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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.
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.
Generation Peace Youth Network
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This GenPeace human rights education project is made possible through the Karapatan sa Malikhaing Paraan (KaSaMa) with support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Manila.
GenPeace Human Rights Playschool provides basic education on the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) as well as providing fun to young people while learning. The educational offering of GenPeace Human Rights Playschool focuses on values, attitudes and beliefs about human rights and respect to dignity. Repackaging formal workshops into facilitated “playshops” highlights significant human rights issues experienced by the youth particularly discrimination based on social, cultural and religious differences.
The Human Rights Game Kit – The design of the interactive games and board game maximizes the use of structured and facilitated playshops. The creative use of structured experiences contributed significantly to create an exciting form of learning. GenPeace Human Rights Playschool focused on utilizing various forms of games to teach UDHR catering to the audience and the need for understanding the concept of human rights in a fun and creative way.
GenPeace Human Rights Playschool Game Kit are also available to partners at Php 500.00 for the sustainability of the program in conducting Human Rights Playshops in the communities and public schools.
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
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. ###
GENERATION PEACE YOUTH NETWORK
Statement of Support for The GPH-MILF Peace Milestone
We, Generation Peace Youth Network, join our Bangsamoro brothers and sisters in rejoicing for this long-awaited moment: a great leap towards just and lasting peace. We celebrate the positive progression of the peace process between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Despite the difficult and rocky road is a sight of a brighter future ahead of this promising milestone. It is truly a wonderful gift for all of us who remained hopeful and committed in this advocacy.
With burning passion, we strongly support the developments in the peace process and commit to continuous work for the peace that we dream and greatly desire. We commit to engaging youth-led advocacy for everyone to partake and join in collective action in translating these peace agreements to a reality. We recognize the vital role of the young in creatively and innovatively campaigning support for the Bangsamoro aspiration.
Together let us work hand in hand, that we may be one in this journey towards a just and lasting peace.