From the Manila Bulletin (May 18): Week of Peace to celebrate heroism and bravery of survivors, victims of Marawi siege
The Sangguniang Panlungsod of the Islamic City of Marawi in its regular session on May 15, through its mayor Atty. Majul Gandamra. has passed an ordinance declaring every 17th to 23rd of May of every year as a Marawi Week of Peace at the Marawi City Hall, May 17.
The ordinance supported by Resolution 93 series of 2018 has enjoined the different offices of the city government, national government agencies (NGAs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), religious and private sector to support the celebration, ABC president Farmida Macabando said.
With this, the city government of Marawi greatly honors the act of heroism and bravery of those who died and survived the siege on May 23, 2017, launched by the ISIS-inspired terrorists, the ordinance said.
TFBM Field Manager Asec Felix Castro, Jr., and Asec Rolando Asuncion of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) led the ribbon cutting during the opening of the Marawi Week of Peace with its theme “Peace starts with us, Give Work Share” at the Marawi city hall Thursday. (MANILA BULLETIN)
A gesture in honoring their act, it is important to declare a special week of peace, a weeklong celebration to commemorate the tragic incident and to serve as a reminder for all the constituents and to work for its nonrecurrence, Macabando said.
Thus, it marks the new beginning of the people of Marawi moving forward for a long and lasting peace.
Atty. Faisal Cali, a representative to the provincial government, said peace is a shared responsibility and this is all our concern issues. Thus he called everyone to not just demand peace rather implement it.
“We call on not just our neighbors, but also our fellow Maranaos, fellow Christians to please not just demand peace–implement peace, iyan po ang kailangan natin (that’s what we need).”
Ito ang pinakamagandang oras, o araw o period of the year kung kailan pwedeng pag-usapan ang kapayapaan– ang Ramadan palaging iniisip iyang kapayapaan at alam naman natin ano nangyayari doon sa May 23 (This is the best time, day or period of the year when we talk about peace— the Ramadan always thinks of peace and we all know what is happening on May 23) ,” said Field Office Manager, Task Force Bangon Marawi Asec Felix Castro Jr., field office manager.
Those things can be prevented to happen again if everybody will pursue peace individually, he said.
From May 17 to 23, the Marawi Week of Peace will provide socio-economic support to IDP families, foster spiritual development particularly among the youth and promote social healing among others.
TFBM will conduct food drives, open civil registration services, and sponsor job food trade and trade fairs to improve livelihood and employment opportunities.
The National Commission on Muslim. Filipinos and the Ulama League will conduct “khutbas and wasiyats” (religious preachings) and open seminars to remind us all especially that Islam is a religion of peace.
Moreover, youth groups will lead the cleanup drives to instill in others the importance of civic responsibility.