Messages of support from solons pour in for Yes for Peace – Bayanihan ng Bayan

MANILA, Oct. 2 (PIA) — Messages of support for Yes for Peace – Bayanihan ng Bayan have poured in on Monday, this time, from Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III and Tawi-Tawi Lone District Representative Ruby S. Sahali.

Sotto expressed his felicitations to Yes for Peace, an ongoing campaign towards a just, unifying and lasting peace in our country.

“I am one with you in this timely objective as we are in an era where both local and international hostilities are plaguing our land,” the current Senate president said in his message.

“Again, you have my unwavering support for peace and stability in our country. Continue to educate and empower our citizens that they may be able to protect themselves and the nation as a whole, with their vigilance and awareness,” Sotto added.

For her part, Sahali, who also chairs the Special Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity of the House of Representatives said, “YES FOR PEACE – Bayanihan ng Bayan is living up to its good name and reputation as facilitator for a collective and simultaneous peace undertaking in the country today, one that involves barangays, municipalities, cities, provinces and regions.”

“Indeed, the YES FOR PEACE – Bayanihan ng Bayan advocacy is relevant to, and supportive of, the peace and development policies and programs of the Duterte Administration. And it is within the mandate of the Special Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity in the House of Representatives to initiate, pursue and support peace-related legislation and activities,” Sahali said. 

“Our people also deserve the best of our efforts when it comes to peace – particularly, in the normalization process. They want to feel “real” governance – that is, efficient and effective delivery of basic services, more infrastructure and agricultural development projects, sustained and expanded rural-based peace and development programs, women and youth empowerment and other social interventions. All these can be readily and expeditiously achieved through the Bayanihan concept. In fact, if all in government will move together – in unison and with the same goal – while putting into immediate action and use all of its manpower and resources, there will never be a poor family in the country left unattended nor a poor community neglected,” she added.

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Earlier, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in his Message for Yes for Peace – Bayanihan ng Bayan said, “Cultural differences, political disputes, and other socio-economic challenges are some of the reasons why our country cannot totally move forward.  These issues have slowed down our nation’s growth and have built a barrier that prevents our citizens from realizing their potential.”

President Duterte added, “The government reaffirms our commitment in addressing these concerns. Peace-building and development efforts clearly manifest the sincerity of our government in opening doors of opportunities for healing, reconciliation and possible partnerships for progress.” 

Meanwhile, in a bid to make Davao City the pilot area for the “Upward Declaration of Yes for Peace Zones,” Davao City Association of Barangay Captains president and Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas vice-president for Mindanao Edgar R. Ibuyan also expressed his full support to the campaign through Ernesto A. Alcanzare, Yes for Peace lead organizer. 

Alcanzare said Ibuyan is confident that the proposal will get the favourable response of Mayor Sarah Duterte – Carpio in as much as it is in tune with Davao City’s Peace 911 Peace and Development caravan to deliver community-based peace and development programs of various government agencies to conflict affected areas. (PIA-NCR)

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