We are already one, the security sector (AFP and the PNP) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) of MILF are now one, one in sustaining the gains for peace and development, and this camp, camp Bilal is no longer a camp but a peaceful community. – MP Abdullah “Commander Bravo” G. Macapaar ( Member of the Parliament – BTA BARMM) ( North Western Mindanao Front NWMF Front Commander)
This SportsPeace symbolizes unity, peace, and solidarity, we must maintain our relationship with each other even through sports. We must stay healthy, happy and peaceful, and loving citizens for the betterment of our future -BGEN REY ALEMANIA (Brigade Commander of 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade)
We are grateful to the organizer of this event and for Pakigdait Inc. our partner in Peace and Development in Lanao Del Norte, for continuing to ensure this advocacy for peace in our beloved province of Lanao Del Norte and we recognize the peace actors and stakeholders in pushing more on peace driving efforts towards Unity and Development. – Message from Gov. Imelda Quibranza Dimaporo, Read and Represented by Engr. Allan Pitiilan of the Provincial Government of Lanao Del Norte.
Somewhere on March 21, 2001, the Government declared All Out War against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), where the MILF considered the enemy of the state, and the Security Sectors (AFP and PNP) were exchanging gunshots between the MILF, many individuals are being displaced and traumatized, many communities have been frightened and cause the slow-paced for the development, where the violence, biases, and prejudices have been highly escalated, especially for the province of Lanao Del Norte.
But now, through all the efforts in sustaining the gains for peace in Lanao Del Norte throughout the years, where dialogues and peace process mechanisms were been observed by the different stakeholders and peace-actors, those exchanging of a message of peace and solidarity is an indicator, that we are already achieving our dreams to have a wave of lasting peace in our province of Lanao Del Norte and for the Island of Mindanao.
In pursuant to Resolution Number 037-2008 based on the Provincial Ordinance No. 01-2008, the Province of Lanao del Norte will once again be celebrating its yearly “LANAO MONTH OF PEACE”, with this year's theme: “Building the Future, Healing the Past towards Genuine Reconciliation”, declaring the month of March of every year as the Lanao Month of Peace for the Province of Lanao del Norte. Pakigdait Inc. as an Interfaith Grassroots Peacebuilding Organization in section 4 of the pursuant that mandating to spearhead the celebration and preparation of the program of activities for the celebration.
Pakigdait Inc. with the support from the Provincial Government of the Province of Lanao del Norte and with the coordination with different stakeholders coming from the Security Sector: AFP (Magbalantay Troopers 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade) and the Philippine National Police - PNP ( Lanao del Norte PPO) and the Govt Line Agencies coming from the Ministry of Public Works - BARMM Government together with Engr. Maomit Tomawis, conducted the annual celebration of Peace through Friendly Games and Sports participated by different stakeholders and peace actors, which is the “SportsPeace 2022” hosted and initiated by the North-Western Mindanao Front (NWMF) Headed by the
Office of MP Abdullah "Bravo" Macapaar also the Front Commander of NWMF. The SportPeace 2022 was held right at the heart of Camp Bilal, KuraKura, Munai, Lanao Del Norte, last March 29, 2022.
The main objective of the activity is to celebrate and facilitate and provide a platform for confidence-building measures, strengthen the relationship among the different stakeholders mostly the MILF, Security Sector (AFP and PNP), and other peace actors as part of healing the past, and achieve genuine reconciliation.
“Peace and True Love doesn't happen right away; it's an ever-growing process. It develops after you've gone through many ups and downs, when you've suffered together, cried together, laughed together”
Working for Peace, and healing the past is not an overnight or one-time event, we have to work together in building and Re-building relationships, to build a better future in achieving genuine reconciliation because there is no other way to Peace, Peace is the only WAY and this is the #pakigdaitway.