Bancasi, Butuan City – the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) launched yesterday, November 28, 2019 the Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP) celebration with a theme “Towards Human Fraternity for Peace in Mindanao” held at St James, The Great, Parish Church Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.
The MWOP which will run from November 28 – December 4, 2019 is spearheaded by the Diocese of Butuan City. Participants of the said activity include Inter-faith groups coming from the communities of Muslim, Indigenous Peoples (IP) and Christians who will share their culture and perspective on peace together with different stakeholders, the national and local government agencies to include the Army and PNP.
Major Francisco P Garello Jr, Civil Military Operations Officer of the 402nd Infantry Brigade representing the AFP in Caraga in his speech said, “Peace is a shared responsibility”. He challenged the attendees to reflect and take active participation on what they can share to promote peace and enjoin them to support the EO 70 embodying the principle of the Whole of Nation Approach (WNA).
An activity dubbed as “Lingganay sa Kalinaw” was also conducted during the launching program for the blessing and installation of an antique bell at the said parish church donated by US-Philippines Society Association and followed by the Press Conference led by Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga.
Most Rev. Cosme Damian Almedilla, Bishop of Butuan City, led the blessing of the antique bell while participants chant “Mindanao!, Kalinaw! when the bell was hoisted which symbolizes the unity and peace among different sectors, in celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace.
Mayor Norbert Pagaspas of the municipality of Buenavista, expressed his appreciation for the momentous MWOP, celebration and reminded the people to be united in achieving peace. He further encouraged everyone to become agents of peace.
Meanwhile, Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine, Commander of the 402nd Brigade, lauded the members of CCPD for continuously advocating peace and leading and uniting different faiths to promote peace for many years now. He said, “We in the AFP, are in one with the CCPD and other peace-loving people in their pursuit of long and lasting peace in Mindanao. Being the agency that is at the forefront of the insurgency problem, we believe that the implementation of the EO70 has given other agencies a mandate to anchor peace in their respective programs and services”.