GenPeace MOVE For Democracy (December 2018)

GenPeace Cordillera – Local Learning Session. Lageb Elementary School, Sitio Lageb, Brgy. Kayapa, Bakun Benguet. December 1, 2018

GenPeace Cordillera cluster organized a local learning session in Sitio Lageb reaching the area through hours of hiking. The activity was implemented in partnership and alongside a medical mission led by BCYO, the GenPeace Baguio cluster’s partner in the region. Human Rights were discussed with a good number of parents while waiting for their families to finish their line in the medical mission. The collaboration was an opportunity to gather different mix of audience in Sitio Lageb to discuss democracy and human rights particularly indigenous people’s rights. GenPeace Human Rights Playschool conducted among the students present in the area. Issues were raised among the students including the lack of basic services and opportunities in their area which prevents them to experience a better way of life.

UNYPAD – School Tour Forum on Understanding Bangsamoro Organic Law and Preventing Violent Extremism. Parang National High School, Parang, Maguindanao. December 6, 2018

United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) in cooperation with Generation Peace Youth Network (GENPEACE) M.O.V.E for Democracy and Human Rights conducted a forum on Understanding the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) RA 11054 and Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) last December 6, 2018 held at Parang National High-School, Parang, Maguindanao. Morsidin Husain of YAPDN presented challenges to the youth on the threat of violent extremism in the region and call to support the Bangsamoro Organic Law. The youth raised issues including: 1) the security of the LGBTQ in the society, 2) non-Muslims in the Bangsamoro Area, 3) Catholic/Christian communities, 5) the economy of the upcoming BARMM, and 4) violent extremism. The learnings of the participants were able to deeply understand the importance of supporting the Bangsamoro Organic Law and have a basic understanding of Violent Extremism.

GenPeace Marawi – School Tour Mindanao State University. Academic Complex, College of Law, Mindanao State University, Lanao del Sur. December 9, 2018

The school forum gathered 59 junior high school students from different schools in Lanao del Sur in partnership with Al-Mujadillah Development Foundation Inc. The students represented the province of the Bangsamoro Region which will participating in the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law on January 21, 2019. GenPeace Marawi designed the session to discuss the Bangsamoro Identity and the Role of Bangsamoro in Peacebuilding presented by Janerah M. Abdulmoin, alumna of the Mindanao State University (AB History). The Human Rights Playschool was also conducted to introduce the concept of Human Rights to the junior high school students.

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GenPeace Bukidnon – Local Learning Session. Libona, Bukidnon. December 1-2 and December 17-18, 2018

The Municipality of Libona of Bukidnon province has an estimated population of 62,000 people and more than half of which is living below poverty line and facing issues of the presence of the New People’s Army and the highly significant number of sexual abuse and rape in the municipality. In partnership with Generation Peace Youth Network and M.O.V.E. for Democracy campaign, GenPeace Bukidnon conducted three local learning sessions with the young people of Libona, Bukidnon. M.O.V.E for Democracy in Libona gathered 145 students and youth leaders to participate in the following activities: 1) Film showing on Hidden Figures 2) Public Forum on Women’s Participation in Governance and Rural Development 3) Solidarity Games (including GenPeace Human Rights Playschool).  Al Ernie Edralin, GenPeace Bukidnon, led the implementation in partnership with  the Municipal Government of Libona, Bukidnon, Bukidnon State University, Youth Development Office, and SangguniangKabataan. The participants representing different sectors of society identified the need for the materials used to be translated into their own dialect to be able to facilitate a deeper discussion with the future partners.

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GenPeace MOVE For Democracy (November 2018)

Communities First – GenPeace School Tour Agripino Alvarez Elementary School. Sipalay City. November 12-13, 2018

GenPeace Human Rights Playschool was conducted with Grade 4 and 5 students of Agripino Alvarez Elementary School with a total of 84 participants. The activity was implemented in two consecutive days and provided a new tool for the students and school faculty to learn and engage the students on discussions on human rights. Utilizing an experiential learning process, the activity encouraged the participants to use their imagination and learn about the universality of human rights and its importance to children.

GenPeace Samar – GenPeace School Tour University of Eastern Philippines. University Town, Catarman, Northern Samar. November 15, 2018

Generation Peace Youth Network – Samar conducted a school tour on “Awareness Raising Campaign on the Grave Child Rights Violation as Identified by the United Nations” last November 15, 2018 at University of Eastern Philippines, University Town, Catarman, Northern Samar in collaboration with Sulong CARHIRHL, a member organization of GenPeace. 80 participants representing different sectors of youth represented 28 organizations and institutions in Northern Samar. The program included the discussion of Child Protection and Grave Child Rights Violations, Orientation on Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism on Grave Child Right Violations, Human Rights, and Democracy and Peacebuilding.

The issues raised by the participants which are strongly relevant to the young people are multiple forms of bullying, child labor, poverty, social injustice, corruption, “war on drugs”, rebellion, lack/poor education, and cases of prostitution and trafficking in the province.

Note: The activity is a regional forum in collaboration with GenPeace Samar and Sulong CARHRIHL.

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GenPeace Katipunan – GenPeace School Tour Forum on the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Lecture Room, Miriam College. November 19, 2018

Our Road Towards Peace: A forum on the Bangsamoro Organic Law and the Peace Process with lectures from Atty. Maisara Dandamun-Latiph on the Bangsamoro Organic Law and Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer on Peace Processes and Peaceful Democratic Transitions.

In partnership with the Center for Peace Education-Miriam College, Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, Generation Peace Youth Network and Ateneo de Manila University Office for Social Concern and Involvement (ADMU-OSCI), GenPeace Katipunan Cluster organized a forum entitled: A Forum on the Bangsamoro Organic Law and the Peace Process. 40 people from civil society, students, academe and religious groups gathered and participated in the forum. Resource speakers Atty. Maisara Dandamun-Latiph of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer of University of the Philippines and member of the United Nations Standby Mediation Team presented and discussed the salient points on the Bangsamoro Organic Law and discussed the democratic transitions from a global context. These lectures focused on introducing a critical phase in the history of the country that will support the country’s road to unity and Bangsamoro’s transition to democracy.

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GenPeace Marawi – Local Learning Session. College of Public Affairs – Mindanao State University, Main Campus, Lanao del Sur. November 30, 2018

GenPeace Marawi conducted a local learning session with 10 youth participants on sessions: 1) Lecture on Human Rights: Basic Concepts and 2) GenPeace Human Rights Playschool held in Mindanao State University, Marawi City. During the lecture on Human Rights, the young participants raised questions on the basic concepts and how it can be related on the daily basis. Presentation and videos were utilized during the session defining rights and the state’s obligation to fulfil enabling citizen’s development. The knowledge was further supplemented through the conduct of GenPeace Human Rights Playschool allowing them to conceptualize the learnings from the lectures.

