Bets to present peace-making platforms in Saturday’s Forum PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 April 2013 10:59

Zamboanga City’s congressional and mayoralty candidates will have the chance to present their “peace platforms” in the “Special Local Candidates Forum” to be held on Saturday, April 13, in Marcian Business Hotel, this city.

“By ‘peace platform’ we mean those priority issues and concerns affecting the marginalized and vulnerable segments of our community, such as the urban poor, indigenous peoples, families displaced by war and countryside violence and environmental destruction,” said Fr. Angel Calvo, lead convenor of the Interreligious Solidarity for Peace (ISP), the main sponsor of the forum.  Much of the incidence of unpeace and violence in our society arise from the conditions of poverty, cultural prejudices, and lack of access to social services among these marginalized sectors, Fr. Calvo said.

Saturday’s forum will particularly focus on the candidates’ plans and  commitments to resolve or uplift the socio-economic problems and difficulties of the poor and marginalized residents of the city and thereby strengthen their quality of life and sense of human security, Fr. Calvo said.

The forum is open to the public.  Aside from ISP, it is co-sponsored by Peace Advocates Zamboanga, Regional Bantay Bayanihan, and the United Front for Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Election (UF-HOPE). UF-HOPE is a network of several organizations including the Catholic Church-led Parish-Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Armed Forces of the Philippines and academic institutions.  A panel from these organizations will quiz the candidates.

Aside from the peace platform issues, the forum would also tackle the city’s pressing problems, such as high criminality, power shortage, jobs and governance.

The forum will start at 1:30 in the afternoon. — Peace Advocates Zamboanga