Thursday, October 5, 2023

[HWPL] HWPL Peace Projects in Mindanao, Philippines 2



[HWPL] HWPL Peace Projects in Mindanao, Philippines 2

Chairman ManHee Lee is the head representative of the global peace organization HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), which is striving for the enactment and implementation of the international peace law 'Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)'. The  DPCW is a legal instrument comprised of 10 articles and 38 clauses that can end wars and hostilities throughout the world. HWPL is also spreading a culture of peace and implementing peace education.

Chairman ManHee Lee experienced the cruelty and tragedy of war as a veteran of the Korean War. This is one of the reasons why he founded a global peace campaign as the head of HWPL. He has traveled the globe more than 35 times to meet and persuade politicians, legal experts, journalists, professors, peace activists, civil organization leaders, heads of tribes and others to unite them for the work of peace. The significant fruits borne out of his hard work are the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit and HWPL Peace Committee. The DPCW was drafted and finalised by the HWPL Peace Committee.

How, you may wonder, do I know this? About 10 years ago, when I had just been discharged from military service, I came to know HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee while researching the topic of civil conflicts to satisfy my curiosity in ongoing global issues. At that time, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines was suffering from a major civil conflict that lasted more than 40 years, and Chairman ManHee Lee and HWPL resolved this conflict through non-violent means.

Chairman Lee brought an end to the conflict in Mindanao by holding a peace talk between the warring Catholic and Islamic groups. Before the talk, HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee held a Peace Walk to spread the culture of peace in Mindanao with the many locals who had gathered out of a desire for peace.

Chairman ManHee Lee's pressing appeal today is that humanity unites for sustainable peace in order to pass on the legacy of peace to future generations worldwide. He doesn't just talk peace, but has worked tirelessly for it through practical peace campaigns for over a decade.

I decided to become a supporter of HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee's peace initiatives because I also desire a world of peace for all posterity.

Today I'd like to introduce an article from HWPL official homepage regarding HWPL's Peace Projects in Mindanao, Philippines.

The meaning of peace is spreading globally from the Philippines
Peace as a legacy to the future generations

Civilian Peace Agreement, determined voice of citizens

In General Santos on 24 January 2014, a civilian agreement was signed for the 

peace of Mindanao. The signing ceremony, hosted by HWPL and organized by 

the IWPG and the IPYG, was attended by over 300 residents including politicians, 

university professors, religious leaders, and students. Before the audience,

 Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Robles Capalla of Archdiocese of Davao and 

Governor Esmael G. Mangudadatu of Maguindanao signed the agreement as 

representatives to cooperate in ceasing the conflict and building peace.

With this agreement as a starting point, HWPL launched a peace movement to 

raise public awareness of peace not only in Mindanao but throughout the 

Philippines, based on the universal principles of mutual understanding, respect, 

and harmony. Also, civil society sectors such as education, religion, youth, and 

women are actively engaged in HWPL’s peace initiatives to remove the causes 

of conflict and strengthen the values of peaceful development.

The 24th of January was declared as HWPL Day, and a monument was established

 to commemorate the signing of the Mindanao Peace Agreement. Davao City’s 

museum and public library are exhibiting HWPL’s peace activities. Students from 

elementary school to college are growing into messengers of peace through peace 

education, and on 25 May of every year, youth and women participate in peace

 walks. Moreover, religious leaders regularly convene at the World Alliance of 

Religions’ Peace Office to engage in interfaith discussions based on religious texts.

Article 10 of of the DPCW, spreading a culture of peace

In line with Article 10 of the DPCW, HWPL is taking a long-term approach to its peace initiatives in Mindanao in order to establish peace as a culture and a common value. To prevent the international community’s support and effort from being thwarted again by war, HWPL is endeavoring to strengthen public awareness of peace in Mindanao and across the Philippines through peace education and interfaith dialogue.

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