Saturday, March 25, 2017

Albay youth group to hold peace rally
By Mike Dela Rama

LEGAZPI CITY, March 24 (PNA) -- The Team Albay Youth Organization Inc. or TAYO is set to hold a whole day peace rally that seeks to put an end to the armed conflict being waged by insurgent groups on March 29.

Alfred Nimo, president of (TAYO), a civic group that actively helped in post-disaster humanitarian work in areas devastated by typhoon Nina last December, said the activity is an undertaking of the 91st Civil Military Operation Company; different community-based organizations; and youth, religious and media groups.

He said a short program will be conducted at the Albay Freedom Park, also known as PeƱaranda Park, starting at 6 a.m.

“The activity is to show full support to the government's campaign to have lasting peace and protect the interest of civilians against any form of abuse,” Nimo said.

Joey Cabang, commanding officer of the 91st Civil Military Operation Company, said multisectoral support is important so all forms of abuse against civilians could be checked.

“We are conducting a series of dialogues in the communities to explain our mission which is peace and order,” he said.

Cabang said the most common problem of villagers in upland barangays (villages) are the armed encounters initiated by various armed groups.

He said the military is strongly urging village officials and community-based organizations to help put an end to the insurgency and promote peace in the communities.

“As much as possible we want to prevent any armed encounter that is why we keep advocating for peace,” Cabang added.

He added that the message of the peace rally is to have a peaceful environment.

He added the peace rally will also ask participants to commit in the quest for peace in various upland villages. (PNA)