Panay Peace Summit held

CAPIZ – The Panay Peace Summit was held on December 10 to 11 at Passi Arena, Passi City, and Tapaz Civic Center, Tapaz, respectively, with the theme “Sama-Sama Buong Bayan Para sa Kapayapaan at Karapatan ng Sambayanan.”

Leading the rites were Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Lorraine Marie Badoy, Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade Jr., National Task Force to end Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) spokesperson and commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Southern Luzon Command. They were joined by Jeffrey “Ka Eric” Celiz and Joy James “Ka Amihan” Saguino, who testified during the Senate inquiry on red-tagging.

The program was attended by around 1,500 participants including former rebels on the ground and through video-conferencing.

The highlights of the said program included the oath-taking of Sambayanan-led sectoral organizations, the signing of the Wall of Commitment, and the gift-giving ceremony in collaboration with the local government units, other agencies, and stakeholders.

The summit was a joint initiative of the Regional Task Force ELCAC Region 6 and the Army’s 301st Infantry Brigade, and the LGU.

The event aims to promote peace and end insurgency in the country.*