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Mindanao Week of Peace on its 20th Year

“We continue taking shared steps in our journey to peace. We make special mention of this year’s events highlighted by the violence in Marawi and the separate explosions in Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu and other places in Mindanao. This is also a year that gives place to the search for peaceful alternatives to local conflict such as the Enhanced Bangsamoro Basic Law, the issue of Federalism, and other approaches that mean to address our historical differences. Added to that is the on-going war on drugs, poverty, and corruption,” the Interreligious Solidarity for Peace stated as it officially opened the Mindanao Week of Peace 2017.

The observance of the Week of Peace started in 1997 as initiated by Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and the SALAAM Foundation Inc., and later on by the Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace which turned into a Mindanao Wide-celebration then providentially declared through Presidential Proclamation No. 127, series of 2001 under the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. This has been nationally celebrated through the Mindanao Peace Weaver Networks.

For 20 years now, the Mindanao Week of Peace celebration gathers diverse group of people beyond cultural and political differences participating in various activities such as a Grand Peace Parade (Opening Parade) and Grand Parade of Lights/Torch Parade (Closing Parade).

Majority of the activities of the Mindanao Week of Peace 2017 still brought together people from different sectors. From November 21 to 23, PAZ organized a Regional Peace Forum gathering around 65 Youth from Schools, Peace Clubs, Student Government, and Youth Sector Representatives from Barangays.

Part of the Mindanao Week of Peace 2017 Celebration is the recognition of the Peace Weavers Awardees wherein Peace Builders who has shown and/or given outstanding efforts towards the achieving Peace and Solidarity in Mindanao are nominated and are chosen from. For this year, Peace Weaver Awardees 2017 are Professor Noor  Mohammad-Saada of the Academe, Lt. Gen. Carlito G Galvez, Jr. of the Security Sector, Dr. Aboulkhair Tarason of the Religious Sector, Mrs. Juanita M Cabugatan of the Women Sector and Mr. Nulhamdo Cegales of the Indigenous People Sector.   

For Basilan, on the otherhand, Nagdilaab Foundation Inc., (NFI), a member-organization of ZABIDA, celebrated the Mindanao Week of Peace through a Walk-Marathon, a Zumba for Peace, and Mangrove Planting. Partner-Schools and Partner-Municipalities showed solidarity through their participation. (Deorenzie Frances Carreon/ZABIDA)

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Children’s Camp 2017 in Tairan, Basilan

In line with the 25th National Children’s month celebration on November, Nagdilaab Foundation Inc. (NFI), in partnership with Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA), Kinder Not Hilfe (KNH) and other organizations; Philippine Information Agency in Basilan, Red Cross of the Philippines, Isabela Water District, International Rotary Club, and Department of Education conducted a three (3) days Children’s Peace Camp on November 24-26, 2017, held at Barangay Tairan, Lantawan Basilan, with the theme: “Bata, Iligtas sa Droga at Terrorista”. There are 184 children, 15 youth facilitators and 26 teachers participants from three (3) municipalities of Basilan namely; Akbar, Lantawan and Maluso.


The activity focused on “Peace-Building Advocacy “ which aims to strengthen awareness on environmental issues, enhance their skills and talent through arts and to deepen children’s understanding on children’s rights.


Mr. Rene V. Carbayas, Information Center Manager, PIA-Basilan served as resource speaker on ASEAN integration on the first day of the camp. He also challenged the children to listen and to open their minds and heart in realization happening nowadays.


Children were clustered into four (4) thematic sessions namely; Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Life support or First Aid Training, Arts and Crafts, Sing and Dance, and Stress Debriefing Sessions. Each thematic session were participated by pupils of different participating schools. The purpose of doing this is to make sure that each pupil will have the idea, additional skills, and knowledge of the thematic sessions and also used their talent and skills to advocate Peace. The children camp was also packed with team-building activities such as children amazing peace race in order to test and strengthen their camaraderie, communication, endurance and agility. During solidarity night the children showcased their hidden talents. 


Present during the Talent Presentation were  Ms. Deddette L. Suacito, Executive Director of Nagdilaab Foundation Inc. (NFI), Ms. Aleli Almodovar, Manager of Isabela Water District, LT,Col. Andrew B. Bacala Jr.,Commander of 4th Special Forces Batalion, Capt. Ronald G. Odchimar, CMO officer 104 Brigade & Company, Hon. Carlito M. Suela,Barangay Chairman-Tairan, Lantawan, Hon. Ustadz Patta Lazaro, Municipal Councilor-Lantawan Municipality, Mr. Haber Bebio, Principal of Pamucalin Elementary School, and Mr. Protosendo Rago, Principal of Switch Yakal Elementary School. (Ayara Jaimin/Nagdilaab Foundation Inc.)

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#ZABIDARelief2017 serve 22,410 individuals affected by Typhoon Paolo

Due to the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and Typhoon Paolo (Tropical Cyclone Lan), Zamboanga City experienced heavy rains and very strong winds that caused flooding and tidal surge in vulnerable Barangays in the City from dawn of October 15 to October 20.


ZABIDA, as part of the Convenio Project, with the support of the Spanish Cooperation (AECID) and Manos Unidas, conducted a #ZABIDARelief2017 from October 17 to October 30. ZABIDA distributed around 4,449 Food Packs that served around 22,410 individuals from 17 Barangays namely Barangay Ayala, San Jose Gusu, Calarian, Maasin, Talisayan, Patalon, Campo Islam, Mangusu, Licomo, Tictapul, Vitali, Recodo, Tugbungan, and Tetuan.

The Relief Response was made possible with the immediate support of The City Social Welfare and Development Head Office of Zamboanga, the Zamboanga Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, and the Respective Barangay Local Government Unit Officials of the aforementioned Barangays, volunteers from the Tau Gamma Phi – Zamboanga City members, Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP), Mindanao Youth Development (MYDev), Regional Public Safety Battalion – Region IX, Philippine Coast Guard, Marine Battalion Landing Team 11, 545 Engineering Battalion, Philippine Naval Forces – WestMin, Zamboanga City Public Safety Company, Zamboanga City Police Station 1, Claret School of Zamboanga City, Theo’s Builders, Task Force Zamboanga through the 11th Infantry Battalion, Police Station 9 and 10, Chowtime Restaurant and Private Individuals. Through their unconditional efforts, 4,449 families were able to receive Food Pack.

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