Senate bill urges gov’t to hold interfaith activities




MANILA, Philippines – A bill recently passed in the Senate is seeking to foster “genuine understanding amongst people of different faiths and belief systems” by urging government agencies to hold interfaith activities during the first week of February every year.

Senator Loren Legarda, author of World Interfaith Harmony Week Bill, said in a statement Monday that “this measure will greatly contribute to easing any conflict or tension caused by differing religious beliefs in the country.”

The Philippines, the largest Catholic country in Asia, has long suffered from internal conflicts due to rebel secessionist groups. One group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), has recently signed a peace framework agreement with the government.

“Gatherings and activities for World Interfaith Harmony Week have been held in various countries across the world with diverse backgrounds, including Pakistan, Indonesia, Italy, and Jordan,” Legarda said.

More than 40 countries in the world are already celebrating the World Interfaith Harmony Week following a resolution by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

According to the website of the World Interfaith Harmony Week, the event was originally proposed to the UN by HM King Abdullah II of Jordan back in 2010.

He proposed the idea with the aim of achieving a “faith-driven world harmony by extending his call beyond the Muslim and Christian community to include people of all beliefs [and] those with no set religious beliefs as well”

The idea was later adopted unanimously as a UN Observance Event.

Legarda noted that “even in our country, the National Ulama Conference of the Philippines (NUCP) staged a gathering in Zamboanga City in honor of inter-religious cooperation.”

The bill also advocates dialogues among leaders of religious institutions. “The harmony we are pushing for is democratic, and built on effective communication and mutual respect,” Legarda said.

The bill has been passed on third and final reading in the Senate and is awaiting approval in the lower house, she said.  Zoe Rodriguez

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  • $5699914

     Taqiyya, madame senator…know that first before…

  • GuRamoy

    stupid!anong pakialam ng pamahalaan sa interfaith na yan?!! di province nang gobyerno yan. nagpapalakas lang talaga ang releksyonistang ito sa mga religious figures. 

  • Roberta

    i dont think theres anything wrong with understanding one another, respecting and having activities together.. when it comes down to it.. lahat tayo pinoy

    • KateDulce

      oo! lahat tayo pinoy! *apir* hahaha gusto ko tong bill na to thanks loren! <3 :)

  • Marjorie

    i totally agree with mam loren we need this bill! i think its always been a issue.. its almost like discrimination against women-drivers porkid babae.. ndi marunong! same goes with faith. just because someone doesnt believe in what you believe doesnt mean we should treat them differently! 

  • RyanIlagan

    Agreed! peace tayo lahat! kahit sino yung “god” natin

  • JasperSycip

    this bill sounds nice. think of the possibilities if we just try to understand one another. faith and religion has always been a touchy subject. yet we never tried understanding our different views

  • Reynaldo Quijada

    Loren Maam wala ka na bang maisip na iba???

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    kung totoo lang ito…. si marcos wala nang sala. that is kung may kristyano dito. :)

    then again. si enrile nga wala nang sala eh.

  • Crazy_horse101010

    in america where there is few churches ive seen the lutheran pastor do services for the catholic church whenever the priest went on vacation or was sick. and the priest would do the same thing for the pastor sometimes they were good friends. catholic and protestant churches would work together for events such has picnics etc.i cant see that happening here.i was shocked by the intolerence  ive seen here.

  • pilipino

    Interfaith ba kamo, try mixing the Muslims (Ishmaelites) with the Jewish people (Israelites) and let’s see if the Muslims would extend his arm and shake hands with the Jews.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      this is a trivia question what country has the least amount of jews, the philippnes is the answer.there is more jews living in arab countries than here.

  • joboni96

    positive development

    nang hindi lang catholic chapels
    ang nasa government offices

  • NelsonBagatsing

    I agree with Loren Legarda, understanding amongst people of different faiths and beliefs. mas ok at merong pagkakaintindihan kung magakakaunawaan ang magkakaibang relihiyon.

    • CarlosAcantillado

      yeah loren legarda is right,that’s what i like about her, she takes care of everything that would give peace for everyone :)

  • ClaudineBeretta

    naniniwala ako na pagiintidnhan at unawaan lang ang solusyon sa magkakaibang paniniwala. tama si Loren Legarda at gusto ko ang batas para jan.

  • InaLorenzo

    Respeto at pagbibigay,yan ang kalingan natin.sangayon din ako kay mam loren :)

    • JewelAgoncillo

      tama ka..may bigay lang tayo ng respeto sa ibang paniniwala.

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