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PASAKK – Local Learning Session. Divine World Manobo Cultural Development Academy Foundation. November 30, 2018

PASAKK conducted a learning session with 47 indigenous people’s students in Agusan del Sur that aims to deepen the students’ understanding of human rights and peacebuilding, promoting and increasing awareness about the issues and challenges surrounding human rights, and creating a space for young people to participate and express themselves. The whole day program included a lecture on human rights with Ms. Becky Barrios, Executive Director of PASAKK and discussion on youth as agents of peace presented by Mr. Gabs Sagaral. GenPeace Human Rights Playschool was facilitated by Theresa Fe Oliver-Abesamis and Junjie Polangco, youth leaders of PASAKK and members of GenPeace. Among the issued and challenges identified by the participants were the increasing number of out of school youth among indigenous people, lack of opportunities, increasing violence involving illegal drugs and gangs and discrimination among the indigenous people’s youth.

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Communities First – Local Learning Session Human Rights Talk and GenPeace Playschool with Youth Leaders. Brgy. Robles, La Castellana. November 30, 2018

A local learning session gathered 23 young people in Brgy. Robles, La Castellana, Negros Occidental. The discussion on Human Rights and GenPeace Human Rights Playschool was led by Katherine Maguad representing Communities First. Ms. Maguad mentioned that the participants surprisingly lack the understanding of their basic human rights and with only knowing their right as the right to life and right to education. The learning session presented a challenge to Community First and GenPeace to discuss the concepts and its importance in the context of the needs of the community and communicate stories related to the work revolving human rights and democracy.

GenPeace Cordillera – Local Learning Session. Lamew Elementary School, Brgy. Sinacbat, Bakun, Benguet. November 30, 2018

Generation Peace Youth Network – Cordillera held a learning session last November 30, 2018 in partnership with Bakun Catholic Youth Organization (BCYO) in Sitio Lamew, Barangay Sinacbat, Bakun, Benguet in Lamew Elementary School Grounds. The activity was organized with the scheduled medical mission for the community which allowed wider audience (children and adults) for the group. Among those present during are women, high school and elementary students, and volunteers of the medical mission. The local learning session discussed Indigenous People’s Rights, Human Rights, Children’s Rights, and the conduct of the GenPeace Human Rights Playschool.

UNYPAD – School Tour Forum on Understanding Bangsamoro Organic Law and Preventing Violent Extremism. ULS Convention Center, University of Southern Mindanao, Kabacan, North Cotabato. November 30, 2018

UNYPAD in collaboration with USMUSA, MYROI, WOMEN USM ORG, and University of Southern Mindanao organizations conducted a forum to discuss Bangsamoro Organic Law and Preventing Violent Extremism. 375 youth and students from the university and UNYPAD members of Kabacan, North Cotabato participated in the forum and provided an opportunity for the organization to bring forward its advocacies on peace and advancing human rights. The speakers for the discussion on the Bangsamoro Organic Law were Rahib L. Kudto of UNYPAD, Elaysa Enalang of Non-violent Peaceforce, Atty. Haron Miling of the MILF Peace Implementing Panel, and Bangsamoro Transition Commission Commissioner Mohager Iqbal. Preventing Violent Extremism were presented by Morsidin Husain of Young Advocates for Peace and Development Network and AFP Lt. Col. Niel Roldan.

 

GenPeace MOVE for Democracy (October 2018)

MYPEACE: Boses ng Kabataan – GenPeace School Tour. Aleosan National High School. October 5, 2018 Aleosan, North Cotabato

With 110 senior high school students, MYPEACE facilitated its school tour at Aleosan National High School, Aleosan, North Cotabato. There were two main speakers namely, Atty. Datu Omar Yasser Sema and Ms. Victoria Bat-Og who discussed Human Rights, Democracy, and the Bangsamoro Organic Law —one of the advocacies of the chapter. In discussing human rights and democracy, the students mentioned that they have gained ideas and a better understanding of what these concepts are, relating its relevance to what is happening around them and in the society which is also connected to the Bangsamoro Organic Law or the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. The participants mentioned that they are enlightened of the importance and impact that these topics can bring in changing their society and encouraging them to take part in raising awareness in their own communities. The Generation Peace Youth Network Human Rights Playschool (Karapatan Maze) has also conducted allowing the students to contextualize what they have learned throughout the sessions. It was facilitated by EDHRP participants Nasser Matula of MYPEACE and Abdul Rahim Balabagan of United Network of Young Peace Advocates for Development (UNYPAD). During the school tour, they were also able to establish MYPEACE Aleosan National High School Chapter enabling them to sustain their efforts and activities to promote the advocacy among the students.43192226_1992361850823463_8212685667109437440_n.jpgGenPeace Marawi – Local Learning Session Human Rights Playschool. Mindanao State University, Main Campus, Lanao del Sur. October 7, 2018

GenPeace – Marawi was able to gather a total of 24 participants from different colleges and tribes including 12 members from the MSU-Mountaineering Club Inc. to introduce basic human rights through GenPeace Human Rights Playschool. The local learning session helped the participants to deeply understand and conceptualize the importance of understanding the basic concepts of human rights. The gathering provided an opportunity among the students to discuss issues existing in the community including discrimination and biases and a space to appreciate the values of human rights.

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Communities First – GenPeace School Tour. Social Hall, New Government Center. October 12, 2018. Sipalay City

Communities First conducted its first activity with 85 participants held at the Social Hall of the New Government Center in Sipalay City. There were three topics discussed: (a) Rights of Women in the Philippines presented by Atty. Jane Petralba, (b) Children’s Human Rights in Digital Highway and Social Media by Judge Amy Alabado Avellano, and lastly (c) Isang Komunidad: Girl, Boy, Bakla (Gay), Tomboy (Lesbian) presented by Jom Bagulaya, a councilor from Tacloban City. These topics are anchored with focus issues and advocacy of Communities First.

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MYPEACE: Boses ng Kabataan – GenPeace School Tour Dualing High School. Aleosan, North Cotabato Province. October 12, 2018

MyPeace gathered 180 students of Dualing High School to discuss the Bangsamoro Organic Law, Basic Human Rights and Democracy, and Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping. The students represented 19 villages of the municipality of Aleosan. Resource speakers included: 1) Ramon Plasabas of Non-violent Peaceforce to discuss Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeing, 2) Victoria Bat-oo, former Peace Education professor of Southern Christian College to speak about Basic Human Rights and Democracy, and 3) Floderick T. Sanico representing Balay Rehabilitation to present the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Among the activities to supplement the learnings of the students is the conduct of the Karapatan Maze of GenPeace’s Human Rights Playschool kit.

