Police spearheads Day of Prayer in Bontoc
by Andrew Doga-ong
BONTOC, Mt. Province (15 September) -- Various sectors in this capital-town converged at the municipal plaza, at 2:00 in the afternoon, Wednesday, September 12 to join in the simultaneous nationwide praying for peace and reconciliation.
Spearheaded by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Provincial Office and the Municipal Police of Bontoc, the activity saw the participation of various civic organizations, churches, schools, school organizations, police, army, the Bontoc Women's Brigade, local officials, media and the community.
The gathering is line with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Proclamation No. 1362 declaring September 12 of this year as a National Day of Prayer and Reconciliation to promote peace and unity among Filipinos thereby attain national development and progress.
In his welcome remarks, PNP Provincial Director Police Sr. Superintendent Jim Cid, as read by his Provincial Deputy Director Police Superintendent William Vitenio, thanked all the sectors who heeded their invitation for the observance of the National Day of prayer and reconciliation.
He said the prayer assembly hopes to bring every Filipino regardless of ethnicity and beliefs to fall on their knees, and as one nation, ask for unity and reconciliation among Filipinos from the Almighty.
Governor Maximo Dalog, who delivered his message through prayer and in the local dialect, stressed the need of reaffirmation of one's commitment for peace and reconciliation through personal reflection and to work for the general welfare specifically for the children.
Bontoc mayor Franklin Odsey rallied the participants to pray together and find ways and means to reconcile with one's enemies and work together so as to make Bontoc a haven of peace.
Representatives of the various churches also delivered their respective prayers for peace and reconciliation particularly for our national, provincial and municipal officials and the nation as a whole that is beset by hostility and constant conflict.
Another feature of the gathering is the signing of Covenant on Peace with Justice and Unity among the various sectors' representatives and local officials with PNP Provincial officials headed by Cid and Bontoc Chief of Police P/inspector Pablo Undalos. (PIA-Mt. Province) [top]