The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) wishes to inform all colleagues, family and friends of the participants and facilitators attending the MPI 2017 Annual Peacebuilding Institute Training in Davao City, Philippines, that will end on 26 May 2017 that we are taking all measures to secure the safety of those attending this training. MPI through Philippine government participants have been in direct contact with the military and police authorities through the appropriate channels to secure the safe passage of those participants enrolled in the two field-based courses, Bottom-Up Transformation: Experiences and Practices of Grassroots Peacebuilding in Mindanao and Contextualized Approaches in Peace Education to Davao City this afternoon, 24 May 2017. For the departures of participants and facilitators over this coming weekend (27-28 May 2017), appropriate measures will be taken to assure that they are smoothly checked in at the Davao international airport and board their planes for their domestic and international flights.

Christine Vertucci
Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute
Davao City, Philippines
24 May 2017

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A Reflection on NARPI’s 2016 Summer Peacebuilding Training

If you would create something, you must be something

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (shared by Hong Soek “Scott” Kim – NARPI Facilitator).

Rudielyn Marquez giving testimony during the 2nd week Closing Ceremony​Being a peacebuilder goes beyond what position you have in your organization or in the community. It is important for everyone to understand what peacebuilding means and how each of us must be a peacebuilder.

That opportunity came to me in August of 2016 when I participated in the Summer Peacebuilding Training of the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI). Forty-nine participants gathered in Taiwan for the training, most of whom came from Japan and Korea.

​Ice breaker during the Conflict and Peace Framework classBecause I am new to peacebuilding, I chose Conflict and Peace Framework for the first week. I learned that there are many faces of peace, conflict and violence. The definition of conflict we came up with during our discussions was “conflict is something that happens anytime someone is trying to protect or defend his/her vested interests.” Conflict will result in violence if you will not deal with it or if you will just let yourself be taken over by your emotions. We just need to reflect and put ourselves in other people’s shoes first before reacting to something.

Class photo of the Conflict and Peace Framework classI was really moved when I presented myself as one of the Comfort Women in an activity where we used Ho’o Pono Pono and Samoan Circle Process to discuss what happened during World War II. It was a powerful experience, with each of us giving our different points of views of what happened before, what could have been done to prevent it, and what we can do in the future so it will not happen again.

This course was really an eye-opener for me. I grew up with no knowledge of peacebuilding work and ignored the things happening around me. Now, I can say that I’m aware of what we are going through but still searching for the right way to achieve peace. The biggest question I still have in my mind now is, Can fighting with your own countrymen achieve lasting peace? I hope while I continue to learn about peacebuilding I can find peace.

We are pleased to share with you the pdf Report of the MPI 2016 Annual Peacebuilding Training (5.56 MB) . The report provides an overview of all the activities and events that took place during the three-week training last May 16-June 3, 2016. Here, you will also read some of the reflections, insights and the collective experiences of those who were with us during this year’s Annual Peacebuilding Training.

MPI 2016 Annual Training Report Cover

  pdf Download the MPI 2016 Annual Peacebuilding Training Report here (5.56 MB) .

One important note about the MPI 2016 Report is that this is packaged differently, in an effort to make it more attractive and reader-friendly. We hope that you will enjoy reading this new formatted report. We would greatly appreciate hearing your responses, comments or suggestions on how we could do things better to improve both our reports and future trainings.

If you have not yet done so, take a look at the photos and videos from MPI's 2016 Annual Peacebuilding Training.

On another matter, we are happy to announce that we have already fixed the dates for the MPI 2017 Annual Peacebuilding Training, which will be held from May 8-26, 2017, in Davao City, Philippines. The MPI 2017 Information Packet will be shared with you by the first week of December, when applications will be officially opened. We will be sharing updates and the exciting new courses that we are developing for MPI 2017 in the weeks to come. As always, we ask that you help us disseminate this information to your colleagues, partners, networks, and friends.

Additionally, all updates and announcements about the upcoming 2017 training will be posted here on our website and on our Facebook page. We encourage you to visit these sites from time to time for the latest news and updates about MPI and the training.

We are truly grateful for your continued support to MPI. We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully seeing you next year.

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The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) is looking for a qualified individual to fill the position of:

Program Officer for the Annual Peacebuilding Training Program

General Profile of MPI

The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) is an Asian training institute that is located in Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines. Its goal is to empower individuals, institutions, and communities in the Asia-Pacific Region to be catalysts for peace and social transformation through education and training, research and documentation, and networking.

MPI is in need of a Program Officer whose primary focus will be to plan and implement the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute’s Annual Peacebuilding Training Program. The Program Officer is also expected to assist in the development and expansion of MPI’s training program and networks.

pdf Download the job description (94 KB) or click on "read more" for more information and how to apply.

Arts Classed huddled together

MPI is pleased to announce the dates for the 2017 Annual Peacebuilding Training.

May 8 - 26, 2017

Mark you calenders and join us next year for one, two or three weeks. Check back here later in the year for more information.

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