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8ID, OPAPP 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.