A step towards development is everyone’s agenda that is manifested in various forms. The government has all its agencies structured to implement all schemes that will lead to progress; the non-government organizations (NGOs) also take an immense role in this responsibility and all are governed by the ability of all concerned to work peaceably together.
Representative Kimi Cojuangco of the 5th district of Pangasinan recently spoke at the combined 2011 Division Literacy Week Celebration and Senior Citizen Festival with a common theme, “Pursuing Community Development through Peace Education”. The event was held at the Binalonan National High School on October 13, 2011.
Cojuangco contends that peace education is a tool to teach people how to be in accord with oneself and how to interact with other people and edify them on how to exist harmoniously. “Peace education is defined as the learning of values and skills, as well as developing the attitudes and behaviors essential to live in harmony with oneself and with others around you”, she said.
Conflicts among constituents sometimes hamper efforts in attaining development but with peace education, it teaches everyone various ways to settle conflicts amicably. “It teaches and encourages people to work together and come up with compromises that benefit all”, she added.
The activity was participated by the senior citizens, Dep-ed’s district heads and some notable women’s organizations. Binalonan mayor, Ramon Guico, III, one of the country’s youngest mayors, received approving nods from everyone for his brilliant oration where he emphasized the role of elders in setting examples for the youth to follow. He reminded the seniors that their work is not over and it is even more crucial now than ever that they share their years of experience with the younger generation; of the younger generation, he reminded them of the value of those older than them for their wisdom.
Dr. Viraluz Raguindin, Schools Division Superintendent for Pangasinan II, delivered such a unique and grand introduction that the congresswoman returned the accolade with heartfelt appreciation.
Also in attendance were Villasis vice mayor Paz Rafanan, Dr. Belinda S. Barrozo, Senior Citizen President for Dep-ed’s division office, Ms. Amy Espino, representing Board Member Clemente Arboleda, Jr., that gave additional highlight to the affair.