By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

MARAWI CITY, May 27 (PIA ICCC). – As the internally displaced persons (IDPs) here converged for the Marawi Week of Peace culmination program, they got one great advice: start cultivating peace in yourselves and be one in achieving peace in the community.

“Ang kapayapaan, ay hindi magsisimula sa ibang tao kundi sa ating sarili. Ang problema natin ay hindi kayang maresolba ng isang tao o ng isang grupo. Pagtulungan natin itong lahat; tayo mismong mga taga-Lanao,” Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra said in Maranao dialect.

(Peace does not start with other people, it starts with ourselves. Our problem will not be resolved by one person or a group. We should all unite to solve it – all of us people of Lanao.)

In his message, Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Field Office Manager and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr. also emphasized during the culmination program that “peace ultimately starts with us.”

“It is in how we openly give ourselves to others, tirelessly work together to rebuild Marawi and generally share our skills that we build trust and break barriers,” he pointed out.

Castro also hoped that the second Marawi Week of Peace and Ramadhan would inspire the IDPs to  “continue contributing the best of what we have and what we are towards building a just and lasting peace in Marawi for the generations to come.”

Meanwhile, TFBM Chair and HUDCC Secretary Eduardo del Rosario said that “the commemoration of the Marawi Week of Peace is the triumph of peace over lawlessness.”

TFBM Chair and HUDCC Secretary Eduardo del Rosario explains that the commemoration is for the promotion of peace and to make people understand what the government is doing in order to fast track the rehabilitation of the city. (Photo by Wilnard Bacelonia)

Del Rosario explained that the commemoration is for the promotion of peace and to make people understand what the government is doing in order to fast track the rehabilitation of the city.

Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) also urged the IDPs to take the path to peace.

 “Walang imposible kung tayong lahat ay maghawak-kamay at magtulungan upang makamit ang pinakaminimithing pangarap para sa ating pinakamamahal na Marawi City,” he said.

(Nothing is impossible if we all work hand in hand to achieve our dreams for our beloved Marawi City.)

Launched by TFBM on May 17, 2018, the Marawi Week of Peace sought to promote spiritual development, peace, and social cohesion between the government and the people of Marawi City. (LEAntonio)