Winners in the Peace in Mindanao for Reel: 3rd Short Film Festival were revealed during the Awards Night on December 1 at the Institute Mini-Theatre. A total of 7 peace music videos and 8 short films competed in the said contest.
The awards night was graced by Director Lourdes Chang of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and attended by parents, students and other partners from the civil society organization.
Along with the films and music videos, 15 paintings were also awarded and exhibited.
The Awarding Ceremony served as the culmination of a series of events in celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace.
Here are the winners:
MUSIC VIDEO Competition
Best Song – Hakarayawan
People’s Choice Award – Hakarayawan
Best Music Video (Second Runner-up) – Voice of Peace
Best Music Video (First Runner-up) – Bolos Ka Kalilintad
Best Music Video (CHAMPION) – Hakarayawan
SHORT FILM Competition
Best Story – Salimot
People’s Choice Award – Sangil
Best Short Film (Second Runner-up) – Mga Talan-awon sa Dyip ni Abdul
MSU-IIT’s Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao (IPDM), in partnership with International Alert and the German Development Agency (GIZ) through the Civil Peace Service Program, hosted a research forum on Mindanao Facets and Issues on December 1, 2014 at the Institute’s Mini-Theatre.
More than 200 individuals from 30 organizations from the academe, civil society, the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), international NGOs, and community leaders from Lanao del Norte, Iligan, Marawi, Cagayan de Oro, and Ozamis attended the forum.
Institute Chancellor, Dr. Sukarno D. Tanggol, was present to deliver an inspirational message to the participants.
IPDM Peace Research Coordinator, Dr. Mark Anthony Torres, presented a research output on The Changing Conflict Landscape in Lanao, while IPDM’s Officer-in-Charge Prof. Juvanni Caballero presented a study on Confluence of Factors Affecting Crime Reporting and Recording in Lanao.
The Bangsamoro Conflict Monitoring System (BCMS), a World Bank commissioned project, was also launched on the same day. Initial results with data collected from both media and non-media sources including blotter reports from the PNP were presented to the participants.
The BCMS is intended to establish and maintain a database on violent conflict incidents in the proposed core territory of the Bangsamoro.
BCMS Assistant Project Leader, Liezl Bugtay, also presented a research output on Rebellion, Political Violence and Shadow Crimes in the Bangsamoro: The Bangsamoro Conflict Monitoring System (BCMS), 2011-2013.
At the launching – EU representative Edoardo Manfredini (seated rightmost) and resource person Veronica Pedrosa and (seated beside him) with the event staff and representatives from EU’s partners.
In line with its long-standing commitment to the Mindanao peace process, the Delegation of theEuropean Union (EU) to the Philippines and its partners launched the 1stOctober 10 at the Al-Nor Hotel, Cotabato City.
Collaborating with EU as one of its partners in organizing this program is MSU-IIT’s Institute forPeace and Development in Mindanao (IPDM). EU’s other partners are the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism, Ateneo de Manila University, the Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines, and philstar.com. This program is also in collaboration with the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).
The launching was attended by EU delegation to the Philippines headed by Mr. Edoardo Manfredini, EU Program Manager, representing EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux; Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chair Mohagher Iqbal; Dir. Marlon Dedumo of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP); veteran journalist Ms. Veronica Pedrosa of Aljazeera; representatives from EU’s partner organizations, and members of the media and civil society organizations. At the launching – EU representative Edoardo Manfredini (seated rightmost) and resource person Veronica Pedrosa and (seated beside him) with the event staff and representatives from EU’s partners.
“Today is a time of great promise but also a time when the new [Bangsamoro] governance structure is not yet in place. This is a time which should be used to explain to all stakeholders the benefit of this[GPH-MILF] agreement for the people of Mindanao and for the people of the Philippines. This is a time when the role of the media is even more important than at other times.” Ambassador Ledoux said in a statement read for him by Manfredini addressing the (media) participants.
The program aims to raise awareness about the impact and value of peace and the peace process, in general, and to generate information and a deeper understanding of the Bangsamoro peace process, in particular. It also intends to help the Philippine journalists appreciate their role as agents of peaceful social transformation through balanced, responsible, culturally-sensitive and conflict-sensitive reporting on peace and conflict stories; and to generate awareness, interest and appreciation for EU-supported activities in Mindanao in the context of the peace process.
