The Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry Tabak Division participated in a forum titled “Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation” held on October 11, 2017 in Barangay Poblacion, Balo-i, Lanao del Norte.
Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operation (G7) represented the Army as guest of honor and speaker during the event.
During the forum, community representatives from Muslims, Christians, and Lumads, particularly the various tribes, religious groups and organizations initiated a peace covenant to preserve and protect the interests of the people and promote unity to foster the culture of peace as “One Human Family Under God”.
The peace covenant in a form of a resolution was signed by about 300 participants including Lanao del Norte Gov. Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo, Vice. Gov. Ma. Cristina N. Atay, Vice Governor, 1st District Congressman Muhamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo, 2nd District Congressman Abdullah D. Dimaporo, Balo-I Mayor Datu Madid Elias L. Ali, Municipal.
“What happened in Marawi provides us an opportunity to become a better community for a better society. This forum strengthens and renews our commitment towards peace in Lanao del Norte,” Lt. Col. Herrera said.
“It also sends a strong message that terrorism has no place in the land of bounty and beauty where the people bound together in love and faith as we call ourselves as ambassadors for peace,” Lt. Col. Herrera said.