The National Library of the Philippines promotes the establishment of peace corners in libraries
Manila – On April 25, 2022, the National Library of the Philippines (NLP), through the Division of Public Libraries, held its free and comprehensive blended training titled “Meaningful Role of Libraries in Building Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” at the NLP Hall. Under the theme “Aklatan Pangkapayapaan”, it was organized in partnership with the Philippine branch of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international peace organization associated with the United Nations ECOSOC and the DGC des United Nations.
The training was attended by over 500 participants on-site and online, including private and public library staff, school librarians, educators and peace advocates. The training provided learning opportunities on the institutionalization of peace in the Philippines and the importance of establishing peace corners in libraries in the country.
Commissioner Dr. Ronald L. Adamat of CHED said, “Our libraries must give pride of place to these peace books and publications where readers can easily access and get their hands on them. In doing so, our libraries can be of great help in the work of promoting peace among the reading public.
Regarding the role of libraries in line with UN SDG 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, Justice Raoul Victorino said: “Libraries in Ukraine continue to remain open despite the continued Russian invasion. Ukrainian libraries offer bomb shelters and classes resume inside libraries. These heroic stories continue to prove that libraries are our best home for the future.
Mr. Cissette B. Ricardo from the City of Parañaque Public Library, spoke about “Library and Peace” where he shared his experience of partnering with HWPL. The first Peace Corner was established at the Paranaque City Public Library and its grand opening was on February 15, 2019. He said that through the Peace Corner, incoming and outgoing students were able to learn and enjoy peace initiatives. He also encouraged all libraries to sign a partnership with HWPL to receive peace-related materials and also to set up a peace corner to raise awareness, especially among students and learners.
Mr. John Rommel Garces, Branch Manager of HWPL Philippines, highlighted the importance of establishing a peace corner in the library, as well as the peace achievements of HWPL in the Philippines.
HWPL Philippines aims to establish more peace corners in public and private libraries as well as school libraries across the country to make relevant peace-related materials more accessible to the public, especially youth and students. After the event, 40 corners of peace should be established.