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PASCRES – Learning Session on Education for Democracy and Human Rights. Barangay Bulihan, Zone 7, Silang, Cavite. October 21, 2018

PASCRES conducted a local learning session in Silang Cavite with 15 senior high school students and young people of Barangay Bulihan, SIlang Cavite. Faye Daguman, Zarah Mae Navarro, and Rubenjie Cadua led the facilitation in discussing the values and principles, categories of rights, and violation of human rights with the participants. The conduct of GenPeace Human Rights Playschool allowed the participants to contextualize the concepts through experiential learning. In the discussion, among the issues raised among young people are as follows: (1) non-inclusion of programs specifically for young people in the barangay, (2) lack of programs for the youth, (3) not all young people are given to participate in the different processes in their communities, and (4) there are young people who are not active and apathetic towards the society.

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GenPeace Katipunan – Local Learning Session 1 and 2. Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute Conference Room, Quezon City. October 27-28, 2018

The Katipunan Cluster of Miriam College’s Center for Peace Education and Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan held its back-to-back learning session with 10 students’ leaders from Ateneo de Manila University and Miriam College. The aim of the two-day learning session was to raise awareness of the participants on the national situation of the Philippines, introduce advocacy and campaign work for democracy, social justice, and peace, and to provide a platform for the participants to create initiatives for their respective communities. Youth leaders RJ Naguit, M.D. of Youth for Mental Health Coalition to discuss advocacy work and experience, Rafaela David of CYAN on the role of youth in sustaining advocacy, Manuel Inigo Angulo of Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan discussed advocacy and campaign tools, and EDHR Participants Karlo Abadines and Karissa Chua led the discussion Advocacy work on Human Rights and Democracy. The speakers shared their experiences in advocacy and encouraged the young people to engage and participate in bringing forward the different issues revolving democracy, social justice, and peace.

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PASAKK – GenPeace School Tour Indigenous Peoples Month Celebration. Manobo Tribal Heritage, San Teodoro, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. October 28-29, 2018

In celebration of the Indigenous Peoples Month, PASAKK in collaboration with Generation Peace Youth Network held its celebration in Bunawan, Agusuan del Sur at the Manobo Tribal Heritage. The activity reached out to different agencies to sit in a dialogue on the issues of indigenous people and strengthen community awareness on the protection and promotion of the Manobo culture. The activity was participated by 111 participants with 65 female and 46 male present representing 5 municipalities of the province of Agusan del Sur. Federalism and the issues facing the community were also discussed.

Among the issues raised were: a) Municipal Tribal (Council) is not chosen by the people but appointed by politicians; b) There is no Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) serving in the council despite the high number of IP population in the different barangays; c) politicians allow “outsiders” to enter the ancestral lands of the indigenous peoples without consulting the elders and leaders of the community; d) women are still not allowed to be represented in the IPMR; e) a number of fisher folks who uses illegal equipment entering the territories of the Indigenous People; and, f) the younger generation does not appreciate and practice the culture of indigenous people.

Meanwhile, in the discussion of Federalism three issues were identified: a) will federalism be favourable for IPs?; b) Currently, federalism divides the indigenous peoples because of the position being offered/promised to other members of the community; and, c) there have been groups who have organized indigenous groups to endorse federalism in Mindanao without the community knowing their legitimacy and background.

Youth Advocates for Peace and Development Network (YAPDN) – Learning Session on Bangsamoro Organic Law. Calda Pizza, Alnor Complex. October 29, 2018. Cotabato City

YAPDN’s second learning session was attended by 30 participants representing the tri-people (Bangsamoro, Christian and Indigenous Peoples), most of which are students of universities/colleges and senior high school. It was held at Alnor Complex, Cotabato City. The focus of the learning session was the Bangsamoro Organic Law presented by Engineer Muhajirin Ali, a member of the Secretariat of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Peace Implementing Panel. The history of conflict including the discussion on the salient points of the law was facilitated, opening an opportunity to focus on discussing form of government, territory, powers, fiscal autonomy, intergovernmental relations, and justice system or the Shariah law, the essential components of the proposed Bangsamoro Government.

GenPeace MOVE For Democracy (September 2018)

MYPEACE Boses ng Kabataan – Learning Session on the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Southern Christian College, Pikit, North Cotabato. September 7, 2018

With 60 participants from MYPeace Boses ng Kabataan – Southern Christian College Chapter, Suawara Magungaya sa Lalaug (SMLK, Bangsamoro Core Group organized by Southern Christian College) and peace education students from the municipalities of Pikit, Aleosan, Midsayap, Pigkawayan, and Alamada in North Cotabato. The Learning session on Bangsamoro Organic Law was attended by Captain Napoleon Alcarioto Jr. who discussed Current Challenges of Young People in Security, Human Rights and Advocacy and Atty. Raisa H. Jajurie on RA 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law. The session opened an opportunity to discuss the Bangsamoro Organic Law and at the same time raise awareness and understanding of human rights and democracy. The previous and current peace process presented the context and history of the struggle of the Bangsamoro people

It is highly important for the young people to be able to engage in such discussions because part of the Bangsamoro Organic Law is the creation of parliament which will give the youth and women a reserved seat, therefore increasing the need to capacitate young people for them to be able to participate. The participants expressed their appreciation of the learning session allowing them to understand the Bangsamoro Organic Law and their role as young Bangsamoro people in the democratic transition of the region.

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Generation Peace Youth Network Marawi – Human Rights Playschool. Mindanao State University Golfcourse, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. September 7, 2018

Generation Peace Youth Network Marawi facilitated the Human Rights Playschool of the network with 12 participants from the Mindanao State University (MSU) composed of Senior High School students and MSU-Mountaineering Club. The GenPeace Human Rights Playschool consists of Human Rights Persona Race, Marketplace and the Karapatan Maze. In particular, the Karapatan Maze was identified the participants to have been an experience which taught them of the basics of Human Rights. These games are aimed to deliver an experiential learning, enabling the participants to contextualize and visualize the concepts and foundations of Human Rights.

Note: Mindanao State University-Marawi has been affected in different ways of the Marawi siege.

