Nung isang araw ko pa dapat ito ibo-blog. Kaya lang walang time ehh. Pero ito na!
I attended the VSO Bahaginan Public Forum on Peace last September 14, 2011. I and kuya Mickey Santiago, co-peace ambassador, represented peacetech in a forum that's quite intimidating to me because it felt so serious and I was like the youngest person in the room. However, as the discussion went on, I felt more and more proud of myself and of all those people in the room because it's PEACE we're talking about. And being a peace ambassador, I've never felt so involved in peace-building until I was in that forum with everybody else, sector representatives, who wanted PEACE in the Philippines.
with Mr. Dominic Hannigan TD, Irish Member of Parliament
Hindi nag-iisa ang peacetech. Hindi lang OPAPP ang gusto ng kapayapaan. Hindi lang AFP at MILF ang dapat na nag-uusap para maisaayos ang ating lipunan at makamit ang katahimikan sa mga conflict-affected areas. KINAKAILANGAN ANG PARTISIPASYON NG LAHAT. During the forum, I realized that IF WE WANT HOLISTIC PEACE THERE MUST BE A HOLISTIC, COLLECTIVE ACTION. Yun ang ikinatuwa ko sa forum. May tao galing sa gobyerno, may AFP, PNP, MILF, mga propesor ng akademya, civic orgs at NGOs, international institutions gaya ng world bank, at nandyan din ang media. Lahat nagpahayag ng kagustuhang makamit ang tunay at inclusive o holistic na kapayapaan.
The Key Speaker for the Forum was Mr. Dominic Hannigan TD
The Forum was moderated by Prof. Nieves Confesor, Executive Director of Team Energy Center for Bridging Leadership at the Asian Institute of Management. There was three (3) reactors after Mr. Hannigan's talk
Dr. Francisco Lara, Jr. - Country Director of International Alert
Mr. Camilo Montesa - Former PHL Peace Panel Member and former Asst. Secretary of OPAPP
Prof. Abhoud Syed Lingga - Member of MILF Negotiating Panel and Executive Director of the Institute of Bangsamoro Studies
I don't really remember who said what but here are some of the points I was able to take note of (syempre I took note of them kasi I guess it's relevant at nakakarelate ako):
It was recognized that conflicts resulting from misunderstanding and differences of culture and religious beliefs happens at the different levels of the society. So while trying to address these issues at a National Level, we must be able to look at it and attend to it in the community level. Because the communities have different experiences of the conflict, they have different "needs of peace." (may iba't ibang solusyon sa iba't ibang problema. . .hindi masosolusyonan ng isang engrandeng suhestyon ang maliliit at iba't ibang mga experience ng karahasan, kahirapan at diskriminasyon). May nagsabi pa "the national government do not always represent the interest of the LGUs in the negotiating tables."
There are many suggestions and approaches laid out in the forum to counter the seemingly reversed process of peace. One of them is Disarmament, sabi ni Dr. Lara. But as Mr. Hannigan answered it, disarming is possible, however, there is still some doubts in the process. Instead of disarming the "armed" there must be a prevalent "feeling of security." It is not removing the guns but REMOVING THE NEED FOR THE GUNS. When people feel secured, there will be no need of having to arm oneself for fear of possible attacks from "other" armed groups. This is the same as saying "remove the causes of conflict and remove the conflict."
Somebody from the reactors, seemingly have said, "maybe the reason why it was easy for ireland to achieve peace was because of their economic advantage." Mr. Hannigan said, NO. The good and stable economy of Ireland was actually a benefit of PEACE.
Another point raised,
Siguro ang pinakagusto ko sa mga nasabi was the Idealist approach (quoting Prof. Nieves) of Mr. Montesa. For him, enough of going back, analyzing and studying the past, the roots of it all
Now, syempre bida ang PeaceTech sakin kasi yun ang org ko. During the forum kasi, the civic orgs and NGOs were also recognized. They play the important role of third siders in negotiations, and since these organizations have their own spheres of influence (networks of volunteers, audiences, beneficiaries, etc.) they help a lot in involving the different sectors of the society in our search for peace. The civic orgs and NGOs are the important key players in engaging the society in a holistic approach to peacebuilding.
One MILF panel member
Para sa mga di nakaka-alam
What do we do at peacetech? Marami eh, di ko din kabisado. Hahahaha.. Pero basically peacetech educates many young people from Luzon and Mindanao (and soon visayas) about the each other's cultures, encouraging dialogue and interpersonal interaction without necessarily bringing them "physically together." Instead, peacetech maximizes the power of technology by conducting video conferences where young people from mindanao are able to see and talk to the young people from luzon and vice versa. There are different versions of this video conferencing, there's the classroom video conference which involves real students from real classrooms connecting two ends of the country in a venue where they are able to discuss things, share stuff and many more
Inspired din si Mr. Hannigan sa initiative na ito ng peacetech and even thought of replicating it sa kanilang bansa. Proud naman ako kasi Im part of peacetech being their ambassador.
Nabanggit na lang din ang pagiging ambassador ko, PeaceTech also conducts the Peace Through Technology Training Program, na siyang humuhubog sa mga Peace Ambassador tulad ko. Marami kang matutunan during the training pero ang pinkamahalaga dun
Meron din day workshops catering to different groups like teachers, soldiers, and young pros. Ine-educate din sila about peace syempre!
Last point na naisip ko lang during the forum, maraming suggestions, maraming solusyon eh kung sobrang dami nila why not carry all of them out? The more people wanting to achieve peace, the closer we get to achieving peace. Basta ang end goal naman PEACE diba? Wala lang dapat pulitika. Di natin maiiwasan na ipilit o ipasok ang personal nating mga interes habang isinusulong ang kapayapaan e. However, dapat siguro kapag nagiisip tayo ng mga ganung bagay iconsider natin kung baka naman tayo lang ang makikinabang sa approach naten. Dapat WIN-WIN.
To close, I'm proud of PeaceTech for investing in the youth and believing there's hope in us. I say we won't fail you! Siguro sbi ng ibang nagbabasa, nasasabi mo lang yan iho dahil bata ka pa at wala kang totoong alam sa sitwasyon kaya ideal ka magsalita. But then, why can't we be ideal? Siguro kasi may pinoprotektahan tayo. Pride? Hurt feelings? Power? Ewan. Basta kaming kabataan, nagkakaisa kami. Gagawin namin ito sa paraang alam namin at kaya naming gawin. You adults do your part. PARA SA KAPAYAPAAN, ito ang blog ko. Magandang Gabi. :)
[walang edit-edit. kapag may mali pasensya na. lahat ng nakasaad dito ay opinyon ko lang kaya kung may nasaktan po, patawad. at kung may natuwa, salamat! Comment ka sa baba!]