The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the Committee on Culture, Arts and Interfaith Relations in collaboration with Lanao del Norte Provincial Interfaith Council and the Universal Peace Federation-Mindanao has organized an Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation on October 11, 2017 in the Municipality of Balo-i in coordination with the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army.
Representatives from the religious sector, employees of the Municipal Government of Balo-i, Department of Education-Bacolod, and other stakeholders participated in this activity. Participants marched in the crusade for sustaining Peace from Balo-i Elementary Central School towards the Old Municipal Hall and ends at the New Municipal Building, an estimated 1.5 kilometer apart.
This activity is in support of the vision of the Province of Lanao del Norte in “Bridging Cultures and Religion”, as an avenue for achieving inclusive growth.
The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness for Sustainable Peace in the province and throughout the country. The activity as well honours the fallen soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in the battle field of Marawi for the citizens to continuously live and sleep peacefully at night, and to the innocent civilians who were caught by the atrocities perpetrated by the terrorist group.
Series of activities culminates the day’s program and was highlighted by Peace Covenant Signing at the grounds of the New Municipal Hall.
More than 1000 individuals mostly internally displaced persons (IDPs) have joined the movement which was supervised by the Philippine National Police, 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion and the Philippine Red Cross – Lanao del Norte Chapter.
According to Hon. Grecille I. Matalines, 1st District Board Member, and Chairperson of the Committee on Culture, Arts and Interfaith Relations, “This is actually the 3rd Interfaith Walk for Peace that the Interfaith Council has organized. The first was in the Municipality of Sultan Naga Dimaporo on October 14, 2016, and the second was in the Municipality of Bacolod last February 13, 2017. We chose the Municipality of Balo-i as the host municipality this time, as this Municipality was the first Local Government Unit who responded and extended their help to the victims and evacuees of the Marawi hostilities.”
Featured in the event was the Art work of Nasif Cali, a 13 year old pupil from Denaig Elementary School, Municipality of Poona Piagapo. Cali’s work was adapted to the main concept design of the Interfaith Walk for Peace as seen in the backdrop of the tarpaulins and invitations. Nasif Cali won the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) Children’s Design Competition last year in Rome and awarded him $100 while Denaig Elementary School received $200 for school supplies.
Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo and 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo, and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo continuously urged all residents of the Province of Lanao del Norte to respect and understand each other’s differences with regards to culture, tradition and faith to sustain the peace and order, and for attaining a prosperous and progressive province for all constituents of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty.” PIO-LDN