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29 Graduating Senior High and College Students are Young Peace Weavers 2018

In their non-stop pursuit to mold peace champions in this city, Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and the Interreligious Solidarity for Peace (ISP) conferred the Young Peace Weavers Award to 18 deserving graduating senior high school students and 11 graduating tertiary students for this school year, all of whom have made significant contributions to peace in their respective schools and communities.

 

For 17 years now the Young Peace Weavers Award is given annually by PAZ and ISP to the peace-conscious students in high school and college in both public and private schools.

 

After had been endorsed by their respective schools, the nominees had undergone the selection process with the screening committee whose members are from ISP and PAZ. The major criterion is the active participation of the nominees in efforts in peace building and instilling an awareness of the process towards the culture of peace as against the culture of violence in their schools and communities.

 

The 18 awardees from the senior high school are: Amina Shayne Halil (Regional Science High School); Aurelli Maria Bettina Lim (Pilar College); Alvin Rey Riclade (Southern City Colleges); Ardis Asta (Talon-Talon National High School); Maid Jammang (Arena Blanco National High School); Marvin Abdul (STI College Zamboanga); Shaira Mae Napii (Claret School of Zamboanga City); Abdul Nasser Alimoda (Filipino Turkish Tolerance School); Zyra Jazmine Jimenez (Ayala National High School); Jhonel Sumeguin (ECC-Baluno National High School); Jimboy Sabuclacao (Ramon Enriquez Memorial School); Kristine Anne Nicole Pantaleon (Culianan National High School); Alhamdi Aspalal (Tuan Datu Hadji Abdullah Nuño Integrated School); Erika Jenn Quisil (Maria Clara Lorenzo Lobregat National High School); Sean Jay Panglilingan (Tictapul National High School); Khevin Alvarado (Vitali National High School); Inshira Hussin (Tagasilay National High School) and Chabelita Benito (Bunguiao National High School)

 

While, the 11 awardees from the tertiary level are: Airon Canizares (Western Mindanao State University); Carlo Alejandro (Western Mindanao State University); Sitti Shaira Dompol (Western Mindanao State University); Mervin Cabato (Western Mindanao State University); Vea Mae Guzman (Western Mindanao State University); Aissah Anudin (Western Mindanao State University); Mary Angel Aghon (Winzelle International College); Jordan Lascota (Ateneo de Zamboanga University); Ruth Bermejo (Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology); Hazel Delos Santos (Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College) and Raffy Laliyah (Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College).

 

The bestowal of the prestigious Award will be done either during the recognition or graduation rite of the awardees. (Albert F. Arcilla/Peace Advocates Zamboanga)

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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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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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Photo Feature: Interreligious Solidarity for Peace (ISP-PAZ) 1st meeting for 2018

1st Interreligious Solidarity for Peace (ISP) monthly meeting for 2018 took place at Garden Orchid Hotel with around 20 attendees from the different religious group. 

 

Present were the 4 Conveners of the ISP namely Fr. Angel Calvo, CMF – Catholic and the Lead Convener of ISP, Professor Ali Yacub, Al-Hj – Muslim Convener, Atty. Paulino Ersando – Evangelical Conver. and Panglima Amilpasa Bandaying representing the Indigenous People. The Conveners discussed the future of ISP. (Albert Putong/PAZ) 

 

Peace Advocates Zamboanga Foundation, Inc. is a member-organization of ZABIDA implementing the Convenio Project supported by the  Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID) and Manos Unidas.  

ZABIDA is an Non-Government Organization and a consortium of four (4) independent Non-Profit Organizations namely Katilingban Sa Kalambuan Organization, Inc., Reach-Out to Others Foundation, Inc., Peace Advocates Zamboanga Foundation Inc., and Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc., all operating in Zamboanga City and Basilan empowering communities towards human security through Participatory Governance, Peace and Development and Human Rights Advocacy Campaign.

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