EDITORIAL| Engendering peace

AUGUST draws to a close, giving way to the start of the “ber” months.

One of the highlights of September is the celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month which is relevant today with the challenges we are facing.

A statement from the Office of Presidential Assistant on the Peace Process said that this year’s theme is
“Puso para sa Kapayapaan, Magkaisa para sa Bayan,” which focuses on “the positive change we want our country to achieve. “

“The theme also reminds us to put a little more understanding and respect to one another so that despite our many differences, having a diverse culture can be the strength of our country. Usec Nabil Tan, Deputy Peace Adviser, was quoted as saying “Let us find ways in which we can contribute to the ongoing peace process and become catalysts of peace, unity and understanding in our respective communities. I believe that all of us can be peace builders. Let us start now. ”

With the Bangsamoro Basic Law now in the hands of Congress, Mindanawons are looking forward to its discussion and deliberation in both Houses. The process of crafting a law that will enable the Bangsamoro to govern itself is a long awaited struggle. The promises made by the President to right the historical wrongs will assuage the longings of the Bangsamoro to carve their own destiny.

Building a culture of peace is among the mandate of the OPAPP although this ideal should be shared by all sectors if we want to live in an environment where our children are free from harm, where they are not shackled by fear and where they can thrive in a community that enables them to fulfill their full potential.

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