Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2017 Elizabeth Durado Clenci formally accepts the role as one of the National Peace Ambassadors in line with the mandate of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) to pursue and promote just and lasting peace, and sustainable development.
In a letter addressed to the Presidential Peace Adviser Sec. Jesus G. Dureza, Clenci put a premium on promoting open dialogue, mutual respect and understanding, and strengthening the desire for unity in humanity to attain perpetual peace.
“As an empowered woman, I also believe that achieving long-lasting peace is not about taking up arms; it is about educating and helping our fellowmen, especially those who are impoverished, to be productive and participative citizens of our country,” she stated in the same letter.
“We need to focus on being able to co-exist despite our differences; it is the strength of our country,” Clenci said, underscoring that equality and acceptance of cultural diversity is the key in uniting the country.
National Peace Ambassadors take on a vital role of promoting and communicating peace building efforts and initiatives to the general public, to encourage more people to engage and be involved in building a culture of peace.
Clenci is set to represent the Philippines in the upcoming Miss Grand International 2017 on 25 October 2017, and has chosen peace to be her main advocacy.