By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) — Negros Oriental set to join the country in observing National Peace Consciousness Month this September.
The celebration will kick-off with flag raising rites on September 1 at 7:30 am at the Freedom Park, Capitol Area.
Hundreds of local and national government employees and representatives from schools, non-government organizations, police, and military personnel including members of ICT-Dumaguete will participate during the flag raising ceremony and recital of the Pledge of Peace.
Governor Roel Degamo will deliver a “message of peace” after a peace and order situation statement by P/SSupt. Dionardo Carlos of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Col. Allan Martin, brigade commander of 302nd Brigade, during the flag-raising ceremony.
To highlight the activity, doves will be released as symbols for peace, after which the multi-sectoral groups are encouraged to sign their names in a “Signature for Peace-Wall of Commitment”.
On its 12th year observance of National Peace Consciousness Month, the PTWG has coordinated with the private sector, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to conduct a series of activities for the celebration.
These include Run for Peace province-wide with three teams identified to run town-to-town relay of runners; Peace Forum; Art Exhibit for Peace, and a motorcade.
The military forces also intend to undertake a tree planting and growing activity with ROTC students and reservists with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) providing the seedlings.
The peace activities aim to raise awareness in its efforts to engage the Negrenses in the peace process and in the search for a just and lasting peace at the countryside.
Governor Degamo said this undertaking is significant to promote value of peace and unity in the province. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on Aug. 29, 2015)