PASIG CITY, September 2, 2018 – The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and partner advocates all over the country are leading the celebration of National Peace Consciousness Month this September.
With the theme, “Mithiing Kapayapaan: Sama-samang Isakatuparan,” the month-long celebration calls for a unified action towards the shared aspiration for a just, comprehensive, and enduring peace regardless of ideology, religion, and culture.
The carrier tagline of this year’s Peace Month is “Peace Na Tayo,” a simple way to communicate the theme’s call for a participative pursuit for peace.
“Ang trabaho para sa kapayapaan, hindi lamang para sa apektado, dapat lahat tayo, nasa peaceful area man or labas ng fragile communities, sasama tayong lahat para sa pinapatunguhan nating kapayapaan,” Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza said in his message for Peace Month.
(The work for peace is not only for those who are affected. It doesn’t matter if we live in a peaceful area or outside fragile communities. We are united in our journey towards peace.)
Dureza also noted that it was unity that brought milestones in advancing peace in the country.
“Hindi lang ito dahil sa OPAPP, hindi lang dahil sa Pangulo. Ang daming tulong galing sa taumbayan.” he added.
(This is not just the work of OPAPP or the President. The Filipino people provided much-needed support.)
September of every year is National Peace Consciousness Month as declared by Proclamation No. 675 issued in 2004. The same proclamation mandates OPAPP to be the lead government agency to coordinate and monitor its observance.
The formal celebration of Peace Month will begin with the ringing of the Peace Bell at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Monday, September 3, 2018.
Secretary Dureza will also deliver the State of the Peace Process Address (SOPPA) to provide peace updates to the nation. ###