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Calendar of Activities: Peace Month


Doing something for Peace Day? Submit your initiatives by contacting us.

NOTE: The schedules of initiatives here may change without prior notice. It is advisable to contact the local area coordinators beforehand.

GenPeace is part of the larger network called the Waging Peace Philippines and the broader coming together of the Philippine peace movement known as the “Kilos para sa Kapayapaan at Katarungan” (KILOS).


Govt, MILF, CPP-NPA-NDF: Declare a peace day ceasefire!

September 01, 2011

photo copyrighted to PhilANCA and Gil Nartea


Peace is our Right: Declare a Peace Day Ceasefire!     

A Citizens’ Call for a September 21 Ceasefire


We—peace advocates from diverse political, cultural, faith and social backgrounds—urge the Government of the Philippines and the CPP-NPA-NDF to declare a 24-hour ceasefire on September 21. Especially on that date, the ongoing ceasefire between the GPH and the MILF must be upheld.


We support the peace processes and affirm our collective right to peace – peace that is not just the absence of war but also the absence of structural violence. We believe that peace is freedom from fear, want and humiliation.


We draw on the UN-declared International Day of Peace and Non-Violence to highlight the urgent need for peace. The UN General Assembly resolution was passed unanimously in 1981 to give way to a Global Day of Ceasefire. Until now, an annual peace day ceasefire has never been realized in the Philippines.


As we appeal for a ceasefire day, we ask for a million supporters for the peace processes through the One Million Voices for Peace Campaign (OMV). From August to December the OMV campaign will launch photo petitions, Facebook likes, fun runs, local mobilizations and celebrations, film screenings, sports events, indigenous rituals and forums to be held in different communities, regions and key cities nationwide.


What difference can one day of ceasefire make? Clearly, it is the difference between life and death at the battlefield. But more importantly, a day of peace is a ray of hope for the Filipino people. It is a day that makes us all believe that—in the brief moment when guns are silenced—peace is possible. A day of ceasefire gives us a glimpse of what we expect to attain in our lifetimes, a just and sustainable peace… freedom from violence in whatever form.


The Filipino people can take a day of respite from all the violence and take the time to reflect on and commit to peace. They can be nourished by a day of ceasefire for as the struggle for towards peace continues thereafter.



Kilos para sa Kapayapaan at Katarungan (KILOS!) is the broadest coming together of the Philippine civil society organizations working toward a just and lasting peace in the country. KILOS! Is a concerted effort at  engaging the different stakeholders talking at the peace tables and the larger Philippine society. Its main convenors are network of networks from peace civil society organizations: Mindanao Peaceweavers, Boses Mindanaw, Waging Peace Philippines – GPPAC Southeast Asia, Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform, Indigenous Peoples Network, and the Sulong CARHRIHL Network.


Give Peace A Shot is a photo petition: 1) supporting the peace talks; 2) popularizing conflict and peace issues in the Philippines; and 3) calling for a peace day (21 Sept) ceasefire declaration from all sides. Click the image to view the campaign site.




(NOTE: Please contact the GenPeace secretariat ( or +6324266064) if you would like to join the call for a September 21 Peace Day Ceasefire)  Read the rest of this entry

Let the 100-Day Countdown Begin: International Day of Peace

2011 Peace Day Theme

Today the UN announced this year’s theme for the International Day of Peace: MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. Their announcement opens: “September 21, 2011, marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Peace. As we begin today a 100-day countdown to the observance, we pay tribute to the many civil society activists who lent the strength of their imagination to the institution of this Day.”  Read the rest of this entry

Job Posting: Staff for Peace and Humanitarian Advocacy Program

Balay Ph

Balay  is looking for a  staff for its  Peace and Humanitarian
Advocacy Program. The job entails writing, support to legislative
lobby work, networking, organizing peace and humanitarian forums,
participation in conferences, facilitating dialogues between
internally displaced persons and actors in the peace process, among
others. The selected applicant will be under the supervision and
guidance of the Program Officer. Read the rest of this entry

Peace Agreements and the Law of Peace

Professor Christine Bell is one of the leading scholar-practitioner in the fields of comparative peace agreements, human rights, transitional justice, constitutional amendments, public participation and women’s roles in peace processes.

“This consultative paper commissioned by International Alert and written by Prof.Christine Bell is the product of two perspectives which combine rigorous scholarlywork focused on legal academic research on peace agreements with reflective peacepractice over several decades.I briefly cited her landmark publication, ‘On the Law of Peace: Peace Agreementsand the Lex Pacificatoria’, discussing the evolving law of peace surrounding peaceprocesses at an address entitled, “Peacemaking Requires a Marathon Mentality:Reflective Peace Practice from a Filipino Perspective,” delivered before members ofthe judiciary and legal professionals at the Chief Justice lecture series during the2009 peace month.It was in the aftermath of this dialogue between peace advocates and legalpractitioners that the idea of an exchange of insights involving Prof. Christine Bellcame up, and so we discussed what possibilities there were for her to be involved inbringing to bear her considerable experience and research on the emerging lexpacificatoria and its relevance to peace processes in the Philippines.” –excerpt from Prefatory Note by Prof. Ed Garcia


UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund, Accepting Applications!


