celebrate peace month thru fun run, walk and bike
By DPAO, 8ID PA
September 20, 2015
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroppers) Division, Philippine Army,
the 801st Infantry Brigade and the Office of the Presidential Adviser
on the Peace Process (OPAPP) launched a Run, Walk and Bike to
celebrate the 12th National Peace Consciousness Month at 8ID
Grandstand on September 20, 2015.
The National Peace
Consciousness Month is by virtue of Proclamation No. 675 series of
2004 to celebrate peace in the month of September wherein 8ID and
OPAPP joins the whole nation in the observance of Peace Month 2015
with the theme “Pagkakaisa Tungo sa Patuloy na Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran.”
Highlights of the event
started with the Holy Mass officiated by Rev Fr CPT Rey David G.
Loyola followed by the kick-off of Run, Walk and Bike from 8ID
Grandstand to Catbalogan City Proper.
Mr. David Villegas Gange RN,
Program Unit Manager Plan Philippines, led the pledge of peace
followed by a Peace Board Signing by 417 participants from the
different sectors of the society that served as a covenant for peace.
The activity was attended by
Major General Jet B. Velarmino, Commander 8ID; Col. Perfecto M.
Rimando, 801st Brigade Commander; Mrs. Imelda Velarmino; Rev Fr Ferdie
C. Figueroa, Parish Priest, St. Bartholomew Parish Church, Samar
Runners Club, bikers enthusiast and stakeholders in Samar.
Major General Velarmino,
said that the theme is a hopeful reminder that lasting peace is
possible, especially if we all contribute towards it, as it aims to
provide an avenue for stakeholders to envision a peaceful society and
assess what these stakeholders can contribute in ensuring that the
realization of a just and lasting peace is indeed possible.