AFP, groups attend peace gathering
The Northern Luzon Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines, through Task Group Baguio, joined 2,000 individuals from various groups and sectors in the Cordillera in a gathering dubbed “Peace convention: Peace walk and peace concert” on March 29 in Baguio City.
The convention that coincided with the 54th founding anniversary of the New People’s Army aims to celebrate peace while also strengthening commitment and support for the government’s advocacy in promoting peace and development.
The program started with a peace walk from Panagbenga Park to Malcolm Square, followed by a program proper also at the Malcolm Square, where government agencies and groups from various sectors shared their messages for peace, which was followed by a peace concert performed by the AFP, Philippine National Police, and other groups.
With the theme, “Positive and experiential advocacy: Fostering concord and youth empowerment,” Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong commended the youth for their contributions in maintaining peace in the city and also emphasized their greater role in peace-building.
“We in the city government are inspired by the work that the Youth for Peace Baguio has done so far for our community, from community service projects to efforts to raise awareness about important social issues.”
He said the local government relies on the help of the youth in ensuring Baguio as a safe and vibrant place for residents and visitors. He said he is confident the youth will continue their cause and assured support from the city government.
Part of the program is a signature campaign, signing of the wall of commitment to demonstrate support for the government’s advocacy in building peace and development in the city, and condemning youth recruitment into violent activism.
The Sentrong Alyansa ng mga Mamamayan para sa Bayan Cagayan Chapter, an organization of former rebels, led an indignation rally in Gattaran, Cagayan with the theme, “Talna ken Kapya: Talikuran na ang karahasan; kapayapaan ay yakapin!” – Press release