Sec. Dureza responds to calls for peace at Sultan Kudarat forum
by Aida C. Agad
Koronadal City (20 September) -- Calls for Peace mounts at the Peace Forum held inside the 3-storey Sultan Kudarat provincial capitol on Monday, September 24, highlighting the annual observance of the National Peace Consciousness Month every September of each year.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has directed the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process under secretary Jesus Dureza to take the lead in this year's coordinative efforts for the monthlong celebration which will be capped with an interaction here in the province of Sultan Kudarat especially with the youth sector's role in the attainment of lasting peace in the country which is threatened of terrorism, communist insurgency and other forms of lawlessness.
Secretary Dureza is expected to respond to various peace calls from the province's different sectors representing the Youth, Business, Women, Muslim Professional, Local Governance and other peace advocates.
The forum will be viewed over government's Channel 4-National Br0adcasting Network (NBN) program "Kapayapaan Atin Ito" co-hosted by secretary Dureza and aired every Tuesday at 7:30 AM.
Spicing up the activity, the Department of Labor (DOLE 12) and the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) in Davao spearhead a two-day Jobs Fair on September 24-25, 2007 at the Provincial Capitol Lobby along which the National Food Authority will also open a makeshift-booth "Tindahan Natin" marketing NFA well-milled rice @ PhP18/kilo and grocery items.
Peace advocates and other peace-loving residents and visitors will also be treated with Peace exhibits displayed at the capitol lobby, jointly prepared by the OPAPP, MEDCO, GEM and Act for Peace, LGU-Sultan Kudarat.
Philippine Information Agency 12 director Olivia T. Sudaria also vowed "support to communicate efforts of the government towards lasting peace."
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 anchored on several triumphs and milestones in the history of the nation's recent endeavors to pursue the peace process, 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. (PIA 12) [top]