Thousands Join Torch Parade as Mindanao Week of Peace Ends
December 7, 2006

December 7, Zamboanga City – Close to 2000 students, government employees, NGOs, urban poor, youths, religious leaders, military and local police joined the torch parade that marked the end of the Mindanao Week of Peace 2006 celebration held at CDCP Complex this city yesterday.

Spearheaded by the Inter-Religious Solidarity Movement for Peace (IRSMP) and the National Commission on Human Rights IX, the parade featured torch-bearing participants who trouped to the CDCP grounds at the back of Fort Pilar Shrine for the closing program.

In his message, PAZ President and Inter-Religious Solidarity Movement for Peace lead Convener Father Angel Calvo stressed that the involvement and participation of the different sectors of civil society, the military and the local police was a concrete manifestation of everyone’s aspiration for peace. The co-conveners of the IRSMP are Pastor Palis of the Protestant Group and Mr. Jeff Kimpa of the Muslim Sector, while NCR Region IX was lead by Director Jose Manuel Mamauag.

Among the agencies, schools and NGOs that participated in the torch parade where the ZCWD, Bureau of Fire Protection, WMSU, Universidad de Zamboanga, PAZ, Claret School, Zamboanga City Polytechnic College, STI, Filipino-Turkish Tolerance High School, Western Mindanao Command Band, Holy Rosary Family Center – Pasobolong, Margarita Village Organization, Zambaonga State College of Marine Science and Technology, COMTECH, Naval Forces Western Mindanao, AGAPE, Southern City Colleges, Ateneo de Zamboanga University band, WMCC, Subanen Community, Sacred Heart Action Center, Kapatid-Zamboanga, Zamboanga Youth for Peace, Dominican Youth Group and Zamboanga Archdiocesan Women Religious Association.

During the closing program, the winners to the Essay Writing Contest were also announced. The 1st place went to Paula Isabel V. JareƱo of Claret School of Zamboanga who received a cash price of P1,500 and a certificate. The 2nd place was awarded to Mathiya Ali of Southern City Colleges while Andrea Agnes S. Enriquez of St. Joseph School was adjudged third placer. The 2nd and 3rd place winners received a cash prize of P1,000 and P500 respectively. The non-winners each recieved P300 in cash and a certificate of participation. (Marissa Makasiar / Rufina A. Cruz, WMSU-CDIC)