Peace advocates paint POEA wall to honor OFWs

Posted at 06/12/14 7:38 AM

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MANILA - A group of peace advocates paid tribute to millions of overseas Filipino workers by painting the walls of the Philippine Overseas Workers Administration (POEA).

"Promoting peace has never been this fun," said Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman, founder and executive director of the Teach Peace Build Peace Movement (TPBPM).

TPBPM collaborated with the POEA with the support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in painting the 120-meter long fence of the POEA building.

The peace mural painting is dubbed as "Mga OFWs bilang mga Bayani ng Bayan," the project highlighted the connection of peace to the POEA's advocacy of protecting OFWs from illegal recruiters or human trafficking".

"Mural painting is a good instrument in getting across one's message and illustrating positive Filipino values. This is also a creative way of informing our countrymen of the legal process if they plan on working abroad or obtaining overseas employment," said POEA Deputy Administrator Amuerfina Reyes.

TPBPM's approach to peace building involves art as a means for cultural exchange where artists, volunteers, government and civil sector representatives and private organizations come together to pain the country's wall with colors of peace.

The group will once again promote artistic vandalism by holding the first leg of the peace mural painting along the 51st Engineering Brigade wall along C5 on June 28.