Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Lumad voices, top priority in Butuan

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 27 - On its pursuit of just and lasting peace anchored on inclusivity and unity, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process' (OPAPP) Peace Buzz made its fifth stop in Butuan to converse with the Lumads on September 27.

During a press conference, Undersecretary Diosita Andot, imparted that OPAPP is using this opportunity to focus on peace education and discussions with the Indigenous People (IP) to merge their aspirations with OPAPP’s vision on attaining a just and lasting peace.

“Mayroon tayong peace tables for the IPs alone and this is a very good development because, whereas in the past, ang sektor na ito ay hindi halos naririnig. Ngayon, binibigyan natin sila ng puwang at binibigyan talaga natin sila ng all possible opportunities to participate in the peace process,” Andot shared.

(We have a peace table for the IPs alone and this is a very good development because, whereas in the past, this sector is not much heard. Now they are given a venue, and all possible opportunities to participate in the peace process.)

Simultaneously, activities were held in Caraga's regional center, including the Communicator’s Peace forum on Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

Since the inception of OPAPP's IP Peace Table, the peace agency has been open to hearing out the Lumads of CARAGA. From the men and women, to their youth sectors, peace conversations were conducted in the region.

As part of the region's efforts on celebrating the National Peace Consciousness Month, Caraga launched the “Dalan sa Kalinaw” or the “Roadmap for Peace”, with one of its four main points focusing on the IPs of CARAGA.

Through the theme “Puso Para sa Kapayapaan, Magkaisa Para sa Bayan”, OPAPP placed highlight on the people’s passion for peace and their efforts in working together amidst diversity.

Butuan supported this call through the city’s “Commitment for Peace,” signed by national and local officials and the residents of Butuan City.

The Peace Buzz is a caravan that will travel nationwide to showcase and highlight the peace building efforts of the government and provide updates on development of the peace process. The Peace Buzz will drop by key cities to engage and collaborate with different stakeholders.

The Peace Buzz kicked off in Baguio City with the framed prayer offering for people of Marawi residing in Iligan highlighting the event. It then proceeded to Quezon City with the ceremonial ringing of the World Peace Bell. Afterwards, it went to Legazpi City, Albay and was joined by Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2017 and National Peace Ambassadress Elizabeth Clenci, to entertain the children and disabled folks residing in Sagrada Familia Foundation. In the island of Samar, it witnessed the launching of Samar's "Peace and Prosperity Roadmap".


The Peace Buzz will continue its Mindanao journey to the "Crown Jewel" city of Davao, followed by a stop in Cotabato City before concluding in Iligan City for the closing of the peace month on October 1. (OPAPP)