The EU Peace Journalism Awards is a campaign which will run until May 2015. It is open to all Philippine-based journalists with the following categories: written text published in print media, online and broadcast media, photojournalism, campus journalism, and government advocacy peace projects.
Finalists will receive trophies, certificates, and special gadgets, while the grand winner will get the chance to travel to Brussels, Belgium to meet with peace advocates and fellow journalists.
The staff of the Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao (IPDM) headed by its officer-in-charge, Prof. Juvanni Caballero, are participating in an initial public consultation on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) draft by the office of Rep. Vicente Belmonte Jr. held today at Celadon Pensionne House, Pala-o.
Dr. Mark Anthony J. Torres, Peace Research Coordinator; Prof. Mark Tristan Quimque, Peace Action Coordinator; Prof. Meriam Gay Bautista, Peace Education Coordinator; Prof. Michelle Samantha Rodriguez, Secretary; Mr. Nohman Khalil, Peace Community Coordinator; Ms. Agnes Torres, administrative assistant; and Mr. Ryan Tundag, administrative aide are also in attendance.
In his letter of invitation to IPDM, Belmonte emphasized on the importance of the consultation especially since congressional hearings have already started on the BBL draft.
Resource persons for the consultation include Hon. Miriam Coronel Ferrer, chairperson of the GPH peace panel; Hon. Senen Bacani, member of the GPH panel; Atty. Mohammad Al-Amin Julkipli, legal team member of GPH; and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission represented by Commissioner Said Shiek, Commissioner Talib Abdulhamid Benito, and Commissioner Maulana Alonto.
The IPDM, being the only academic/government organization which is a member of the Lanao Peace Partnership (LPP), is also active in the conduct of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro Education (CAB Ed) as part of the organizers and pool of resource persons. These sessions which are aimed to contribute to a more transparent and democratized peace process through education, consultation and engagement with stakeholders, are held from October until the second week of December 2014.
IPDM is one of the focal organizations for the CAB Ed sessions in Lanao del Norte.
A legal team from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission are tapped as resource persons for these sessions.
Caballero and Torres were the resource persons in the CAB Ed session which was conducted to Psychology majors on October 14, 2014 while another CAB Ed session was organized by religious organizations on October 17, 2014.
Caballero will also be the resource speaker on CAB Ed sessions scheduled in several towns ofLanao del Norte, specifically in Kolambugan and Maigo on October 17 and in Sultan Naga Dimaporo, on October 21, 2014.
IPDM and LPP will also organize another CAB Ed session on October 23 to LGU officials from 22 municipalities of Lanao del Norte. Participants to this session will include mayors, vice mayors, ABC presidents, and councilors. This session will be funded by the German Development Cooperation-Civil Peace Service (GIZ CPS).
By: Juvanni A. Caballero and Mark Anthony Torres, IPDM for OC-OPI
The Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao (IPDM) of MSU-IIT, in collaboration with Pailig Development Foundation, Inc. and the Mindanao CSO Platform for Peace, organized a study and action planning session last June 4, 2014 at the MSU-IIT Boardroom.
The said event was attended by 21 representatives from 10 Civil Society Organizations, namely: PDFI, Ecoweb, Kapamagogopa Inc., CSO-FP, Jesuit Refugee Service, Lanao Alliance of Human Rights Advocates, JCI, MCSOPP, Mindanao Peoples’ Caucus and one labor union.
The aim of the activity was to update partners from the CSOs about the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and the salient features of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) draft. The CSOs were asked to suggest programs and activities that could help sustain the gains of the peace process.
By organizing the said event, IPDM hoped to revitalize the seemingly lost momentum of the CSOs in accompanying the peace process.
After the study session, the CSO representatives unanimously agreed to embark on three major activities:
IEC Development on CAB and BBL – this comprises of writing a primer and development of IEC materials for the CAB and BBL to be used in the information and education drive.
Constituency Building – this comprises of education and information drive about the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro with various sectors of society (e.g. academe, grassroots communities, Local Government Units, youth, media, etc.).
Sentiment Mapping – this comprises of surveying/determining the sentiments of various sectors regarding the CAB and the BBL.