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Peace caravan kicks off in Marawi

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A three-day inter-agency mobile peace caravan aimed at bringing the government closer to the people of war-torn Marawi City kicked off Monday, June 11, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) said Tuesday.

Dubbed “Convergence Peace Caravan: A time for healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation,” the caravan is a one-stop-shop of socio-economic services offered to the conflict-affected communities, said OPAPP, which spearheaded the activity, which will end on Wednesday.

OPAPP Conflict Prevention Unit Director Ferdinand Jovita said the peace caravan is being done “as a symbol of our solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters who follow Ramadan.”

Jovita said one of the main aspects of Ramadan is charity, especially to those who are in need. He also said one of the traditions is to bring sacks of rice to the communities.

Local government units of Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte also provide free processing of birth certificates and other basic documents.

The other groups helping the OPAPP were Task Force Bangon Marawi, Philippine Army’s Hijab Troopers, World Food Program, World Health Organization (WHO), Mindanao Organization for Social and Economic Progress Inc. (MOSEP Inc.), Initiative for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services (IDEALS), and Eagles Inc. Rotary Club.