September is national peace consciousness month
Tacloban City (September 1) -- Since 2004, the call to unify the nation and make everyone aware of his or her role in the promotion and attainment of peace has been embodied under Proclamation No. 675, which institutionalized the annual observance of every month of September as the National Peace Consciousness Month.
The celebration enjoins all government institutions, civil society groups and even the private sector to initiate and participate in meaningful activities aimed at instilling greater public consciousness and appreciation for the culture of peace.
The holding of the National Peace Consciousness Month every September is also anchored on several triumphs and milestones in the history of the nation's recent endeavors to pursue the peace process, like the signing of Peace Pact or "Sipat" by the Philippine Government and the Cordillera People's Liberation Army on September 13, 1986; the creation of the National Unification Commission through Executive Order No. 19 on September 1, 1992; the issuance of EO 125 on September 15, 1993 by then President Fidel Ramos, which provided for the administrative and policy structure to pursue the NUC's proposed comprehensive peace process agenda, including the creation of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process; and the forging on September 1996 of the Final Peace Agreement between the GRP and the MNLF.
The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process which has been tasked to coordinate the celebrations in this year's observance of the National Peace Consciousness Month, will afford greater focus on the role of the youth in the attainment of lasting peace.
Primarily intended to create awareness among the general public and the youth in particular, on the overall comprehensive peace process and gain support to all endeavors relative to the peace and development agenda, this year's National Peace Consciousness Month celebration hopes to effectively convey the continuing effort of the Philippine government and various peace stakeholders including the international community, to fully implement the Peace Agreement and address continuing vital peace and development imperatives in the country.
This year's celebration also aims to promote building of peace constituency and network among government, Non-government organizations, civil society and youth organizations that will support and sustain the gains of the peace process.
Finally, this year's celebration will engage the youth in various activities that define their roles in a wholesome peace process and enable them to act on these roles accordingly and effectively. (PIA 8) [top]