ZAMBOANGA CITY (Peace Advocates Zamboanag) – This year’s 20th Week of Peace celebration will kick off with the traditional grand parade tomorrow, November 27.
Thousands of students, government workers, civil society and religious leaders and representatives, soldiers, policemen, urban poor and others are expected to take part. They will start off at 7:00 AM from Centro Pastoral along Gov. Camins Avenue and march to the Pasonanca Park. A program will be held there, at the Boy Scout amphitheater.
Fr. Angel Calvo, lead convenor of the organizing-sponsoring group Interreligious Solidarity for Peace (ISP), said this year’s celebration theme is “Healing the Past, Building the Future”.
The theme will underscore the immediate need to help the city, especially the direct victims of last year’s MNLF violence in the city, to rebuild the community and rehabilitate the internally displaced persons, Fr. Calvo said.
The other activities are: Nov. 28 (8:00-3:OOPM, Centro Latino) – Children and Youth Peace Assembly; Nov. 29 – Historical and Solidarity Journey to Sacol Island; Nov. 30 (Claret Gymnasium) – Peace Weaver Awarding Ceremony; Dec. 1 – Peace and Governance Conference (Marcian Garden Convention Center) with Congresswoman Leni Robredo as guest speaker; Dec. 2 – ARTS PeaceTival Launching of the Peace Arts Gallery (Ateneo de Zamboanga University); ARTS PeaceTival Mural Painting (Recodo and Mampang); Dec. 3 (Paseo del Mar) – Torch Parade and MusicPeacetival.
Post-Week activities are a forum on emerging issues on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on December 5 and the PAZSalamat year-ending program on Dec. 10.
Mayor Ma. Isabel Climaco-Salazar earlier issued an executive order enjoining government agencies and sectoral groups to participate in these activities.
The Week is also observed in various parts of Mindanao, led by the Bishops-Ulama Council.
The Bishops-Ulama Conference adopted in 1999 the Mindanao Week of Peace after Zamboanga City’s Peace Weei. (Peace Advocates Zamboanga)