Celebrating Harmony Week

As a response to the invitation of the World Interfaith Harmony Week Celebration, the Interrelgious Solidarity for Peace (ISP) and Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) in partnership with the City Government of Zamboanga, a Harmony Forum was organized. Given the multicultural nature of the City, the Harmony Forum aimed to broaden and deepen the meaning of harmony.

Prof. Noor Saada, Project Manager of Modeling Inter-LGU Alliance for Basilan Project and one of the Peace Weaver 2017 awardees discussed the topic on Understanding the Meaning of Harmony. Thereafter, the participants were divided into groups according to their different faith namely Catholic, Muslim, Evangelical/Protestant and Indigenous Peoples for a workshop to discuss among them how else can they strengthen their relationship with the intra-faith groups and what can they do together for the healing of the interfaith communities.

Around 90 community and religious leaders partiicpated at the Harmony forum which was conducted in Centro Latino last 10 February, this City.

Peace Advocates Zamboanga is a member-organization of ZABIDA that operates in Zamboanga City focusing on Peace and Developement Initiatives. ZABIDA is implementing the Convenio Project supported by the Spanish Cooperation for International Development (AECID) and Manos Unidas. (Albert Putong/PAZ)

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GAD/DRRM Logistical Support for Barangay Pasonanca

Another successful story of Logistical Support turn-over ZABIDA-KKI held at Pasonanca Barangay Hall, today February 15, 2018 for both Gender and Development and Sectoral plan implementation and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.

The said activity was attended by the sectoral representatives of the Barangay from the Women, Senior Citizen and Urban Poor sectors.

Also present during the turn-over was the Barangay Council of Pasonanca headed by Punong Barangay Hon. Efigenio E. Julian, KKI LGU Coordinators and Manos Unidas Coordinator to the Phillipines Ms. Jessica Del Olmo.

Manos Unidas through ZABIDA-KKI turned-over the following for GAD & Sectoral; Kitchen utensils and equipment and for DRRM; 10 units of Hand Held Radio and 2 set of Safety Belt (Parachute type).

Katilingban Sa Kalambuan, Inc., is a member-organization of ZABIDA  founded in 1995 to help poor and marginalized communities cope with growing socio-economic problems in Zamboanga City. KKI is now implementing the Convenio Project in Zamboanga City which is supported by the Spanish Cooperation for International Development (AECID) and Manos Unidas.  (Sosimo Eyas, Jr./KKI)

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Photo Feature: Celebration of World Water Day meeting in Basilan

The Basilan Civil Society Organization-Climate Change Adaptation Alliance (CCA) with Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc. had meeting on February 22, 2018 at NFI Conference Hall, Isabela City, Basilan. Nineteen (19) participants representing fourteen (14) organizations as member of the Gandang Gaddung (Green Beauty) Basilan. The Alliance discussed the following agenda; CSO-CCA Launching Planning, Details on Advocacy Materials and Ways forward like Internal Policies, and Organizational Leadership. The meeting centered on the conduct of a walk for the environment during the celebration of World Water Day on March 22, 2018 with the theme: “Awit at Sayaw Alay sa Kalikasan”. (Ayara Jaimin) 

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PAZ opens Young Peace Weaver Awards to Senior High School

Almost two (2) decades now since Peace Advocates Zamboanga Foundation, Inc. initiated the Young Peace Weaver Awards. The award is granted to graduating students of both the Secondary and Tertiary Level who are actively involved and are contributing to Socio-Civic activities addressing Peace, Leadership and Service. It serves as a recognition of their valuable contribution to social change regardless of how big or small their efforts are.

Under the Convenio Project, supported by the Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID) and INGO, Manos Unidas, that started in 2015, roughly around 60 were already awarded. And, since the implementation of the K-12 educational system in the Philippines last 2015, the inclusion of the secondary level was put on hold. But, for 2018, PAZ opened the opportunity to Senior High School students and from the Call for Applications in January 5 to January 30 of this year, 40 Senior High School students of both the private and public schools in the Eastern to the Western part of Zamboanga City submitted their application.

The selection of the Young Peace Weaver Awardees has three phases; Phase 1 is the promotion and campaign followed by the Phase 2 which is the validaiton and pre-selection through reviewing the documents submitted thereafter the Phase 3 for interview and deliberation. Given the number of applicants for this year, the Interview and Deliberation took 4 batches. The first bach: “East Cluster”- High School candidates were interviewed last February 8, the second batch: “West Cluster” – High School candidates were interviewed last February 13, the third batch: “Central Cluster” – High School took place on February 20 while for the College/Tertiary Level candidates were screened on February 15.

The 3-cluster interviews were supported by the host schools namely, Maria Clara Lorenzo Lobregat National High School for the East cluster, Ayala National High School for the West cluster, and Claret School of Zamboanga for the Central cluster.

Albert Putong, the Project Staff behind the Search of the Young Peace Weaver Award 2018, was asked about his take on the annual award for the Youth wherein he shared that, “Yung punto kasi (ng Young Peace Weaver Awards) is to give recognition to students who are doing little things from the ground…ZABIDA and PAZ under the Convenio Project appreciates and recognizes these small efforts to inspire them and others na to also do the same…sa usapang pang kapayapaan lahat may parte…lalo na ang mga batang ‘to…”

He then added that “you don’t have to have a position to make a change…the challenge is it’s not for the sake of having an award, to help them have the drive to continue being a Peace Advocate…parte sila sa efforts…and the Challenge for PAZ is to creatively come up with programs to sustain their (the Awardees’) efforts and involvement…”

After the series of deliberation, around 32 finalists are now awaiting for their confimartion of award. The Awardees will receive their recognition during their graduation ceremony this coming March 2018. (Deorenzie Frances Carreon/ZABIDA)


Peace Advocates Zamboanga Foundation Inc., is a member organization of ZABIDA and its currently implementing the Convenio Project in Zamboanga City focusing on Peace and Development initiatives. The Convenio Project through ZABIDA is supported by the Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID) and Manos Unidas. 

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