Nairobi, 2 March 2011: The UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund will this year provide one million dollars to projects led by young people aged 15-32 years who are piloting innovative approaches to employment, good governance, shelter and secure tenure.  Small development initiatives are eligible for grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.

Of the one billion slum dwellers in the world today, it is estimated that more than 70% are under the age of 30.  These young people have few resources available to improve their own living environments.  There are many youth-led initiatives in slums and squatter settlements around the world that require support in their ef forts to ies.

UN-HABITAT invites young people based in cities or towns from the developing world to apply for grants from the fund.  The deadline for applications is April 15th 2011.  More information and details are available at

This initiative sprang from the 21st session of the UN-HABITAT Governing Council in 2007 and has so far awarded grants to 113 projects led by young people from all over the world.

In 2010 the winning projects from 31 countries were feted in Shang hai, Chi 2 August.  Many of the project ideas were aimed at alleviating poverty, improving employment opportunities, improving the environment and increasing youth participation in decision-making.  The fund promotes the poverty-reduction aims of the Millennium Development Goals, and the Habitat Agenda for better, more sustainable and equitable towns and cities throughout the developing world.

In his message for International Youth Day 2011, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, said that the needs of young people must be taken into account in economic and social development.

“I am regularly inspired by the goodwill, talent and idealism of the young people I meet across the world.  They are making important contributions to our work to eradicate poverty, contain the spread of disease, combat climate change and achieve the Millenn ium Deve said.

For further information, please contact: Head, Press & Media Relations Unit & Spokesperson, or  Media Liaison, Press & Media Relations Unit, UN-HABITAT, Nairobi; Tel: (254 2) 7623153, 7623151, Fax (254 2) 7624060, (Cellphone) (254 2)  733 760332,, Website:


Update Report on the GPH-CPP/NPA/NDF Peace Process

Alexander Padilla
GPH Panel Chair for the Talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF
Forum on Peace and Security
March 3, 2011

Download the file here.

National Perspective on Peace Process and National Security

Sec. Teresita Quintos-Deles
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
Forum on Peace and Security
March 3, 2011

Download the presentation here.

Call for Submissions, “Anagnorisis,” Poetry, Essay, Photography, Stort Story (EXTENDED: October 29)

Call for Entries extended until October 29, 2010.

Malapit na naman ang International Day of Peace. Oo, sa September 21 yun, at may mga activities ulit sa Quezon City circle at kahit malayo, pwede kang makilahok…

Do you have ‘pieces’ (i.e. essay, poetry, photos, short stories) on Peace? Share it, and GenPeace will publish it.

Meron ka bang mga tula, sanaysay, larawan at maikling kwento na patungkol sa giyera’t kapayapaan? Ibahagi mo sa amin, at pag napili, isama nating mailimbag! Selected pieces will also be read during the Peace Day celebration.


GenPeace National Assembly: “Consolidating the Youth Peace Agenda, Responding to the Emerging Issues of Peace”

GenPeace will be having its national assembly on 5-6 December 2009 at the Ateneo de Manila University. For possible slots for participants, send us a message via the guestbook of this site. The draft programme for the event is as follows:



December 5: Pre-Conference Newbie Dinner

Venue: TBA



GenPeace: Who we are? What we do?

Open Forum


Closing Remarks



December 6: General Assembly


8:00-8:30               Registration:

8:30-8:40               Opening Ritual and Interfaith Prayers:

8:40-8:50               Overview of the GA and Introductions:

8:50-9:05               Opening Remarks

9:05-9:35               Reporting on 2009: Peace Issues, Activities, Outputs




10:00-10:45          Workshop: 2010 Projects, Themes, Strategies for GenPeace

10:45-11:30          Presentation of Plans for 2010


11:30-12:30          Group Photo and LUNCH


1:00-1:30               Presentation of Youth Peace Agenda

1:30-2:00               Presentation and Adoption of GenPeace Organizational Paper and Organizational Structure: Debbie

2:00-2:45               Election of Officers:  Lloyd and Celine

2:45-3:10               Video Presentation: Kwentong Kapayapaan Documentary and Peace Day Music Video




3:30-4:30               Panel Discussion: Moving the Peace Forward: Emerging Issues and the Armed Conflicts

–          What are the emerging issues that affect the developments in the peace process?

–          How can the youth help move the peace processes forward?

–          Considering the changes in the political landscape by 2010 vis-à-vis the peace processes, what strategies are needed?

4:30-5:00               Open Forum

5:00-5:30               Closing Remarks

6:00                        Visit of Peace Wall and DINNER at QC Circle