From the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
September 1, 2015
Peace Month to focus on continuing legacy of national unity for peace and progress.
This September, National Peace Consciousness Month has “Pagkakaisa Tungo sa Patuloy na Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran” as its theme. The theme emphasizes the need for unity among Filipinos to ensure peace and continued progress.
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September is “National Peace Consciousness” MonthThe celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month will focus on continuing the legacy of peace and progress through unity among Filipinos, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) announced today.
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles said the National Peace Consciousness Month will have as its theme “Pagkakaisa Tungo para sa Patuloy na Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran” to stress the need for unity among Filipinos to ensure peace and the country’s progress.
The Philippines celebrates the National Peace Consciousness Month during the month of September every year as mandated under Proclamation No. 675 issued in July 2004. The presidential proclamation was issued to “instill greater consciousness and understanding among the Filipino people on the comprehensive peace process to strengthen and sustain institutional and popular support for and participation in this effort, as well as in the global movement spearheaded by the United Nations to promote a Culture of Peace based on nonviolence, respect for fundamental rights and freedoms, tolerance, understanding and solidarity.”
To kick off the celebration of the Peace Consciousness Month, the OPAPP will open an information exhibit at Trinoma and at the House of Representatives in Quezon City featuring the Bangsamoro region and its people, and the campaign for the passage into law of the Bangsamoro Basic Basic Law (BBL).
On the evening of September 1, the cable news network ABS-CBN News Channel is set to put the Bangsamoro peace process and the BBL in the spotlight as it hosts “Peace and Justice: A Beyond Politics Special on the BBL” from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.
The hour-long live TV forum will discuss the current status of the BBL in both chambers of Congress and what steps the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels are taking to ensure the peace while deliberations on the proposed bill are ongoing.
To give Filipinos an opportunity to learn more about the impact of peace on the country’s development efforts, the OPAPP will also hold a Media Forum on September 18.