Monday, April 10, 2006

Summer Intensive Peace Building & Reconciliation Training Program, May 3 to 14, 2006

Applicatn Deadlne Extnded
1st Annual Peacebuilding & Reconciliation Program (APRP) Launched!

A summer intensive peacebuilding and reconciliation training program has been set for May 3 to 14 this year. It will be held at the cool and quite surroundings of the La Salette Shrine in Silang, which is 20 minutes before reaching Tagaytay on Aguinaldo highway. Funded mainly by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) - Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Program and the German International Capacity-building organization (InWEnt), known international and local co-trainers and resource persons will conduct simultaneous 5-day modules on various aspects of peace work, alternative dispute resolution, mediation, negotiation, active nonviolence, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

Hildegard Goss-Mayr, the Austrian President Emeritus of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) leads one of the modules. She, together with her late husband Jean Goss, was a catalyst to the 1986 Nonviolent People Power Revolution, and she may be returning here for the last time. Other distinguished trainers include Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ, DD, Bishop Edgardo Juanich, DD, Wendy Kroeker and Jonathan Rudy of the Mennonite Central Committee, Susan May Granada of the Nonviolent Peaceforce – Sri Lanka Field Team, Pete Hämmerle of the Austrian Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), Alim Elias Macarandas of the Bishop-Ulama Conference, Annabelle Abaya of the GRP Peace Panel for talks with the CNN, Marites Guingona-Africa of the United Religions Initiative and Peacemakers’ Circle, Cesar Villanueva of Pax Christi Pilipinas, Rebecca Capulong of the Siliman University Peace Resource Center, Mike Alar of PIDO-OPAPP, Marides Virola-Gardiola and Maria Lourdes Aseneta, both of whom are private consultants and members of Brahma Kumaris.

A consultation process to gather the experiences and best practices in peacebuilding, conflict transformation and reconciliation was a deliberate effort to make the concept of an Annual Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Program (APRP) well attuned to the needs of peacebuilders who participated in the process. Enhanced by the encouragement of mentors from the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) and the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in conducting annual intensive training programs, this program called the 1st APRP this May 2006 has become a reality.

While conflict transformation and peacebuilding efforts have achieved significant strides in Mindanao, it is apparent that the same efforts must be taken to address the issues of the sixty-year armed insurgency elsewhere in the Philippines. The Mindanao peace efforts have succeeded in keeping armed hostilities in check in major fronts through the nurturing of a strong grassroots constituency for peacebuilding while there is much to be desired elsewhere. It has become evident that addressing the complexity of violent social change (insurgency) armed conflict is crucial in order to spur positive, transformative and constructive efforts that could bring just and lasting peace, human security and sustainable development in our communities and for the entire nation.

Transforming armed conflict and unceasingly encouraging conflicting parties never to resort to arms, assassinations, illegal arrest & detention, dispersals and other forms of violence is only half the goal of this initiative. We must believe that lasting solutions can only be achieved through serious negotiations, one careful step at a time and protracted over a number of years. We continue to explore nonviolent alternatives to achieve what is for the common good in the spirit of conciliation and openness to acknowledge the goodness in every human being. In the end, we continue to hope that we learn to respect and appreciate the many different perspectives of one reality and discover how we can work together each step of the way.

For more information, please write to iccn@pldtdsl.net or aprp2006@gmail.com Deadline for applications is extended to April 18, 2006.

Chito Generoso
APRP Program Co-Director
Or
Ellis Luciano
Institute of Reconciliation
APRP Program Office
1180 C. Roces Ave., SAV, Makati City 1202 Philippines

Fr. Jose Nacu, MS
APRP Co-Director
Institute of Reconciliation

Purificacion Obra
APRP Co-director
Asso. Dean
Graduate School,
University of La Salette

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