Peace-building Against Today’s Crises

OUR nation, like many others around the world, is in the tightening grip of an economic crunch. Prices of oil, goods and services are skyrocketing, and the supply of food is slowing. Despite the fact that a good many Filipinos are able to land jobs abroad, local unemployment and underemployment remain high. In Mindanao, unstable […]

Faith and Globalization: Tony Blair

“I am not a religious leader. But I am passionate about the importance of faith to our modern world and about the need for people of faith to reach out to one another.” Under the momentum of globalization the world is opening up, and at an astonishing speed. Old boundaries of culture, identity and even […]

Idyllic Siromon Island’s Folks, Ex-Fighters, Now Enjoying Inter-Agency Assistance

SIROMON Island, Zamboanga City – SOME 200 families in this island and two other neighboring islets are poised to receive more assistance as the Act for Peace Programme of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP-Act for Peace) led an interagency visit and needs assessment to the settlements last June 27. James Alih T. Abdul, Act […]

Culture of Peace Training given to DPLMHS Student Leaders

THIRTY young and hopeful peace advocates coming from the Supreme Student Government (SSG) pool of officers of Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School (DPLMHS) actively participated in the Culture of Peace (COP) orientation for student leaders dubbed as “A Day of Reflection and Dialogue” last July 9 at the their campus. The COP orientation as […]

Prof. Octa: Kidnapping Was a Rude Awakening For Me

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Octavio Dinampo, a Muslim professor who was among the kidnapped victims freed along with a television crew, told PeaceWorks that the kidnapping incident will not stop him from doing peace advocacy in southern Philippines, particularly in the battle-scarred province of Sulu. “I was frequently asked, ‘Are you still going back there?’ and […]

IT’S FISHERS’S TURN TO GIVE BACK THRU MANGROVE REFORESTATION

FOR many decades, fishing or fish hunting have been the primary source of food and incomes of marginal fisherfolks. There are more than 1.6 million fishermen in the country, 1.3 million of whom are operating in the municipal waters. If each of them would plant a minimum of five mangrove propagules, a total of 8 […]

SMART Joins Brigada Eskwela in Tawi-Tawi

School opening has been made lighter and hassle free for the school kids after community volunteers in this part of the country poured skills and energy, conducting minor repairs on classrooms, repainting walls and sprucing up school grounds in time for the start of classes. Bringing boxes of books and other reading materials for the […]

34 Mariki Sama-Badjao Learners Complete Basic Literacy Program of Floating School

THIRTY-FOUR Sama-Badjao learners received last July 3 their certificates of completion after five months of learning the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic recently. The Basic Literacy Program was conducted by the Department of Education (DepEd) – Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) in partnership with the Office for Research, Extension and Development (RED) […]

Military Commanders Learn Diplomacy as Alternative to War

Zamboanga City – SENIOR military officers who are battalion and brigade commanders are now poised to be more responsible peace-builders as they attended a four-day training on conflict management and peace-building last June 20-23 at Garden Orchid Hotel, this city. According to Director Atty. Benedicto Bacani, Executive Director of the Institute of Autonomy and Governance […]

ARMM Polls Will Pilot-Test High-Tech Balloting

THE upcoming August-11 election in Muslim region is seen as a “big test” if the country is ready for an automated election in time for the 2010 national polls, Commission on Election (Comelec) chairman Jose A.R. Melo has said. “This ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) election is very important. If we succeed here, and […]