Peace Weaver awardees bared PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 10:40

For their exceptional and outstanding services to social justice and communal peace, Interreligious Solidarity for Peace Movement (IRSMP)  who is leading the celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace  named three individuals and two organizations as this year’s recipients of the Peace Weaver Award in ceremonies held on Sunday at a local hotel.

The awardees are late the Hadji Ahmad Sakaluran, who founded the Salam Foundation, Retired Lt. General Ben Dolorfino, the former chief of the Western Mindano Command and Gualberto Largo, program officer o the Social Action Diocese of the town of Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay, while the two organizations are Tzu Chi Foundation, who is hailed for its health services for the poor, and World Vision Human Development Foundation.

Special peace citations were given to Dr. Norma Vecina for her education services, Manuel Banua, former village chief of Sta. Catalina for good governance, Prof. Norma Conti, for her valuable contributions in local music and arts, theABS-CBN regional network, and late Lorna Pulalon, who martyred in defending her students in the Talisayan elementary school stabbing incident.

Fr. Angel Calvo, president of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ), which is IRSMP’s secretariat,  said the awardees will serve as an inspiration to the public, particularly to the next generation, in the now long quest for peace in Mindanao.

Presidential Adviser on PeacePprocess Teresita Q. Deles, who was the guest of the awarding night, congratulated the awardees.

“I congratulate this year’s winners for continuing to be a concrete and living proof to the people of Mindanao, and to the whole country, of a peace that can be made to work despite all the difficulties and challenges that beset every process and road to peace.  You are all truly admirable individually, and, together as a group, in the diversity of your work, background, and contribution, you are awesome,” she said.

Secretary Deles also rallied stakeholders to work more for peace in Mindanao.

“We are crafting a peace shared by all, and in the process, our appreciation of the distinct but complementary roles of the different stakeholders have become deeper and more palpable.  We are weaving a peace tapestry—the more threads are interwoven, the more colors arrayed the more textures combined, the more beautiful and durable it is,” she said.

PAZ initiated  giving the recognition to outstanding individuals and organizations who devoted efforts towards peace building in the city or region, Fr. Calvo noted.

The peace weaver award started in 1998. Its past awardees included prominent local leaders like the late Hadji Jainuddin Nuno, Amilhussin Jumaani, and Sultan Unding Pamaran. Claretian priest Fr. Rhoel Gallardo who was killed while under captivity of the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan was also another awardee.

Week of Peace 2010 is observed from November 25 to December 1, on which day a torch parade and concert will be held at Paseo del Mar.

By Darwin Wally Wee/PAZ