Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. will deliver a message to participants of peace group convenors in Negros Occidental at the opening of National Peace Consciousness Month during the flag raising ceremony at the Provincial Capitol Park in Bacolod City at 7:45 a.m. today, a press release from the capitol said.
September has been declared the month of peace by Presidential Proclamation No. 675 and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No. 0815. This year's theme is “Ako. Ikaw. Tayo, Magkakaiba Nagkakaisa Tungo sa Kapayapaan.”
The month-long celebration to be joined by multi-sectoral groups aims to encourage Filipinos to get involved in the peace process and to rekindle the desire of the Negrenses to achieve just and lasting peace by initiating different peace-building activities in the province, the press release said.
The Harmony Prayer and the Pledge of Peace will be simultaneously recited during tomorrow's flag raising ceremonies in the towns and cities, schools, military posts, police units and other institutions that have signified their support for the peace month.
The launching of the Peace Bulletin Boards will take place in various areas of the province as one of the highlights of today's Peace Month opening.
Among the activities lined for the month are the Sports Peace Basketball Tournament sponsored by the 303 rd Philippine Army in collaboration with the Provincial Budget Office, to be participated by eight competing groups starting September 5.
The “BLT from Good to Great”, a stakeholders planning workshop for the Busog Lusog Talino school feeding program in Negros Occidental beyond 2012, with the University of St. La Salle-Institute for Negros Development, Jollibee Foundation and Department of Education will also be held on September 7, while the Negros Occidental Historical Council Inc. will also hold a special forum on the Values of Local History on the same day for tourism stakeholders, the press release said.
A medical consultation and gift-giving for the World War II surviving veterans will be held by the Provincial Health Office back to back with the Interactive Workshop on WW II Memoirs for Public High School students with the war veterans as the resource persons by the Negros Cultural Foundation and the USLS Masskara Theater Ensemble on September 9, the 67th Negros Island Liberation Day, it added.
The USLS-IND, and the cities of Bago and La Carlota will also feature “Guintubdan through the Youth's Lenses”, a special photo session with the Youth Commitment for Sustainable Development and the young Lasallian photographers, on September 15.*