Archive for September, 2017

PAZ Barangay Culture of Peace Trainings

The Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) announced they already completed the implementation of the Culture of Peace (COP) Training to the Barangays they are working with.

PAZ established partnership with 34 barangays coming from the City’s two districts. “Last September 19 we have just finished the COP training for the community,” happily shared by Robert N. Basco, the Peace Education for Community Based.

Since the start of the Convenio project on 2014, PAZ has been working with the said Barangays in the conduct of the COP training, where they provided basic principles on peace, conflict, conflict resolution and transformation and promoting interreligious dialogue in the community level.

“Participants learned about the six petals of peace and how to use those petals or paths to peace to build a more peaceful community,” Basco said.

PAZ is one of the member consortiums of Zamboanga Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA) who is currently implementing a four years convenio project. Its other members were: Katilingban sa Kalambuan, Inc. (KKI), Reach Out to Others Foundation, Inc. (ROOF) and the Basilan-based Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc. (ROOF).

At the end of every COP training, the participants, who are mostly coming from the different sectoral groups in the Barangay are asking to draft a action plan that would possibly address the concerns of their community.

“(In every training) The participants design strategies and come up with action plans at the end of the day applying these skills in their homes, workplaces, and communities,” Basco elaborated.

The next level of engagement with the Partner-Barangays is the implementation of the Logistical Support drafted in the peace action plan session of the Culture of Peace Training.  (Albert F. Arcilla/Peace Advocates Zamboanga)

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6 Barangays receives DRRM and GAD Logistical Support from ROOF

Barangay Bolong proposed an Animal Disperal Project which was supported by ROOF through a Goat and Pig (Swine). A turn-over of the said animals took place at the Barangay Bolong, Barangay Hall last September 2. Present in the ceremony were Hon. Junie Enriques, Barangay Kagawad of Brgy. Bolong, Mr. Erikson Clavano, President of the Multi-Sector group together with other members of the Barangay’s Sector groups.

On September 6, 2 units of Canopy Tents were turned-over to Barangay Divisoria as part of their Disaster Risk Reduction Management project. Hon. Jesus Macrohon and the rest of the Barangay Council members participated in the ceremony, Divisoria Elementary School was also represented by Mrs. Malou Rebollos, Elementary School Principal together with the Children’s and Farmers Sector members.

Barangay Recodo, on the other hand, received 1 Unit of Generator Set 7HP on September 7, for their Disaster Risk Reduction Management. The ceremony was mainly participated by Barangay Chairman Hon. Wahab Ibba, Indigenous People Mandatory Representative, Hon. Layna Abdurasid, members of the Barangay Council, Members of the Sector groups and Dr. Rufina Cruz, ROOF Vice President.

While Barangay Lapakan, on September 13, received 50 sacks of Rice in support of their Rice Retailing Business for their multi-sector groups composed of Women, Farmers, Children, Youth. This is under the Gender and Development and Sector-Poverty Reduction Logistical Support. Hon. Clodualdo Cosme, Members of the Barangay Council and Mrs. Merlie Cosme, President of the multi-sector group showed their support in the turn-over ceremony.

September 26, Barangay Bungiao received their proposed signage on Disaster Risk Reduction Management to raise awareness to its community. This is to strengthen their Disaster Risk Reduction Management in the Barangay. Present in the turn-over ceremony were members of the Barangay Local Government Unit, Sector group members of the Barangay which is headed by Kagwad Leo Resurreccion, Kagawad Flordelina Sadallani, Kagawad Babyna Gregorio, Mr, Olie Paulino, Bellas Mujeres de Bungiao President, Mrs. Luz Ramos.

ROOF capped off their series of Logistical Support turn-over in Barangay Cabaluay. 4 units of Sewing Machines for their livelihood Project to the Women’s sector which is dressmaking, 2 units of spine board, 4 units of neck brace and 2 units of harness were also turn-over for their Disaster Risk Reduction Management Logistical Support proposal. Barangay Captain Makko Apolinario and members of the Barangay Council of cabaluay and the President of La Mujeres de cabaluay, Mrs. veronica Francisco showed their support through their participation.

In all these turn-over ceremonies, ROOF President Dr. Grace J. Rebollos personally turned-over the above-mentioned Barangays’ Logistical Support on DRRM, GAD, Sector Poverty Alleviation requests. Also with her were ROOF workforce namely Khamar Amsain, Program Coordinator, Asthon Suico, Rahsa Alberto and Dennis Alberto, LGU Coordinators. AS of September this year, ROOF has around 4 remaining target Barangays to grant their proposed Logistical Support on Gender and Development, Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Sector Poverty Alleviation. (Deorenzie Frances Carreon/ZABIDA)

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Human Rights Advocacy through the ARTReach Program in Masepla Transitory Site

Another ArtReach Program conducted for the Youth and Children in Masepla Transitory Site last September 17, 2017. In line with the commemoration of the Zamboanga Siege, an ART Therapy was given, as part of the ZABIDA Human rights Advocacy Campaign in partnership with GUHIT Pinas Zamboanga Chapter which aimed to promote Youth and Children’s rights through visual arts.

The priority issues and concerns of Children and Youth seen and occurred in the transitory site were presented and the needs and concerns were also addressed. Basic art techniques were taught to the participating Youth and Children and through this techniques they were encouraged to use art as a tool for them to advocate their concerns and rights.

After teaching them the basics, the participants were asked to express themselves through coloring a Mandala. The ArtReach activity concluded by a distribution of Art Materials for the children and youth to continually practice art. (LEO CHRISTOPHER GASPAR/ZABIDA/Human Rights Advocacy Campaign)



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Brgy. Recodo Indigenous People’s Sector : Re-Orientation of their Human Rights

More than 50 Indigenous Peoples participated in the re-orientation of Human Rights in Barangay Recodo on September 9 of this year. This is in coordination with Kagawad Layna Abdurasid, the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) of the Barangay and the Barangay Recodo Council.

ZABIDA through the ZABIDA Human Rights Advocacy Campaign Project Staff was invited to talk about the Identified Priority Issues concerning the IP sector which serves as the basis of the organization’s continuing Human Rights Advocacy Campaign for the sector concerned. Also present in the orientation was Engr. George T. Jucotan, Officer-in-Charge of the Zamboanga City Office of National Commission of Indigenous Peoples. Engr. Jucotan presented the Indigenous Peoples Right Act also known as the IPRA Law which provides the rights and priviledges of the Indigenous People. ZABIDA continues its efforts in disseminating the rights of every sector groups in their community. (LEO CHRISTOPHER GASPAR/ZABIDA/Human Rights Advocacy Campaign)



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