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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Pagadian celebrates ‘World Interfaith Harmony Week’

By Claro A. Lanipa

PAGADIAN CITY – Eighty values and Araling Panlipunan elementary and high school teachers have participated in a forum held on Feb. 5 at the Teachers’ Center at San Jose district here by the Movement for the Restoration of Discipline (MRDP) in partnership with the Interfaith Forum Solidarity for Peace (IFSP) during the World Interfaith Harmony Week celebration last week.

Republic Act No. 10525 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on April 23, 2013 declared the first week of February of each year as World Interfaith Harmony Week in the entire country, calling on the different government agencies and instrumentalities including government-owned and controlled corporations as well as local government units to carry out the observance of activities designed to advance the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in accordance with religious traditions and practices.

Regional Director Noemi B. Edaga of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-9 served as one of the resource speakers in the said forum. She emphasized that “communication is a vital element in building a strong republic, thus, the Philippine government operates an agency tasked with responding to the information needs of the citizenry.”

Edaga said “PIA’s vision is to see to it that the citizenry will be well-informed, able to understand, discuss and vote on vital issues toward lasting peace and development.”

“PIA is primarily tasked to provide people with adequate information to help them make better decisions and identify opportunities that could improve their quality of life,” Director Edaga said.

This year’s theme was “Strengthening Love for God and Love for One Another: A Celebration of Hope for Life, Peace and Solidarity.”