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HWPL Philippines to Host 2nd National Peace Convention, Highlights Peace Legislation, Education, and Religious and Cultural Harmony

HWPL Philippines to Host 2nd National Peace Convention, Highlights Peace Legislation, Education, and Religious and Cultural Harmony

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International peace organization Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), is set to convene the 2nd National Peace Convention at the Plenary Hall, Philippine International Convention Center on April 20, 2024.

Themed “A Symposium of Peace Legislation, Peace Education, and Religious and Cultural Harmony,” the event aims to gather around 4,500 policymakers, educators, media, and religious leaders to showcase progress made across three core initiatives since the 1st National Peace Convention held in January last year.

Featured as the keynote speaker is Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim, Al-haj of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), addressing “Output of Education and Rule of Law in Building Peace and Achieving the Cessation of War”.

BARMM’s recent declaration of a “Peace Day” and support for HWPL’s Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) highlight significant strides towards peace legislation. Various regions and municipalities nationwide that have passed resolutions of support for the DPCW will also be awarded at the event.

The DPCW written by international law experts consists of 10 articles and 38 clauses for the cessation and prevention of war and sustainable peace. Based on the support of countries, it will be submitted to the UN General Assembly resolution for adoption.

HWPL’s peace education initiative is being implemented nationwide as Schools Division Offices (SDO) from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao spearhead contextualization efforts to integrate HWPL Peace Education into the curriculum.

SDO Laguna, SDO Southern Leyte, and SDO Cotabato City will receive recognition for their efforts, followed by a ceremonial turnover of the textbooks they produced.

A special message from Vice President and Department of Education Secretary Sara Duterte will be featured, alongside a keynote address on Peace Education by Dr. Ronald L. Adamat, Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

The third core initiative, interreligious harmony, will be underscored through HWPL’s Religious Peace Academy (RPA), a pioneering academic program fostering unity among diverse religious communities through scriptural study accessible to all.

The event will culminate with a historic Joint Agreement of Solidarity signed by religious leaders, affirming a shared commitment to peace and interfaith dialogue.

The event aims to consolidate nationwide support for peace advocacy, supported by HWPL’s extensive global reach. It will be livestreamed worldwide with translations available in multiple languages.