3-Day Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CBDRRM) Training for Non-Government Organizations (NGO)

The Office of Civil Defense Regional Office IX organized a training on Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CBDRRM) especially for Non-Government Organizations that are working closely with Barangays. ZABIDA, having to implement empowerment initiatives on DRRM to its partner-barangays sent more than 5 of its project staff to participate.

Regional Director, OCD RO IX Leoncio A. Cirunay, Jr together with the Training Resources Speakers; Engr. Emmanuel Sucgang, Mr. Casmar Pajiji, Mr.Jonald Fernandez, Mr. Jeston Santisteban and Mr. Sonnyboy Simon join the participating groups in a photo. (Karel B. Mellanes/ZABIDA)

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Conversation on Local Security gathered members from various sectors

The Zamboanga Peace and Security Forum (ZPSF) a group of civil society organizations working closely with the security sector for issues relating to peace and security in the city and its neighboring island provinces has became a common ground for these two groups.

During the April 19 meeting entitled “Conversation on local Security” held in a hotel in the city, ZPSF together with the security sector shared information on peace and security issues circulating around the region. The group has roughly 60 members coming from the academe, religious, women, youth, civil society organization, and indigenous peoples (IPs).

In the said meeting, the peace conscious audience received a fresh updates on the current peace and order situations in the region coming from the officials of the military and police.

Fr. Angel C. Calvo, CMF the convener of the group saw this occasion as an opportunity to discuss the different issues that need to be revised. “So we will have a series of lectures, presentations today and with us the representatives from the security sector…I hope the two most important issues, the peace and security and our commitment for peace will be tackled,” he said during the opening remarks.

The whole day activity was centered on the accomplished and the next move of the security sector on the fight against the lawlessness groups especially the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and the kidnap for ransom group (KRG) operating in the nearby provinces.

Major Eugene Ramon the Deputy Acus Intel of the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) briefed the audience on the different accomplishment of the headquarters in the neutralization on the enemy of the state under their area of responsibility. While Colonel Lionel M. Nicolas, commander of the Task Force Zamboanga (TFZ) presented the different security measures that they are implementing in the city to prevent any untoward incidents to happen.

While PSupt Ferjen Torred, deputy regional director of the intelligence unit of the Police Regional Office 9 (PRO-9) and PSupt Roberto Marcos from the City Police Office also provided the updates respectively. The issue on security updates in light of justice and the Human Security Act of 2007 was also highlighted during the activity. Attorney Peter L. Medalle, the regional prosecutor of the region explained in details about the content of the Human Security Act of 2007 in line with the massive surrenders of the ASG members which will possibly receive assistance from the national government.

The activity capped with a breakaway workshop which composed of the following: Ulama, CSOs, Academe, women, and IPs which they had brainstorm some “doable actions” that can be carried by them in response to the peace and security matters. (Albert F. Arcilla/ZABIDA)

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Youth Summer Peace Camp 2018

Roughly 80 young minds coming from the different partnered secondary schools of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) underwent training on healing during the annual Youth Summer Peace Camp which runs from April 22-24 at Our Lady of the Pilar Retreat House and Lay Formation Center, at Mercedes, this city with the theme “Sustaining the Journey for Peace”.

“In our society now there are historical injustices and marginalized,” Fr. Angel C. Calvo, CMF, president of PAZ said to the young audience which ages ranging from 15 to 20 years old. The three day peace camp was jam-packed with in-door and out-doors activities which geared to widen and to enhance their perspective on peace and peacemaking, and most especially to learn healing.

“In our community there are many ethno-linguistic groups which sometime cause’s conflicts,” Fr. Calvo said. “Basically that is our concerns, the social cohesions,” he added. To further enhance the skills and talents of the participants, they were grouped in accordance to their interest such as the: Theater dance, music, visual arts, arts and crafts, and journalism. Each of the groups has facilitators who came from the Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP), the youth arm group of PAZ.

Fr. Calvo emphasized to them that the solution to this communal problem is through having a respect with the others. “If we want to make a world of peace, we have to respect the different flowers, appreciate each other,” he said.

After the Youth Summer Peace Camp, another batch of campers is expected to undergo the same training but this time it will be for the children on May. (Albert F. Arcilla/ZABIDA)

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Verde Zamboanga, Inc. “Explore Nature for a Cause” with ADZU SACSI

Together with other youth volunteers, members of the academe, security sector and the non-government organization sector participated in the “Explore Nature for a Cause” with the Ateneo de Zamboanga University-Social Awareness and Community Service Involvement (AdZU SACSI) last April 15, 2018. More than 50 participants went inside the Barangay Salaan Cave. They also propagated Bamboo Cuttings.

Verde Zamboanga, Inc. (VZI) is ZABIDA’s partner-organization that focuses on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Programs. VZI sent its volunteers and ZABIDA Regional Program Management Office staff. (Karel B. Mellanes/ZABIDA) 

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