Mariki, ‘home of solidarity’ PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 June 2012 14:31

One day, a Muslim dominated barangay was seen crowded with several people coming from different faiths. They were  inside the newly constructed government-funded Barangay Hall witnessing the “Salamat Dua’a” or he thanksgiving prayer for making the barangay the “Home of Solidarity.”

The Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and the city’s leading interfaith movement named Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace (IRSMP) came to visit the “peace-loving” Barangay Marik ion May 30 for the significant signing of the two peace covenants between the City-Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Education-Schools’ Division of Zamboanga with Mariki barangay officials and its elementary school.

DILG and DepEd have been working hand in hand with PAZ and IRSMP for the implementation of its programs and projects in the different barangays and schools within the city especially on peace and public diplomacy and peace education initiatives.

IRSMP lead convener Fr. Angel C. Calvo, CMF and Muslim Convener Prof. Ali T. Yacub. Al-Hj together with the movement’s members spearheaded the signing of the two historic covenants signing in Mariki.

The two peace covenants aim to further strengthen the already existing ties between two non-government organizations in partnership with the two government offices. 

For years, Mariki has been one of the affiliated communities of PAZ and IRSMP in the sharing of journey towards culture of peace. PAZ and IRSMP had committed itself to an awareness, appreciation and understanding of firmly believing God and serving peace in the community.

Meanwhile, bearing the same objective, the covenant entered into between the DepEd-Division of Zamboanga and Mariki Elementary School is are also anchored on “further strengthening the collaborative efforts and initiatives geared towards peace and development.” — Albert F. Arcilla/Peace Advocates Zamboanga