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Youth Advocates for Peace and Development Network – Learning Session on the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Calda Pizza, Alnor Complex, Cotabato City. September 15, 2018

The learning session conducted by YAPDN was attended by 24 individuals, most of them students from the Cotabato City State Polytechnic College. One of the objectives of the said session is to emphasize the importance of youth leaders and young people taking part in the development of communities. The speaker was Engr. Muhajirin Ali presented the lecture entitled “Understanding Bangsamoro Organic Law or RA 11054”, but in the process of discussion Mr. Ali also spoke about the history of the Moro People in Mindanao connecting history to the situation of the Bangsamoro and RA 11054. Many issues and concerns were raised including the economy of the Bangsamoro, pros and cons of the law for Cotabato City who is yet to vote for the inclusion to the region, gender and Islam, poverty in the region, political participation of different ethnicity in the Bangsamoro, and the presence of armed conflict and corruption.

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UNYPAD – School Tour on the Bangsamoro Organic Law and Violent Extremism. Mahad Mindanao Almarkazhie, Brgy. Fort Pikit, Pikit, North Cotabato. September 15, 2018

United Youth for Peace and Development together with Mahad Mindanao Al Markazhie conducted a forum on “Understanding Bangsamoro Organic Law and Preventing Violent Extremism” in partnership with Generation Peace Youth Network as part of MOVE for Democracy campaign. It was attended by an estimated 1,000 participants composed of students, faculty and staff of Mahad Mindanao, business sector, and other individuals from nearby municipalities of Pagalungan, Datu Montawal of Maguindanao, and Aleosan and Pikit of North Cotabato. The speakers were Mr. Datuan Magon discussing Violent Extremism and Atty. Haron Miling for the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

In the discussion of Preventing Violent Extremism, Mr. Magon discussed how young people are affected and the factors that lead to Violent Extremism. He expressed and emphasized the need for a comprehensive strategy to prevent it, seeing the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law as a way to contribute to prevention. This bridges the discussion to the salient points of the Bangsamoro Organic Law as presented by Atty. Haron Miling where he explained and pressed on the important provisions such as the Bangsamoro Identity, Territorial Jurisdiction, Form of Government, Powers, Justice System, and the parliament to the audience.

The questions of the participants revolved on clarifications of the upcoming plebiscite and the Shariah Law which is part of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, including the transition of the current regional government to a parliament. The upcoming plebiscite is only a step to put into realization the law and the agreement between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The Bangsamoro Organic Law is one of the political component of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

Note: Thirty-nine (39) barangays from North Cotabato will be voting during the plebiscite to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law on January 21, 2019.

 

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PASCRES – Learning Session – Commission on Human Rights. September 23, 2018. Quezon City

PASCRES continues its learning session with participants from the youth sector and women of communities in Commonwealth, Quezon City. Commission on Human Rights provided a free use of their conference room for the activity. From the previous activity, Jean Faye Daguman has trained young leaders of the concepts of human rights and democracy, therefore she invited the previous participants to conduct and facilitate the second learning session. The discussion revolved on the “War on Drugs”, national youth situation, democracy, government and governance, and human rights. The national youth situation included the discussion on education, employment, health, social media, and youth’s participation which aims to broaden the perspective of the participants. An activity called “Jargons” was also facilitated to grasp the understanding of the youth and women present of the current issues and challenges the country is facing. Among the issues raised are as follows: (a) the challenge towards the attitude of the people pertaining to human rights and democracy (b) misinformation (c) lack of education and poverty, and (d) social justice. The challenges identified were used in deepening the understanding of the said topics. The resource speakers are Jean Faye Daguman, Jay Mart Lustre, and Rubenjie Cadua — all of which are youth leaders who attended the first learning session conducted by PASCRES. The Generation Peace Youth Network Human Rights Playschool was also used to contextualize what has been learned after the discussion.

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PASAKK – Learning Session – PASAKK Youth Training Center. September 30, 2018. Agusan del Sur

Last September 30, 2018, PASAKK conducted a learning session with KPAKK Youth focusing on increasing awareness on human rights and democracy, aiming to encourage young people to participate in activities that promote and defend human rights and democracy. It was attended by 18 young leaders from Agusan del Sur, the session and lecture was facilitated by participants of the EDHRP participants, Theresa Fe Oliver and Junjie Polangco. As part of the program, Generation Peace Youth Network’s Human Rights Playschool was conducted by the facilitators. Through the lecture and discussion, a number of issues were and challenges were raised by the participants: (a) the lack of youth’s participation, (b) lack of awareness on democracy and human rights, (c) the youth/communities apathy, (d) involvement in disruptive activities such as gangs and consumption of illegal drugs, and lastly (e) violation of human rights because of the ongoing martial law in Mindanao.

While there are a number of issues raised, the participants’ awareness on human rights and democracy deepened, allowing them to be knowledgeable of the issues concerning the nation and their own communities. The participants are able to relate the concepts to the abuses going in their communities allowing them to be aware of their responsibility to promote and defend human rights and democracy. The EDHR participants continued what they have done from their previous EDHRP, applying what they have learned from the training and reechoing these to their own communities. The audience of the cluster were young leaders that were trained to be able to continue the work and contribution of PASAKK in Agusan del Sur.

 

GenPeace MOVE for Democracy (August 2018)

PASCRES – Learning Session on Education for Democracy & Human Rights. Commission on Human Rights, Diliman, Quezon City. August 22, 2018

The first learning session of PASCRES together with Generation Peace Youth Network for the MOVE for Democracy campaign was attended by 10 young people from different communities in Quezon City representing YOUTHS[1]. It was held last August 22, 2018 at the Commission on Human Rights. The session focused on learning Human Rights and Democracy in different forms; input through lecture, workshop activities, and GenPeace Human Rights Playschool. An input on “National Youth Situationer” was given by Hilario Famadico, core leader of YOUTHS – defining the different issues which collectively affects young people today. This discussion helped elevate the discussion through the activities called “Myth Buster” and “Jargons”, surfacing the position of the youth in the present national situation. “Myth Buster” and “Jargons” was a creative way to gauge the understanding of the youth in various national issues including Federalism, change of leadership in the House of Representatives, peace and conflict, and human rights.

[1] YOUTHS, youth organization based in Quezon City

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PASAKK – School Tour Bunawan National High School. Agusan del Sur. August 31, 2018

PASAKK held a school tour attended by 76 students of Bunawan National High School, Agusan del Sur, the participants are student council leaders, classroom and club presidents of the school. The school tour aims to deepen the understanding of the students of Human Rights, Children’s Rights and Responsibilities and how it is related to the issues and challenges faced particularly in Democracy and Human Rights. In relation to the topic of the school tour, the identified issues and challenges the community is facing are as follows: the students are facing violence, bullying and expulsion in the school, lack of awareness on Human Rights and Children’s Rights, and the lack of education on Martial Law (it is currently imposed in Mindanao). The lecture on Human Rights and United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was given by Becky S. Barrios and the Process of Adolescence Journey and their Rights and Responsibility by Susan M. Maturan. Lastly, the GenPeace Human Rights Playschool was also conducted in the afternoon facilitated by the GenPeace members who completed EDHRP.

