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Peace symposium hopes to build peace constituency among students

Tacloban City (September 19) -- A Peace Symposium With the Youth will be conducted on September 20, 2007, 8:30 to 11:30 in the morning at the Tacloban City Convention Center.

Deputy Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process USec Nabil Tan will keynote the symposium which will also be attended Mayor Alfred Romualdez and Leyte Vice Governor Mimyet Bagulaya.

Dir. Romeo Montenegro of the OPAPP Media and Public Affairs will present the updates on the Peace Process while Kasim Lauto of the Youth Advocates for Peace from Barira, Shariff Kabunsuan will discuss Youth in War and Peace, A Real Life Experience.

Reactors will come from the local peace group and from a student leader, before the Open Forum where the students will be able to air their questions and concerns about the peace process.

The month of September has been declared as the National Peace Consciousness Month through Proclamation No. 675 dated July 20 2004, to encourage 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.

In the government endeavors to law down fundamental policies and formulate strategies for the country's development, parallel support were notably provided by major key players and stakeholders such as civil societies, international donor organizations and community members.

This support ushers in renewed efforts to continue moving the peace process forward, to enable Mindanao and the rest of the country achieve peace and growth beyond the immediate horizon and build mechanism that will secure peace not merely as a temporary option, but as a permanent achievement and an enduring foundation.

It is in this view that the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process under Secretary Jesus Dureza, in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency Region 8 under Director Olive Tiu, proposed for the setting up of peace dialogues on the ground that will raise public awareness on the current efforts being implemented by the government and other institutions in accordance with the comprehensive peace process.

The youth being seen as one of the major peace stakeholders in the Region, it is important that they will also be provided with information on peace initiatives set by the government to fully achieve sustainable peace and development in the entire island region.

The Peace Symposium with the Youth is primarily intended to create awareness among the general public on the Government's overall comprehensive peace process and gain support to all endeavors relative to the peace and development agenda.

The specific goals of the Peace Symposium is to build a peace constituency and network among students and youth organizations, which shall support and sustain the gains of the peace process and to held this peace constituency define their roles in promoting the peace process and act this role accordingly.

The activity will be participated by the third year and fourth year high school students from the Leyte National High School and from the other secondary schools in Tacloban City. (PIA 8) [top]

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