By Jennifer C. Tilos
DUMAGUETE CITY, Aug. 30 (PIA) –Negros Oriental is set to join the nation in observing National Peace Consciousness Month this September.
The celebration will kick-off with flag raising rites on September 2 at 8:00 am at the Freedom Park, Capitol Area.
The month-long celebration will be joined by hundreds of local and national government employees, schools, non-government organizations representatives including the police and military personnel during the flag raising ceremony who will simultaneously recite the Panunumpa sa Watawat ng Pilipinas, followed by the provincial hymn.
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”.
Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo will deliver a “message of peace” during the flag-raising ceremony with this year’s theme “Lahat ay Peace-sible.”
Immediately after the program, a press conference will be held with the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) at the old Session Hall, Provincial Capitol building.
According to Philippine Army 302nd Brigade Deputy Commander Col. Christopher Estella in a meeting recently, September has been declared as the Month of Peace pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 675 issued in 2004 because many of the peace milestones that occurred during the month.
Col. Estella said that on its 10th year observance, PPOC in coordination with the private sector, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders will conduct a series of activities for the month-long activity celebration.
This includes Run or Bike for Peace with town-to-town relay of runners, Peace Forum, medical mission, feeding program, Art for Peace, a parade, and concert for peace to be concluded with ecumenical service and program.
The council also intends to undertake a tree planting activity with the police and military forces at Barangay Tayak, Siaton.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will provide the seedlings.
The peace activities aim to raise awareness on the efforts to engage Negrenses in the peace process and in the search for a just and lasting peace at the countryside. (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-NegOr)