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UNSCR 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security in the Philippines

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It was a great start. #PeaceTech Meg Villanueva and #GenPeace Beverly Orozco facilitated the 2-day Inter-Agency Workshop on the Roadmap to Philippine National Action Plan on UN Security Council (UNSCR) 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. #UNSCR2250

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GenPeace Education on Democracy and Human Rights (EDHR) 2018

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Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace) launched its Education  for  Democracy  and  Human  Rights  (EDHR) Program in partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy last May 8, 2018 in a back-to-back training in Richmonde Ortigas Hotel.

Education for Democracy and Human Rights is a platform  to  gather  youth leaders to develop and equip them with skills and knowledge on democracy and human rights. The program brings together seasoned human rights and democracy defenders from partner  organizations, academic  institutions  and  youth  leaders  to  discuss  and  tackle emerging issues and realities facing the country through the training workshops and learning from various  advocacy efforts.

Participated by GenPeace members and partners from PASAKK, UNYPAD, YAPDN, PASCRES, CPE-MC, MYPEACE, Alliance of Muslim Youth Student, Communities First, SLB, AMDF Youth Volunteers, GenPeace Cordillera, Samar and Nueva Vizcaya and Lanao del Sur.

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Lecture on Human Rights Concepts and Values with GZOPeace Program Director and GenPeace National Coordinator Beverly Orozco.

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Lecture on Democracy and Governance Concepts and Values with Al Edralin, GenPeace member.

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Lecture on Human Rights and Social Justice: Philippine Context and Challenges with Amnesty International Philippines Human Rights Officer Wilnor Papa.

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Lecture on Defending Democracy and Upholding the Constitution with Commission on Human Rights Chair Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon.

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Sharing and dialogue with PILIPINA National Coordinator Elizabeth “Beth” Yang on the Role of CSOs in Advancing Human Rights and Protecting Democracy.

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Sharing and dialogue with Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking Executive Director Rafaela “Paeng” David on the Role of CSOs in Advancing Human Rights and Protecting Democracy.

Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace) Statement of Support on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (House Bill 6475 and as Senate Bill 1717) March 5, 2018

Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace)
Statement of Support on the Bangsamoro Basic Law
(House Bill 6475 and as Senate Bill 1717)
March 5, 2018

There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Bangsamoro was an idea. It was an idea to resolve social injustices against Moros. It was an idea to stop the atrocities and armed conflict, to spare life and limb and livelihoods. It was an idea for the Bangsamoro children and youth to have better options and better lives.

The people of Mindanao – Moros, Christians, and Lumads – had suffered more than five decades of armed conflict. But now, we have a golden opportunity to end the historic violence against the children of Mindanao. We have the chance at building just and lasting peace, impartial to creed, color and identity.

The Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace), a nationwide network of young peace advocates, believes that these can be addressed by implementing the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) through the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

GenPeace, together with the youth in Bangsamoro, believes that the passage of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission draft Bangsamoro Basic Law, filed as House Bill 6475 and as Senate Bill 1717, will bring peace to the Bangsamoro people and aids in the resolution of the age-old armed conflict in Mindanao. This will institutionalize the politically-negotiated settlement between the Government of the Philippines Peace Negotiating Panel (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The BTC BBL will bring development and boost economic growth noting that the Bangsamoro has forty years to catch in terms of development. This will create opportunities for the youth to cultivate a just and peaceful society through education and participation in governance.

GenPeace supports the passage of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission Bangsamoro Basic Law and its provisions particularly:

  • Provisions on youth participation in governance and increasing representation of youth in decision-making at all levels.
  • Provisions on promoting and ensuring that the rights of the youth are respected and protected in a democratic society.
  • Provisions on creating an enabling environment that promotes lasting peace and contributing to justice and reconciliation.
  • Provisions on strengthening support to educational institutions that positively contribute to the youth’s formation and institutionalizes a mechanism that promotes a culture of peace.
  • Provisions on rehabilitation and development that addresses the need of the youth affected by armed conflict.
  • Provisions on the recognition and protection of the rights of the indigenous peoples.
  • Provisions on recognition and protection of the rights of women and the importance of women’s participation in decision-making.

Investing in the youth is investing in the future. It is an investment towards a diverse Philippine Republic, an investment to a more equitable sharing of power and resources, an investment towards democracy and rule of law. The peace we build is not for our generation now, nor the current Bangsamoro liberation leadership from both MILF and MNLF. The Bangsamoro future belongs to its children—Moros, Lumads, Christians, seculars, and all the youth.

Thank you. Salaam, Kapayapaan!

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Provisions on youth participation in governance and increasing representation of youth in decision-making at all levels

Article VI Section 5. Council of Leaders.

  • The Bangsamoro Council of Leaders shall consist of the Chief Minister, provincial governors, mayors of chartered cities, and representatives from traditional leaders, non-Moro indigenous communities, women, settler communities, ulama, youth, Bangsamoro communities outside of the Bangsamoro territory, and other sectors.

Article VII Section 6. Classification and Allocation of Seats.

  • The seats in the Bangsamoro Parliament shall be classified and allocated as follows:(3) Reserved Seats; Sectoral
  • Sectoral representatives, constituting ten percent (10%) of the Members of Parliament, including two (2) reserved seats each for non-Moro indigenous people and settler Women, youth, traditional leaders, and the ulama shall also have one reserved seat each.

Article VII Section 14. Qualifications.

  • The Youth representative shall not be less than eighteen (18) years and not more than forty (40) years of age at the time of his/her election.

Article IX Section 12. Rights of the Youth.

  • Recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being.
    Create the Commission on Youth Affairs and shall define its powers, functions, and composition.

Provisions on promoting and ensuring that the rights of the youth are respected and protected in a democratic society.

Article V Section 4. Other Exclusive Powers.

  • Adopt measures for the protection of the youth in the Bangsamoro and the promotion of their welfare, and to create the appropriate office and other mechanisms for the implementation of such measures;

Article VI Section 10. Assistance to Other Bangsamoro Communities.

  • Ensure the protection of the rights of the Bangsamoro people residing outside the territory of the Bangsamoro and undertake programs for the rehabilitation and development of their communities.

Article IX Section 6. Human Rights.

  • Guarantees full respect for human rights.All laws and policies, including customary laws, shall conform to international human rights and humanitarian standards. The rights under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and otherinternational human rights instruments shall be guaranteed by the Central Government and the Bangsamoro Government.

