THE PEACETECH MANIFESTO
MANIFESTO OF UNITY AND COMMITMENT TOWARDS PEACE
PeaceTech 1: Moving From Conflict to Understanding
We, the youth ambassadors of PeaceTech, believe in the power of dialogue and exchange of ideas through the use of technology. We support the PeaceTech Videoconferences and adhere to its vision and mission of linking the youth of different sectors nationwide to discuss issues and problems relevant to their lives and bring about peace and understanding among members of our society.
PeaceTech 2: Overcoming Prejudice and Discrimination
We, the youth ambassadors of PeaceTech, believe that prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination must be eliminated for it destroys the very foundation of our diverse and colorful culture and bring about disparity between different members of our society. We are committed to reducing discrimination by beginning with ourselves, as well as, by supporting laws, programs and mechanisms designed to bring about its end.
PeaceTech 3: Women in Armed Conflict and Peace-Building
We, the youth ambassadors of PeaceTech, stress the safety and protection of women and their children during emergencies and armed conflict. We also believe in the power women hold in resolving conflict and bringing peace in the country. Thus, we call on the government to strictly implement or adhere to laws and declarations that would bring about security and preservation of women and their children during such events. We also call for greater participation of women in activities, programs and measures that would ensure their rights and privileges as well as make use of their genuine skills in conflict resolution and peace building.
PeaceTech 4: Indigenous Approaches to Peace Building
We, the youth ambassadors of PeaceTech, are one with the Indigenous Peoples’ community in utilizing the power of indigenous means to bring about conflict resolution and peace in the country. Thus, we call for the adoption of these approaches in mechanisms and programs designed to resolve conflict in different parts of the country and bring about rehabilitation and healing among victims of these conflicts. We also call on the government to strictly implement laws that would ensure the protection of Indigenous Peoples and bring about better understanding of their culture, traditions and beliefs.
PeaceTech 5: Youth, Children and Armed Conflict
We, the youth ambassadors of PeaceTech, believe that children should not be part of armed conflict. We support their right to family, education, health, and recreation away from armed conflict. We call on the government to strictly implement the Republic Act. No. 7610, also known as the Child Protection Act, specifically Article 10: Children in Situation of Armed Conflict. We also push for the establishment of more peace zones in areas where there is persistent armed conflict.
PeaceTech 6 and 7: The Decision Makers
We, the youth ambassadors of Luzon, challenge our nation’s leaders to commit themselves in the principles and creeds that we have adhered to in the past video conferences. We also call on them to help us in achieving the resolution of conflict nationwide, the rehabilitation of war-torn areas, and the creation of havens of peace around the country.
Peacetech is a video-conference series of young people from different areas. It is a space where the Filipino youth speak out the social issues that baffle us today. This is the draft copy of the manifesto of the ambassadors of the Peacetech series.