Peace week celebration kicks off in Marawi

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The “Marawi Week of Peace” kicked off Thursday, May 17, to commemorate the heroism and unity displayed during the last year’s siege in the city, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) said Friday.

The Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), its member line agencies, and local government units launched the week-long commemoration, which coincided with the start of holy month of Ramadan.

“It is important to recognize the heroism and resiliency of people in terms of addressing the conflict that happened to them and rebuilding their lives again,” OPAPP Assistant Secretary Rolando Asuncion said.

The opening day featured several line agencies providing public services in their booths inside the Marawi City Hall grounds, such as the Department of Trade and Industry which conducted a trade fair and the Department of Health which offered medical services to residents.

Following the opening ceremony, OPAPP said it spearheaded a town hall meeting with different stakeholders in the city and hosted an Iftar, or breaking of the fast, with the local communities.

Partner line agencies will conduct activities such as relief distribution and livelihood and technical training, and sports, cultural, and religious activities during the week of peace, it added.

On May 23 last year, the Islamic State-inspired Maute terrorist group attacked Marawi. It took five months until October last year to finally declare the city free from terrorists.