Article IX Section 14. Rights of Children.

  • Respect, protect, and promote the rights of children, especially orphans of tender age. They shall be protected from exploitation, abuse, or discrimination. Their education and development, both physical and mental, shall be fully addressed.

Provisions on creating an enabling environment that promotes lasting peace and contributing to justice and reconciliation.

Article IX Section 3. Transitional Justice.

  • Create a transitional justice mechanism to address the legitimate grievances of the Bangsamoro people, including the indigenous peoples, such as historical injustices, human rights violations, marginalization through unjust dispossession of their territorial and proprietary rights and customary land tenure.
  • The report of the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) shall be taken into consideration in the creation of said mechanism.

Provisions on strengthening support to educational institutions that positively contribute to the youth’s formation and institutionalizes a mechanism that promotes a culture of peace.

Article IX Section 16. Integrated System of Quality Education.

  • Establish, maintain, and support, as a top priority, a complete and integrated system of quality education and adopt an educational framework that is relevant and responsive to the needs, ideals, and aspirations of the Bangsamoro people and the unity of all Filipinos.
  • Institutionalize peace education in all levels of education.

Article IX Section 18. Madaris Education, Islamic and Arabic Studies.

  • Establish and maintain madaris education within the Bangsamoro.
  • Integrate in its elementary and high school education curriculum the teaching of Islamic and Arabic studies for Muslim pupils and students in public schools.
  • Enact legislation for the strengthening and development of madaris educational system in the Bangsamoro.

Provisions on rehabilitation and development that addresses the need of the youth affected by armed conflict.

Article XIV Section 1. Rehabilitation and Development.

  • Intensify development efforts for the rehabilitation, reconstruction, and development of the Bangsamoro as part of the normalization
  • Formulate and implement a program for rehabilitation and development that will address the needs of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)/Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Force (BIAF) members and its decommissioned women auxiliary force, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)/Bangsamoro Armed Forces (BAF) members, and address the needs of internally displaced persons, widows and orphans, and poverty-stricken communities.

Article XIV Section 2. Special Development Fund.

  • Provide for a Special Development Fund to the Bangsamoro for the rehabilitation and development of its conflict-affected communities.

Provisions on the recognition and protection of the rights of the indigenous peoples.

Article VII Section 7. Election for Reserved Seats for Non-Moro Indigenous Peoples.

  • Reserved seats for the non-Moro indigenous peoples, such as, but not limited to, Teduray, Lambangian, Dulangan Manobo, B’laan and Higaonon, shall be pursuant to their customary laws and indigenous processes.

Article IX Section 4. Indigenous Peoples’ Rights.

  • Recognizes the rights of the indigenous peoples, and shall adopt measures for the promotion and protection of their rights, the right to their native titles and/or fusakainged, indigenous customs and traditions, justice systems and indigenous political structures, the right to an equitable share in revenues from the utilization of resources in their ancestral lands, the right to free and prior informed consent, the right to political participation in the Bangsamoro Government including reserved seats for the non-Moro indigenous peoples in the Bangsamoro Parliament, the right to basic services, and the right to freedom of choice as to their identity consistent with the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights and subsisting laws on indigenous peoples in the Bangsamoro.

Article IX Section 19. Tribal University System.

  • Create a tribal university system within the Bangsamoro to address the higher educational needs of the non-Moro indigenous peoples in the Bangsamoro.
  • Pass a law recognizing and supporting the indigenous peoples’ educational system to be integrated in the educational system in the Bangsamoro.

Article XIII Section 12. Rights of Indigenous Peoples Over Natural Resources.

  • Recognizing the rights of indigenous peoples in the Bangsamoro in relation to natural resources within the territories covered by a native title, including their share in revenues, as provided in this Basic Law, and preferential rights in the exploration, development and utilization of such natural resources within their area. The right of indigenous peoples to free and prior informed consent in relation to development initiatives shall be respected.

Provisions on recognition and protection of the rights of women and the importance of women’s participation in decision-making at all levels.

Article IX Section 11. Participation of Women in the Bangsamoro Government.

  • Enact a law that gives recognition to the important role of women in nation-building and regional development, and ensures representation of women in other decision-making and policy-determining bodies of the Bangsamoro Government.
  • Create the Bangsamoro Women Commission

Article IX Section 13. Protection of Women.

  • Uphold and protect the fundamental rights of women including the right to engage in lawful employment and to be protected from exploitation, abuse, or discrimination, as embodied in the Convention onthe Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Article XIII Section 6. Gender and Development.

  • Recognizes the role of women in governance and shall ensure the fundamental equality before the law of women and men. It shall guarantee full and direct participation of women in governance and in the development process and shall, further, ensure that women benefit equally in the implementation of development programs and projects.
  • Appropriation of at least five percent (5%) of the total budget of each ministry, office, and constituent local government unit of the Bangsamoro shall be set aside for gender-responsive programs, in accordance with a gender and development (GAD) plan.

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Conference on Youth, Peace and Security and the Bangsamoro

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Conference on Youth, Peace and Security and the Bangsamoro
Organized by Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace)
In partnership with Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute (GZOPI)
June 12 and 13, 2015, Millenia Suites, Ortigas, Pasig City

Conference Statement

We – 30 students and youth leaders, gathered in Goldland Millenia Suites, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, from 12th to 13th of June 2015 for the Conference on Youth, Peace and Security, and the Bangsamoro believe that we are in a critical point in the road to achieving just and sustainable peace in Mindanao. We see the issues and challenges in the peace process as an opportunity for us to be proactive in our role to contribute to peace building in our country.

We reaffirm our support for the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and the immediate passage of a CAB-based Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). We commit to continue our engagement in a youth-led advocacy to promote collective action in raising awareness of the importance of our role in the peace process. We believe that there should be expanded and safe democratic spaces for the youth to participate in effective peaceful transformations by investing on education, health, and economy.

As essential partners for peace, we will work towards a meaningful participation of the youth in the peace process. We hope that the voice of the youth will be included in peace and security issues, as we move forward for a lasting peace in our society. ###

Peace breaks out as the 22nd Waging Peace Conference Commences

by Raniel Ponteras

 

Quezon City–Peace advocates from all walks of life all over the Philippines gathered to keep the dream of lasting peace alive in the 22nd National Conference of Kilos Kapayapaan and Waging Peace (GPPAC) Philippines centering on the theme Beyond the Talking Tables – Re-Imagine! Build an Inclusive Peace! The two-day event, held at ISO Conference Rooms 5 & 6, Ateneo de Manila University, on December 6-7, spearheaded by Kilos Para sa Kapayapaan at Katarungan and the Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute was attended by participants from Sulong Carhrihl, Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform, Mindanao Peaceweavers, Indigenous Peoples groups, We Act 1325, and Generation Peace Youth Network.

