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PIA Press Release
2007/09/21

Thousands of Tacloban HS students join OPAPP-PIA peace symposium with youth

Tacloban City (September 21) -- More than three thousand third year and fourth year students from the secondary schools in Tacloban City trooped to the Tacloban City Convention Center to answer the call for support to the government's peace process.

Held in connection with the commemoration of the month of September as the National Peace Consciousness Month, the September 20 Peace Symposium with the youth is a joint undertaking of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process under Secretary Jesus Dureza and the Philippine Information Agency Region 8 under the leadership of Director Olive Tiu, in coordination with the City Government of Tacloban under the leadership of Mayor Alfred Romualdez, the Provincial Government of Leyte under the Leadership of Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla, the Department of Education Regional Office 8 under Director Sol F. Matugas and the DepEd Tacloban City Division under the leadership of Dr. Ronilo Firmo.

The students from the Leyte National High School, the Marasbaras National High School, the Cirilo Roy Montejo National High School and the Tacloban Agricultural National High School who were at the Convention Center as early as 7:30 in the morning, listened enthusiastically to the speech of the Keynote Speaker in the person of Undersecretary Nabil Tan of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process who impressed upon the youth that the most important work of the government today is the strengthening and advocating the culture of peace in the country.

Aside from Usec Tan, Dir. Romeo Montenegro of the OPAPP Media Affairs Division presented the current status of the peace process, while young peace worker from Manguindanao, Kasim Lauto shared his real life experience as a youth in war and peace.

Director Olive Tiu gave an overview of the activity and also gave the closing remarks thanking the participants and the partners who made the Peace Symposium a success even as she exhorted the youth of Tacloban to say yes to the call for unity in order to make louder, the young voices calling for the end of war and strife among co-Filipinos.

The students actively participated in the symposium by rendering a dance and song numbers, by giving reactions and by asking questions during the Open Forum. This is a strong indication of the students and the school administrators and faculty members' support for the achievement of lasting peace in the country. (PIA 8) [top]

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