As a follow-up to previous peace campaigns and to prepare for the big push for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Tulay Kami network will host the leaders, partners and fellow peace advocates in a two-day updating activity of the All-Out Peace network on May 15-16 at the Balay Mindanaw Peace Center.
At least 30 peacebuilders, peace practitioners, advocates and partners from Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao will converge to learn from one another and plan for other activities that they hope will culminate in the successful passage of the BBL in Congress.
Lyndee Prieto of the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), a co-convenor of the AOP network, said that among the activities planned are “Oplan Katok” to all congressional district representatives and scenario planning which includes conflict mitigation protocols especially in conflict hotspots.
Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., D.D. and Kaloy Manlupig of Balay Mindanaw, lead convenors of the Tulay Kalinaw in Mindanaw (Tulay KaMi) will welcome the participants. After the activity, the Archbishop will hold a solidarity dinner at the Archbishop’s House.
Last May 11, Archbishop Ledesma led the “peace walk” from the Rodelsa Circle to Gaston Park. The walk was participated by hundreds of peacebuilders, peace practitioners and advocates from all sectors of Cagayan de Oro society, all members and partners of Tulay KaMi. Their goal was to urge Congress to pass the BBL.
In Northern Mindanao, particularly in its capital city of Cagayan de Oro, Tulay KaMi leads the push for BBL’s passage. BMFI serves as Tulay KaMi’s secretariat. (BONG D. FABE)