Cong. Beng’s interfaith week bill, now a law PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 May 2013 14:13

President Noynoy Aquino the other day signed into law the bill authored by District 1 Cong. Beng Climaco declaring the first week of February of every year as “World Interfaith Harmony Week” in the entire country.

Republic Act 10525 is a consolidation of Climaco’s House Bill 6148 and Senate Bill 3278 and was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on January 28, 2013 and February 4, 2013 respectively.

The law is another highlight in Climaco’s stellar performance and achievements during her two-terms in Congress that contributed to her colossal win in the City’s mayoralty race last Monday.

The law mandates all government agencies and instrumentalities to conduct activities designed to advance the message of harmony and goodwill in accordance with religious traditions and practices on the first week of February every year.

Climaco expressed jubilation over the president’s approval of the law stressing that it is very important for people to recognize the significance of promoting interfaith harmony in pursuit of peace in the country and the world.

February of last year, the National Ulama Conference of the Philippines (NUCP) staged a gathering in Zamboanga City called “World Interfaith Harmony Week” participated by inter-religious groups. The UN encourages all nations to support this celebration in an effort to carry the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in all places of worship worldwide based upon the foundational teachings of love of God and neighbor in accordance with their religious traditions and practices.

For more than 30 years, peace in Mindanao has remained elusive owing to many factors, not only economic in nature but culturally as well. The Aquino administration exerts considerable effort to seek and promote peace throughout the region primarily via renewed peace negotiations, promoting a culture of peace and non-violence as well as interreligious and intercultural dialogues. — MS