Some civil society, government, religious, women and youth representatives to the Waging Peace - Kilos Kapayapaan Conference 2012. The theme is "Beyond the Talking Tables: Reimagine! Build an Inclusive Peace!"

Some civil society, government, religious, women and youth representatives to the Waging Peace – Kilos Kapayapaan Conference 2012. The theme is “Beyond the Talking Tables: Reimagine! Build an Inclusive Peace!”

Proposals and approaches toward the achievement of a comprehensive Bangsamoro framework, fresh approach to the NDF dialogues, and the linking of different groups for a larger peace network were discussed on the first day. MILF Peace Panel member, Abdullah Camlian was the first resource speaker on the second day, as he discussed the MILF’s position and future prospects on the ongoing Bangsamoro project. Afterwards, newly appointed GPH Peace Panel Chairperson Miriam Coronel – Ferrer discussed updates and answered questions on the Bangsamoro issue. The afternoon saw Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Teresita Quintos – Deles and GPH panel member Jurgette Honculada grace the stage for some news on the ongoing talks with the NDF.#

GenPeace Statement on the GPH-MILF Framework Agreement

PNoy Speech on GPH-MILF Framework Agreement

Get it here, or scroll down for full text:

Talumpati
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Kagalang-galang Benigno S. Aquino III
Pangulo ng Pilipinas
Ukol sa balangkas ng kasunduan sa Moro Islamic Liberation Front

[Inihayag noong ika-7 ng Oktubre 2012]

Dalawang henerasyon na po ang lumilipas mula noong magsimula ang hidwaan sa Mindanao. Isang siklo ng karahasang umangkin sa buhay ng mahigit isandaang libong Pilipino—hindi lamang ng mga kawal at mandirigma, kundi pati mga inosenteng sibilyang dumanak ang dugo dahil sa alitang puwede namang naiwasan.

Marami na pong solusyong sinubok upang matapos ang hidwaang ito; nakailang peace agreement na po tayo, ngunit hindi pa rin tayo umuusad tungo sa katuparan ng ating mga pangarap para sa rehiyon. Nabigyan ng poder ang ilan, ngunit imbes na iangat ang kaledad ng buhay sa rehiyon, nagbunga ito ng istrukturang lalo silang iginapos sa kahirapan. Nagkaroon ng mga command votes na ginamit upang pagtibayin ang pyudal na kalakaran; naglipana ang mga ghost roads, ghost bridges, ghost schools, ghost teachers, at ghost students, habang tumaba naman ang bulsa ng iilan. Nag-usbungan ang mga warlord na humawak sa timbangan ng buhay at kamatayan para sa maraming mamamayan. Umiral ang isang kultura kung saan walang nananagutan, at walang katarungan; nawalan ng pagtitiwala ang mamamayan sa sistema, at nagnais na kumalas sa ating bansa.

The ARMM is a failed experiment. Many of the people continue to feel alienated by the system, and those who feel that there is no way out will continue to articulate their grievances through the barrel of a gun. We cannot change this without structural reform. Read the rest of this entry

Press Release: Peace Day 2012

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 21 SEPTEMBER

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Nikki Delfin, Secretariat Coordinator, 09178946454/generationpeacenetwork@gmail.com

Youth celebrate Peace and remember Martial Law Day

Groups call for a just and sustainable peace nationwide

 

GenPeace leads the annual International Day of Peace activities for the youth in the Philippines since 2007. Photo taken from Peace Day 2011, Quezon City.

Quezon City, Philippines– Youth groups hold simultaneous peace initiatives nationwide on September 21. The date is infamously known as the declaration of PD 1081 or the Declaration of Martial Law but some commemorate it differently. September 21 is also the International Day of Peace, which is signed unanimously by the UN General Assembly.

“The youth can be apathetic but also active agents of social change and its time to bridge the gap. Many are unaware of the armed conflict and the International Day of Peace which is a day of peace, ceasefire and nonviolence,” said Mirma Mae Tica, the national spokesperson of GenPeace.

Armed conflict persist in the Philippines and remain an important issue. Consider the following:

–          The Philippines experience the most protracted armed conflict and most protracted peace negotiations in this part of the world.

–          The country’s armed conflicts continues after over 40 years

–          In 2008 the country held the world record for most internally-displaced persons at 600,000. That year there were more internal war refugees in the Philippines than in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan.

–          This year, the world is attempting the largest reduction of armed violence on September 21. Throughout the world, groups are calling governments and armed groups for a day of truce from armed violence.

–          The government is pursuing peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and a framework peace agreement is expected within the Aquino administration

–          The National Democratic Front peace negotiations are stalled due to issues such as Safety and Immunity Guarantees for rebel leaders.

“We remember Martial Law, and the human rights and humanitarian abuses during the Marcos administration. Our theme ‘just and sustainable peace for our future’ is our way to pay it forward. We are making it national and the time for peace is now.” Tica said.

This photo is taken during the exodus of ‘bakwit’ that followed the 2002 all-out war armed skirmishes between the government and the MILF. photo copyrighted to PhilANCA and Gil Nartea

 In Quezon City, Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace) leads students and youth organizations, women, indigenous peoples, local government and religious groups in peace rituals and an advocacy fair. Simultaneous peace day events also take place in Butuan, Surigao City, Cebu, Cotabato, Davao, Iloilo, Bacolod, Zamboanga, and Catarman. Activites range from candlelit vigil, art competitions, ceasefire petitions, a photo exhibit, a feeding program, peace rituals and forums. The youth organization also partners with local governments for localized peace resolutions and ordinances.

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GenPeace is a national youth network that supports the peace negotiations through peace advocacy, education and empowerment programs. We supercharge youth organizations to become active for peaceful social change. Learn more about what we do at http://genpeace.tk/

We are part of local, national and global networks on peacebuilding: United Network of Young Peacebuilders, Global Youth Movement for an Alliance of Civilizations, Youth Solidarity Fund Winner — UN Alliance of Civilizations, Mindanao Solidarity Network, Waging Peace Philippines, Kilos para sa Kapayapaan at Katarungan, GPPAC-SEA.

Peace Day 2012 (plans)

September 2012, Philippines–GenPeace spearheads localized celebrations of the International Day of Peace in the Philippines. Youth leaders and organizations take the lead in raising awareness on the country’s armed conflict, and challenging this generation to support peacebuilding initiatives. In a country with two 40-year old forgotten armed conflicts, the youth can be a potent force in bridging the peace gaps.

