Celso declares Mindanao week of peace PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 November 2012 14:40

Mayor Celso Lobregat has issued an executive order declaring the period from November 29 to December 5 this year as Mindanao week of peace and calling on all constituents of the city to actively participate in the week-long activities prepared Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and the Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace.

Executive Order 483-2012 is pursuant to Proclamation Order 127 issued Nov. 26, 2001 by then President Arroyo declaring the last Thursday of November up to the first Wednesday of December of every year thereafter as Mindanao week of peace.

Based on the proclamation order, all concerned government agencies and instrumentalities, including government owned and controlled corporations and members of the private sector and civil society based in Mindanao are enjoined and encouraged to engage in relevant and meaningful activities I celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace in coordination with the Bishops Ulama Conference.

Lobregat said the “government recognizes the common aspirations of MIndanaoans to live in peace, unity and harmony with each other regardless of status in life, religion or culture”.

To raise and sustain consciousness for a culture of peace among the people of Mindanao, there is a need to provide a venue for expression of peace aspirations in various forms and for convergence of peace initiatives, the mayor’s order stressed.

The observance of Mindanao week of peace in Zamboanga is organized by the Peace Advocates Zamboanga and the Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace with the theme “Love of God and Love of Neighbor, A Challenge for Mindanao with a sub-theme “Together for Sustainable Peace in Mindanao”.

Lobregat’s executive order enjoins the active participation of all schools, government entities, private institutions, NGOs, parishes, church-based organizations, civil society groups, urban poor communities and other people’s organizations in this year’s lined-up activities.

The order was issued last November 7. — Sheila Covarrubias