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Bicol to unveil MOA for peace education and development

by MA Loterte

Legazpi City (21 October) -- Representatives of the different state universities and colleges, private higher education institutions, regional offices of government line agencies and civil society organizations will sign tomorrow (October 22) a consortium agreement in pursuit for peace and development in the Bicol region.

Dr. Herbert Rosana of the, Bicol University said the agreement is a local multi-sectoral initiative that seeks to pursue the objectives of Executive Order 570 and with the end in view of responding to the goals of the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) and the Bicol Medium Term Regional Development Plan (BMTRDP).

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has issued EO 570 for the mainstreaming of peace education in the basic education and teacher education across the country.

"Cognizant to the peace and security situation of Bicol Region as outlined in the MTPDP and BMTRDP, there is the need to promote peace and development in the region addressing the most pressing concerns," Rosana stressed.

Rosana added the technical working group, comprised of the personnel from the different government agencies and private organizations, has already completed the final copy of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), on the other hand, the Office of the Solicitor General has reviewed and already found the document in order.

The consortium agreement will also pave the way for the creation of the Bicol Consortium for Peace Education and Development (BCPED), governed by the Regional Peace and Development Committee (RPDC).

BCPED envisions a strong society of Bicolanos working for peace and sustainable development.

The consortium will lead in developing competent and committed individuals and institutions promoting peace and development in the region through advocacy, capacity building, education, networking and research.

The major tasks of BCPED include providing appropriate support system in advocating peace and development issues; developing and enhancing the knowledge, attitude, and skills of educators, civil societies, government workers, and other peace stakeholders or players for peace building; establishing network with the academe, the government agencies, civil society groups in the local, national, and international levels for information and resource sharing; setting the peace and research agenda and coordinate researches relevant to program development and policy recommendations for the region.

Undersecretary Nabil A. Tan, officer-in-charge of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), has been invited to keynote the signing and unveiling of the MOA at the Arcilla Hall of Bicol University Daraga Campus.

Albay Governor and Bicol Regional Development Council chair Joey Sarte Salceda is also expected to deliver his message during the launching activities.

Meanwhile, Rosana stated that BCPED targets two basic education institutions in Bicol namely San Isidro Elementary School in barangay San Isidro, Castilla, Sorsogon and Lupi High School in Lupi town, Camarines Sur to pilot test the peace education program. (PIA V) [top]

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