A STATEMENT OF THE INTERRELIGIOUS SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT FOR PEACE OUR country has constantly scored high on the scales of corruption in Asia and the world. As a people, we have seemingly become habituated to the culture of sleaze and dishonesty in the way that many of our leaders carry out their supposed duties to the […]

730,000 TESDA Scholars Will Take Tech,, Voc Training This Year

Zamboanga City – THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is earmarking P1.4-billion this year for scholarship grants under its training-for-work and private education student financial assistance programs, said Roger C. Peyuan, the agency’s deputy director-general for field operations. The fund targets 730,000 student grantees this year. Some P350-million will be allocated for at […]

Civil Society Casts Doubt on Balikatan Over Perceived AFP Bunglings

Zamboanga City – MORE than a thousand troops from United States and Philippines took part of the 15-day joint military exercises and humanitarian missions in the country Starting on February 18. But civil society groups in Mindanao have questioned how these exercises have significantly resulted in raising the Filipino military’s fighting and community assistance capabilities. […]

Sandra Jamiro: A Life With A View

Editor’s Note: This article was originally intended to be written and published in December, last year, in the course of Sandra Jamiro’s month-long solo art exhibit in Ateneo de Zamboanga University. In its treatment of her as a woman painter, publishing it this March in connection with its worldwide celebration as Women’s Month makes it […]

Acclaimed Dramatis Maranaw Blazes Feb. Theaterfest

Zamboanga City – THEATER presentations should not merely be a form of entertainment but should rather influence changes on issues that a certain piece wanted to depict. This was the message of playwright and play director Prof. Steve Fernandez after the theatrical presentation of Ming-Ming, a play written and directed by Fernandez, on the occasion of […]

New Campus Ministry and Interfaith Pad Opens in State U

STUDENT formation in the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) has moved literally closer to the center of campus life with the inauguration last February 15 of the university’s new Campus Ministry and Interfaith Dialogue Center building. This is a place to find meaning in our lives, a place of solidarity and peace and joy, WMSU […]

PAZ, IRMSP To Publish Arabic Version of Peace Letter of Islamic Scholars

PEACE Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and the Inter-Religious Solidarity Movement for Peace (IRMSP) will print copies of the Arabic version of the open letter recently written initially by 138 Islamic scholars and addressed to their Christian counterparts to seek better understanding and relations between the followers of the two religions. This was one of the resolutions […]

Sangali High School Students Learn Peace-Building

SOME 15 student leaders of Sangali National High School (SNHS) learned the basics of peace-building during a whole-day orientation on culture of peace conducted by Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) last Saturday, March 1. The orientation training dubbed as “A Day of Reflection and Dialogue” was held at SNHS campus and was participated in by officers […]

WMSU’s Best and Brightest Pupils Tackle the Art of Peace

TEACHING its elementary and high school pupils how to make peace and not war was surely an appropriate way to celebrate February as “Love Month”. Thus did Western Mindanao State University’s Center for Peace and Development (WMSU CPD) conduct two consecutive seminar-workshops for over 40 class officers of the university’s Integrated Laboratory School to teach […]

Convenio Allies Meet to Swap Community Devt. Know-How

Zamboanga City – IN an effort to strengthen their initiatives to curb poverty in their regions, two big consortia of non-government organizations (NGOs) held a cross-cutting sharing conference in this city last month. The Bicol Consortium for Development Initiatives (BCDI) and Zambaoanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA) held the conference from February 5-7 at Lantaka Hotel. […]