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OPAPRU releases a manual on peace for government communicators.

The “Conflict Sensitive and Peace Promotion: A Guidebook for Government Communicators,” which was released at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on Friday, will soon be made available by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity (OPAPRU).

Each information and communication office of a government agency will first receive a copy of the manual, according to OPAPRU Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.

“It’s a good thing because it will be like promoting peace, so maganda ito. Meaning that we will have a manual to help us avoid making offensive or violent remarks that could offend or cause division, “Galvez remarked before the start.

“One of our intentions really is protective communication to convey the message that the Marcos administration is really for peace and we really want to achieve lasting peace for Filipinos within this administration,” he continued. “With the call of the President (Ferdinand Marcos Jr.) to really unite and also to have peace and order, isa sa mga ano [intensyon] natin talaga (one of our intentions really is protective communication to convey the message that the Marcos administration is really for

The manual, according to Galvez, will eventually be made available to schools and used as the foundation for seminars and workshops on how to formulate a diplomatic message and foster conflict awareness.

The project has the backing of Office of the Press Secretary-News and Information Bureau Assistant Director Lee Ann Pattugalan and Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles.

Through a video message, Cruz-Angeles stated that the guidebook, which provides communicators with tools and techniques for a deeper understanding of conflict resolution of such importance, “will be ensured to make significant strides in the never-ending quest of our democratic cause.”

Pattugalan added in her speech, “Aside from supporting this manual, I want to call on everyone here, from all ministries and agencies, to participate in OPAPRU’s seminars and capacity-building activities so that we may further assist the government in establishing a culture of peace.”

The manual was created using the combined input of academics, government information and communication professionals, and OPAPRU Communications and Public Affairs Services.

The event was placed in conjunction with OPAPRU’s month-long observance of National Peace Awareness Month.

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