Friday, September 7, 2012

Soldiers Reaffirm Pledge for Peace

From Team AFP

Soldiers Reaffirm Pledge for Peace

by Armed Forces of the Philippines on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 12:35pm ·
CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – In support of the National Peace Consciousness Month this September, the soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) took a pledge to promote peace and promote a culture of non-violence in the goal of building a better future for Filipinos. This was during today’s flag raising ceremony at the General Headquarters canopy area.

The AFP Chief of Staff, General Jessie D. Dellosa led the soldiers in pledging to work towards peace through their own initiatives and actions. The Secretary of National Defense, Voltaire T. Gazmin joined the soldiers in the activity and delivered his message for all AFP personnel.

“Our recollection of this month shall become more fruitful by initiating and participating in relevant and meaningful activities. This is to instill greater consciousness and understanding among the Filipino people of the comprehensive peace process and the culture of peace agenda. By so doing, we can transform ourselves as instruments of peace,” Gazmin said in his speech.

“The attainment of peace is the principal rationale in our consistent support of the objectives of the United Nations in the resolution of conflicts in our global communities. Thus, we continue to commit our Filipino peacekeepers in war-torn countries and conflict areas in many parts of the world,” Gazmin added.

During the activity, the soldiers and civilian employees of both AFP and DND recited the Harmony Prayer to ask for harmony within Filipinos amidst discordant voices, and have faith when assailed by uncertainties. The National Peace Consciousness Month 2012 streamer and tarpaulin will also be publicly displayed in all military camps and bases throughout the month-long celebration.

The AFP will also participate in an activity commemorating the International Day of Peace dubbed as “KaPEACEtahan,” a job fair on September 21 at the SM North EDSA.

This year’s National Peace Consciousness Month will carry the theme “Ako. Ikaw. Tayo. Magkakaiba, Nagkakaisa sa Kapayapaan” which aims to raise awareness among Filipinos on the need to advance the government’s on-going peace process with Moro and communist rebel groups, and promote a culture of peace among Filipinos.

“The AFP’s Pledge of Peace serves as a demonstration and reaffirmation of our commitment, sincerity and support to the primacy of the peace process. For our part, we will always pursue our support to the peace initiatives of the government and we will remain committed to follow the path of peace for the benefit of our people,” Dellosa said.