With the theme, “Just and Sustainable Peace for Our Future: Support the Peace Processes!”, GenPeace through its member-organizations, school partners, friends and communities, prepared numerous initiatives for the peace month of September.

September 21, apart from being the commemoration of the declaration of Martial Law 40 years ago, is also the UN-declared International Day of Peace, Ceasefire and Non-violence. The youth network aims to: 1)  educate the public on the Peace Day, the issues and root causes of armed conflict in the Philippines; 2)  promote participation and contribution from the young generation; 3) campaign for a 24-hour unilateral declaration of ceasefires, and; 4) gather broader support for the peace processes in the country.

Activities

GenPeace and its partner organizations have lined-up a month-long set of activities for September. Some of the plans are:

1.       Simultaneous Peace Day Celebrations can provide the space for  raising awareness that there is a global day of peace, ceasefire and non-violence. During this day, we join the rest of the world in aspiring for peace but also, concretely working towards that goal through education, communications and media, networking, policy advocacy, dialogues, and projects with conflict-affected localities.

  • Cagayan Valley Region
  • Manila
  • Quezon City
  • CARAGA
  • Cebu
  • Iloilo
  • Davao City
  • Samar and Leyte

2.       Ceasefire Campaign. We are asking the government and NDF and MILF to unilaterally declare ceasefires on 21 September. We are also part of global peace day ceasefire call.

3.       LGU Engagement: Peace Day Resolutions/Ordinances

We are asking local governments to pass resolutions and/or ordinances supporting peace day and the peace day ceasefire, and to fully support the peace talks. We believe that localized declarations of support increases the chances for convergence at the local level–supporting the conflict-affected communities and the grassroots–where peacebuilding matters most.

4.       Fundraising: Peace of Cake

The Peace of Cake is a fundraising to help us achieve our goal: raise awareness on peace, and support the localized peace initiatives nationwide.

We’re raising Php 200,000 for the nationwide activities of the youth network. Buy our cakes, 100% of proceeds will be for the month-long peace advocacy and education activities.

5.       Campus Tours: Peace Forums. This will be the education campaign of GenPeace for the Peace Month and beyond. The forums target students from different universities and seek to update the youth on the peace talks, raise understanding of the conflict issues in the country, the primacy of the peace talks, and challenge the youth to become peace advocates.

6.  Give Peace a Shot: Photo and Signature Petition for Supporting Peace Processes and the 24-hour Global Ceasefire

We join the world in calling for a Global Day of Truce through localized unilateral ceasefire declarations of the government through its Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the National Democratic Front. Ceasefires are often construed as pacifist and a counter-insurgency measure, but we want to institutionalize the Peace Day Ceasefire nationwide and throughout the world. A day of ceasefire can give the people a day of respite from all the violence and take time to reflect on peace. Everyone can be nourished by a day of ceasefire as the longer struggle towards a just and sustainable peace continues thereafter.

GenPeace MOVE for Democracy Campaign

Generation Peace Youth Network launches its GenPeace MOVE for Democracy campaign in 12 areas nationwide.

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A national community-led campaign that aims to engage and educate young people on their rights and role to participate in building democracy. Launched last August 29, GenPeace members will lead the actions in 12 areas in the Philippines.

Sharing the last leg of the 4-session 4-month intensive GenPeace Education on Democracy and Human Rights with Democracy and Accountability with Atty. Erin Tañada on the prospects and challenges of Charter Change, Government Watch Philippines (G-Watch) Convenor-Director Ms. Joy Aceron on a 5-hour deepening workshop on Campaigning for Accountability and GenPeace member Rechie Tugawin on building an advocacy and campaign workshop.

Thanking #GenPeace organizational and individual members who made EDHR program a success and looking forward working together for #MOVEforDemocracy.

 

Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on Youth, Peace and Security

Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation (17-20 May 2017)


Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Photo from UN Women – Bangkok, Thailand

As part of the Progress Study for UNSCR 2250, a regional consultation was held at the United Nations Headquarters in Bangkok,  Thailand with 40 participants from different  Asia-Pacific countries. Generation Peace represented the Philippines in the consultation along with Mark Vincent Lim of National Union of Students Philippines and Mohd Nizam Apna Aggah of a community-based child protection network in Zamboanga.

The program of the four-day event was divided into three parts: Day 1 & 2 on the regional consultation and Day 3 on exchanges with the youth and partners. The last day  (Day 4) was a Negotiation and Mediation Training as a Conflict Resolution Instrument facilitated by Tim Masselink of Cligendael Academy. Generation Peace shared its past experiences in peacebuilding and the network’s recommendations and concerns from the previous workshops and general assemblies. It was mentioned on the first day that  the four main objectives of the regional consultation was to identify gaps, challenges, priorities, innovations, and recommendations for a more inclusive space for the youth in peacebuilding. A report from UNFPA will soon be released and will be shared to the network.

Day 1 & 2 focused on identifying issues pertaining to youth, peace and security; the challenges and issues each country and communities faces. It was an opportunity to discuss the involvement of the youth in conflict prevention and resolution. While local issues are being discussed it simultaneously developed recommendations for the Progress Study and the different levels (local, national, and regional), partners, and agencies. The recommendations were segregated through five thematic groups — support for youth organisations, mechanisms for the implementation of UNSCR 2250, political inclusion, education (particularly peace education), social media and freedom of speech.

The participants along with regional partners discussed the recommendations on the third day along with how the group can move forward and collaborate to engage the youth in peacebuilding, promote and develop existing projects and initiatives. It was also an opportunity to build relationships and expand the network. A Facebook Live event was created to engage with other peacebuilders who were present online on that day with the theme “Imagine: Youth at the Core of Peace & Security”. It focused on a discussion with the youth and regional and national partners. The panelists were Hanny Cueva-Beteta (UN Women), Hardya “Dipa” Pranadipa (Search for Common Ground”, Kum Ju Ho (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent), Simon Finley (UNDP), and Talia Hagerty (Institute for Economics and Peace).

The consultation was a timely activity to raise awareness, utilize UNSCR 2250 in the different countries, and identify the next steps in the local, national, and regional level. It was a chance to strategize together as a region to forward and bring the spotlight to the youth, to recognize their role in peacebuilding and strengthen partnerships with the different agencies, institutions, and organizations involved. As a network, we aim to start a youth-led consultation on the National Action Plan 2250 and capacitate the network together with the members and partner communities to strengthen existing work on Youth, Peace & Security in the Philippines.

The four-day event was a partnership between the following agencies: UNFPA, UNV, UNDP, the Peacebuilding Support Office, UN WOMEN, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNODC, UN ESCAP, UN HABITAT, UN ESCAP, ILO AND IOM.