Education Officer of Sulong CARHRIHL

nzchrThe second day of the workshop started with a audio-visual prayer. The morning activity for the day was facilitated by Ms. Cathy Cerillo, Education Officer of Sulong CARHRIHL. The activity was the modified war games in line for the first topic of the day on humanitarian protection in relation to International Humanitarian Law. The activity was able to highlight the rules of war, effects of armed conflict to communities and how communities can assert their rights.

The learning session for the morning was the topic on humanitarian protection in relation to International Humanitarian Law with Mr. Leonilo Lagasca of IHL Committee of PNRC. His session focused on the primary principles of IHL of protection, distinction and limitation. He also shared some experiences they have on Red Cross on humanitarian protection which was appreciated by the participants. He also shared the programs of Red Cross on conflict affected communities as well as in other areas. The discussion was fruitful especially for the youth partners in the regions.

The second topic for the day was on peace education and peace-building which was discussed by Ms. Jayme Uy, Spokesperson, Generation Peace Network and Staff of Center for Peace Education – Miriam College. The discussion started with series of activities to establish the definition of peace and conflict in the participant’s point of view. After the activities, Ms. Uy stressed on the difference of positive and negative peace as well as the levels of peace. She also discussed on the nature of conflict and aggression, on how it can bring negative and positive impact to the lives of the people. Moreover, she also dwelled on defining peace education and how it can change consciousness towards meaningful changes in the society. As GenPeace Spokesperson, she introduced the peace quilt project of GenPeace and encouraged the network to join in this endeavor which stirred interest to the group.

Lunch break was late on this day and so the session for the afternoon started late. Unluckily, the next speaker was also late for the session. Nonetheless, instead of the panel forum, Mr. Romy Halabasso gave an input discussion on the peace processes the government is spearheading. He contextualized his discussion on making the participants understand peace as a national agenda and how the national policy on peace have been shaped over the years. He also discussed the guiding principles of peace process and the development of the six paths to peace as framework for the endeavor for the peace process. Afterwards, he shared the current status of the negotiations and dialogues being held with armed groups in the country. He also provided the group with the programs and projects OPAPP is handling for developmental aid for peace.

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In the late afternoon, Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Lead Convener of Sulong CARHRIHL proceeded with her participative approach in discussing the peace process. She posted several questions which includes defining peace process, how young people can help and what actions are to be taken. At the end of the sharing session, the group agreed to write a manifesto on young people’s view on the peace process and commitment to call for resumption of peace talks.

On the late afternoon, the participants were divided into three learning groups for the concurrent session on creative expressions. The topics for the concurrent sessions involved basic theater workshop, music writing and doodle arts. At the end of the sessions, the participants were able to come up with their presentation, musical output and art works. Due to time constraint and logistical problems encountered that day, the presentations was postponed for the other days but was not pursued because of the intensive planning session. Thus, it was treated as a personal learning especially in expressing peace and human rights concerns.

The day started with a group activity prepared by the secretariat. The groups were treated to an egg hunting activity which they enjoyed. The groups collected the eggs and answered questions on topics discussed in the previous days.

The discussion for the day started with a forum on CARHRIHL and updates on the agreement presented by Gen. Lina Sarmiento, member of the GRP Monitoring Committee. She represented the GRP MC in behalf of Atty. Sedfrey Candelaria, Chairperson of the GRP MC. The discussion focused on the historical background of which led to the signing of the agreement of the two parties. She stressed on the mandate provided by the national peace policy of the government and preceded on the general overview of the agreement focusing on the human rights and international humanitarian law principles and provisions. She also discussed the mechanisms of the Joint Monitoring Committee to address the violations and to seek retribution and justice.

The strategic planning started with Ms. Joeven Reyes facilitating the conflict, peace and stakeholders analysis in order to map-out the conflict and peace situation of young people and how other stakeholders can affect changes for peace-building. The group used the COPAR peace analysis lens for the workshop. The participants were grouped and worked on the workshop with the following results: :

The groups presented their analysis and intently discussed their issues and concerns.

Afterwards, Mr. Wilson Requez facilitated the assessment of the peace and conflict dynamics workshop. It was done to aid in the formal planning session of the activity.

Due to lack of time, the session for the day was put on hold and the groups worked on their workshops even after the session hours.