The theme for the three-day regional gathering in the Cambodian capital is “Phnom Penh Dialogue 2008 on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace and Harmony,” a follow-up to last year’s 3rd Asia Pacific dialogue in New Zealand.
The fourth interfaith dialogue in Phnom Penh this year and the third meeting at New Zealand’s Waitangi Bay of Islands in May 2007 come after the second meet in Mactan, Cebu in March 2006 and the first one in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in December 2004.
The Cambodian Ministry of Cults and Religions bared that the interfaith dialogue will be held at Hotel Inter-continental along Mao Tse Toung Blvd., Phnom Penh on April 3-6, 2008.
The office of the Senior Minister for Cults and Religions has noted that it is a great honor for Cambodia to be the host country this year in the series of Asia Pacific interfaith dialogues.
The ministry further said Cambodia has also been fortunate to be able to attend this important dialogue starting from Indonesia, the Philippines, and New Zealand.
Aside from Secretary Dureza of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), the delegation is composed of Ambassador Lourdes Morales as Philippine envoy to Cambodia, Secretary-General Isabel Tobias of the Presidential Council on Values Formation (PCVF), and Director Romeo Montenegro of the OPAPP Media and Public Affairs Service.
The delegation is also composed of Executive Director Hadja Jainab Abdulmajid of the Sulu Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council and Dr. Hamid Aminodden Barra of the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy (PCID).
Two of the 13 delegates to the Waitangi dialogue last year will be in Phnom Penh this year. They are Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro City and Bishop Efraim Tendero of the Philippine Council for Evangelical Churches.
The other delegates to the Cambodia dialogue are Bishop Hilario Gomez Jr. of the Protestants National Churches of the Philippines and Ms. Faith Bautista of the Department of Foreign Affairs. (OPAPP)