By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

MARAWI CITY, Oct. 20 (PIA ICCC) — The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) in partnership with the Mindanao State University (MSU) spearheaded a peace forum with the academe, youth, women, religious and business sectors and internally displaced persons (IDPs) of this city in attendance.

This forum aims to revisit the individual and institutional commitment for the rehabilitation of Marawi City and for the achievement of peace in Lanao del Sur.

“Ang pagtitipon na ito ang magbibigay daan upang tayo ay makapag-usap at magpalitan ng kuro-kuro kung paano natin maisusulong ang kapayapaan at kaunlaran dito sa inyong lugar,” OPAPP Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. said.

(This gathering will provide an avenue for us to discuss and exchange views on how we bring peace and progress here in your community.)

Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chair Secretary Eduardo del Rosario said that “part of the objective of the rehabilitation of Marawi is to provide growth and sustainable development, and promote good governance.”

Meanwhile, MSU President Habib Macaayong urged the people to join hands to “achieve the common goal to fulfill and achieve peace and progress in a kinder and gentle world.”He also announced that OPAPP would soon be signing a memorandum of understanding with MSU wherein OPAPP will be providing support to the university’s peacebuilding institute to ensure its sustainability.

Citing MSU’s crucial role in Marawi’s recovery, Galvez underscored the importance of “building an army of peacebuilders and uniting Muslims, Christians and Indigenous Peoples on campus and beyond.”

As part of the Subcommittee on Security, Peace, and Order of TFBM, OPAPP continues to promote peacebuilding efforts and social healing to the affected community.

OPAPP also committed to supporting MSU’s peace and development institute to ensure its sustainability. (LEAntonio/PIA ICCC | Photo from OPAPP)