NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo called on Oriental Negrenses to work together to promote a culture of peace in the province so that future generations will live in harmony.
Gov. Degamo spearheaded the opening salvo for the local celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month during the flag raising ceremony of Capitol employees at Freedom Park, Dumaguete City on Sept. 5.
The theme of the celebration is “Tayo ang Pagbabago. Tayo ang Kapayapaan.”
In his message during the ceremony, Gov. Degamo stressed that the annual observance of the National Peace Consciousness Month aims to harness a culture of peace among different sectors and inspire them to play their part in achieving and just and lasting peace in the country.
Degamo mentioned in his message some of the recent events in the province and in the country that pose threats to peace.
“Only last Friday or two days before we can the start the Peace Month celebration, the entire nation was shaken with the news with a bombing incident in Davao City that left 14 people dead and several others wounded. In other parts of the country, hundreds are dying in the streets and elsewhere due to various illegal activities. Right here in our province, a woman in Bacong town was burned to death by her live-in partner for reasons he only knows,” he said.
“Incidents like these tend to disturb the peace that we all aspire for and work hard to achieve. These also bring us to the realization that you and I, also all of us, have to join hands and work together to achieve peace as this year’s theme says “Tayo ang Pagbabago. Tayo ang Kapayapaan (Change is within us. Peace is within us),” he added.
On the other hand, officials from the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOrPPO) and the Philippine Army supported this call in their messages at the said event.
“May we ignite the true spirit of patriotism and enkindle in every heart the desire to create a one world of peace. May God’s blessing be with us, the cornerstone of peace,” said Sr. Supt. Nestor Tiempo, the officer in charge and provincial director of NOrPPO.
Lt. Col. Joel Baling, executive officer of the 303rd Infantry Division (ID) of the Philippine Army, came to share the message of their Commanding Officer Francisco Delfin.
“Peace is a shared responsibility and can be won by Bayanihan. As we usher toward peace and development, let us work hand in hand and strengthen our commitment to pursue peace,” Baling relayed the message of Delfin to the audience.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) together with its partner Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) will observe this year’s National Peace Consciousness Month with activities that promote environment and peace awareness.