PIA News Service - Saturday, September 22, 2012

Caraga celebrates Peace month

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept 22 (PIA) -- A series of activities were conducted in the region, in line with this year’s Peace Month celebration.

The celebration is organized by the Caraga Region Institute of Peace (CRIP), Caraga Youth Leaders’ Network CYLN), Generation Peace Network, in partnership with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga, Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga, Local Government of Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU) and Butuan City Vice Mayor atty. Lawrence Fortun.

CRIP Chairperson and Executive Director Rex Ybañez said students from different schools actively participated in the different activities set for the month-long celebration as advocates of peace.

“This is the biggest peace celebration of the year here in Caraga region. Students from different schools were united in its aim for peace and development,” said Ybañez.

Series of campus tours were conducted by the organizers at the following schools: 1) Sunrise Christian College on Aug. 24; 2) Lumbocan National High School on Sept. 5; and 3) Agusan Colleges on Sept. 12.

Along with the conduct of campus tours for peace, poster and story-making contests, the DepEd Butuan City and Agusan del Sur also conducted the simultaneous division-wide Student Leaders and Advisers’ Seminar on Peace and Human Rights.

On Sept. 21, the Caraga State University, Holy Child Colleges of Butuan and Father Urios High School also conducted the same seminar held at their respective schools.

The CRIP is a nonprofit institution with purpose to create and establish civic engagement, education and leadership development opportunities for Caraganons to support peace initiatives at the grassroots level, and advocate for policies which support peace and unity. (RER/JPG/PIA-Caraga)