NegOr guv calls for unity to promote culture of peace

By Roi Lomotan

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Gov. Roel Degamo gives a message at the opening salvo for the local celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month

 

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.

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Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo (2nd from Right) recites the “Pledge for Peace” together with some officers of the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office led by its Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Nestor Tiempo (3rd from Right)during the opening salvo for the celebration of National Peace Consciousness Month. (PIA7-NegOr)

On September 9, there will be an environmental outreach program in Dauin town while on September 10 to 11 there will be a Peace Initiative Cultural Show at the Quezon Park in Dumaguete City.

On September 17 to 18, there will be a tent city and environmental show at Freedom Park, Dumaguete City.

On September 24, officers of the 303rd Infantry Division (ID) of the Philippine Army and NOrPPO will participate in the “Children’s Traditional Games” event wherein they will play native games with the local children.

The month-long celebration ends on Sept. 30 with a Peace Forum to be held at the Provincial Convention Center, city parade, Peace Signing and Candle-lighting Ceremony at the Freedom Park and closing program with a cultural show featuring performances from the Philippine Army Band and the Negros Oriental Orchestra.

Meanwhile, starting Sept. 29 to October 2, the 303rd ID will hold a static and kinetic display at Robinson’s Place Dumaguete.

Officers from the army and the provincial police will also deliver performances at the said place from Oct. 1 to 2.

These activities are conducted by PPOC in cooperation with its partners, the Oriental Negros Children’s Advocacy Network (ONCAN), Bantay Bayanihan and the Negros Oriental League of Student Government. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article as originally published at PIA Website on Sept. 8, 2016)

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