Walk to Peace for the Youth
21 and 23 of May, 2017 the 4th Annual Declaration of World Peace and Cessation of War Peace Walk commenced in Cotabato and Davao, with the topic of prevention of violent extremism.
At this 4th Annual Commemoration for the Declaration of World Peace, about 250-300 people from various affiliations such as religious, indigenous, youth, governmental, and media participated to spread the message of peace.
Cotabato, The Philippines – Cotabato City-Bangsamoro Youth Walk for Peace (unity for peace, preventing violent extremism, key to lasting peace)
This event was hosted by IPYG, Consortium Bangsamoro Civil Society, and United Youth for Peace and Development and many residents participated. This peace walk was first held in Cotabato and lasted from 6 AM to 9 AM on 21 of May. The event highlighted the goals of HWPL and the IPYG along with the peace walk and continued with the campaign in which banners were adorned with peace dove origami. Also, the secretary general and the president from the youth association spoke on progressing peace.
Danilo Mocsin of Consortium Bangsamoro Civil Society, an organization that helped the event to its realization, strongly pushed for this event to show that the residents of Bangsamoro are against violent extremism. He also expressed his joy in that the Philippines was able to spread the message of peace to the world through this peace walk.
Yusoph S. Lumambas, Secretary General of United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) said, “What we want is only to help on how we can achieve true peace that was long to achieve by the people. We are grateful to HWPL because we know that it is not the only projects that HWPL is doing in achieving peace.” Other participants also spoke on the youth’s role in establishing peace and thus promised to be the messengers of peace with HWPL.
Davao City, The Philippines – Peace Walk to Prevent Violent Extremism
The event was hosted by the IPYG and joined by 11 tribes of Davao, Madrasa Education Institution, Davao Special Force, police, youth, and government institutions. This was the second peace walk, which lasted from 8 AM to 11 AM on 23 of May. The event highlighted the goals of HWPL and the IPYG along with the peace walk and continued with the campaign in which banners were adorned with peace dove origami. Also, the tribe leaders and youth leaders spoke and delivered the message from Mayor Duterte of Davao.
From the participants of this event, Kyle Bascal of the National Youth Commission shared that peace is being free from wars and anything that induces fear. He suggested that everyone think about the peace that we all want and how to be a person that can stand against conflicts and violence.
In this event, Datu Roel Arthur Ali, Deputy Mayor of Ata Triba delivered a strong message, highlighting the need for everyone to be agents of peace. “Since the beginning while his ancestor is still alive, they already want to achieve peace. Youth needs to work also for peace since our ancestor already does,” said Ali. He plans to continue to carry out the peace mural and street cleaning campaign to promote peace with the youth of Cotabato and Davao region.
It is exciting to see the young adults and the residents become the messengers of peace through the peace event. Through the peace mural and street cleaning campaign, all should realize that peace is not something is afar, but rather close.