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Michael Frank A. AlarMichael Frank A. Alar is an Independent Consultant on Conflict Transformation, Dialogue and Peace Processes for the World Bank Philippines' Stability, Peace and Security team for its support to the Mindanao Peace Process. For more than 15 years, Michael has worked, studied and volunteered for peace in countries that have included Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia and Turkey. In the Philippines, he has consulted for the United Nations Population Fund on Youth, Peace and Security and has worked at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue Philippines Office as Project Manager where he provided capacity building and technical support to Mindanao Peace Process stakeholders. Michael also worked for the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process of the Philippine Government where he designed and facilitated trainings on peace and conflict for civil society organizations, local government units, the security sector and the Bangsamoro Development Agency. He holds an MA in International Peace Studies from Japan, an Advanced Specialist Degree in Peace and Development Studies from Spain, and a diploma in Islamic Studies and Interfaith Relations from India, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Philippines.

Course for 2018: Introduction to Conflict Transformation (ICT)

Tala (Twinkle) Bautista Tala (Twinkle) Bautista is a community worker in the Philippines, who has worked extensively in peacebuilding. For nearly a decade, she has worked in several capacities with different indigenous communities across the Philippines seeking to bridge faith-inspired peace frameworks with that of indigenous cultures and traditions. For the past seven years, Tala has been a part of Peacebuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI), a missionary community motivated by principles of nonviolence, love, and spirituality to transform land and people into communities committed to justice and peace. She works closely with communities in Kalinga in Northern Luzon on economic regeneration and in the development of their School of Living Traditions. She also engages with communities in the Visayas and Mindanao towards economic regeneration and disaster response through the lens of peace. Tala is a proud member of the Kalinga First Nation and celebrates the fact that she belongs to the Indigenous People. She is a graduate of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Tala currently serves as PAR Community Development Director and Chief Operating Officer of PBCI.

Course for 2018: Human Centered Security: Reimagining Conflict Stakeholder Relationships (HCS)

Foundation for Media AlternativesThe Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) is a non-profit NGO in the Philippines whose mission is to assist citizens and communities in their strategic and appropriate use of the various information and communications media for democratization and popular empowerment. Since its formation in 1987, FMA has sought to enhance the popularization of development-oriented issues and campaigns through media-related interventions, social communication projects and cultural work. In 1997, FMA focused on the area of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to enable communities to assert their communication rights and defend their rights to information and access to knowledge towards progressive social transformation. It has since evolved into a proactive research and advocacy forum in the area of ICT policy and Internet governance. FMA seeks to develop programs and projects that strategically address the questions of access to and equity of disadvantaged sectors in the area of information and communications and in locating the so-called digital divide within existing socio-political divides, including gender. FMA also engages in regional and global governance spaces, and often plays a convening role in different initiatives and engagements in and for Asia civil society.

Course for 2018: Digital Peacebuilding and New Media (DPNM)

Baht LatumboBaht Latumbo is currently with BalayMindanaw International Center for Peace in the Philippines and is a widely experienced Consultant and Trainer for 25 years in areas such as process capacity development, conflict transformation and peacebuilding, nonviolence advocacy, and lobbying. Baht is one of the founding leaders of ACTION-Asia and the former Chairperson of ACTION-Global (Action for Conflict Transformation) network from 2002 to 2007. For 17 years, he was a Professor for Conflict Transformation Across Cultures at the School for International Training in Vermont in the USA. He also was a trainer in Advanced Conflict Transformation courses for the Coalition for Peace in Africa and was a Visiting Tutor at Responding to Conflict in the UK. Baht has served as a trainer for Nonviolent Peaceforce for its field-team members. He is also an Associate Member of Karuna Center for Peacebuilding based in Massachusetts in the USA. Prior to joining Balay Mindanaw, Baht was the Deputy Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Course for 2018: Understanding Culture and Identity as a Resource for Peacebuilding (UCIRP)

Myla LeguroMyla Leguro holds an MA in Peace Studies from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in the USA. She has worked for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) since 1991 on peace and development projects in Mindanao. As the Program Manager of the Peace and Reconciliation Program of CRS-Philippines, Myla organized two major peacebuilding initiatives: the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute in 2000 and the Grassroots Peace Learning Course in 2003. She has worked as an international trainer in Timor Leste and Nepal, and has served as a resource person in various peacebuilding conferences in Colombia, Thailand, and the USA. In 2006, she was the first CRS-Kroc Visiting Fellow. Myla holds the distinction as being one of the 1,000 women collectively nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. Myla currently serves as Program Director of a CRS global program on Advancing Interreligious Peacebuilding, an initiative that covers four interrelated projects on interreligious dialogue and cooperation in Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Niger, Nigeria and the Philippines

Course for 2018: Interreligious Peacebuilding: Approaches for Cooperation, Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (IRPB)

Rev. Fr. Noel R. Ponsaran Rev. Fr. Noel R. Ponsaran is a Police Chaplain in the Philippine National Police with a rank of Police Senior Superintendent, holding the position of Division Chief, Spiritual Ministry and Pastoral Division and concurrent Regional Pastoral Officer of Police Regional Office 6 based in Iloilo City, Philippines. He has served with the Philippine National Police for almost 19 years. Fr. Noel holds an MA in Pastoral Ministry and a PhD, major in Peace and Development, from Notre Dame University in Cotabato City, Philippines. In 2008 he participated in the MPI Annual Peacebuilding Training and in 2010 he took several peacebuilding courses under Balay Mindanaw Foundation. Fr. Noel underwent training on Anti-Terrorism and Counter-Radicalism in Australia and Nonviolent Communication in Germany in 2012. He has been a peace advocate, promoting the Culture of Peace at the grassroots level, using the framework of conflict transformation and inter-cultural solidarity. For nine years, he was a convener of A-Immah-Pastors-Priests Forum working for the Tri-people (Muslims, Christians and Lumad) in Mindanao. Currently, Fr. Noel is working for the Interfaith Group, helping the police in Values Formation throughout the country.

Course for 2018: Human Centered Security: Reimagining Conflict Stakeholder Relationships (HCS)

Orson SargadoOrson Sargado is currently the Head of Office of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), overseeing the Mindanao operations. He has been with CRS-Philippines since June 2000. Orson attended short peacebuilding courses at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and at Eastern Mennonite University in the USA. He has been a peacebuilding and conflict transformation facilitator at MPI and at the Grassroots Peace Learning Course. Through the years, he has been engaged in various grassroots development and peacebuilding efforts such as community-based peacebuilding, interreligious dialogue, peace education, peace advocacy, peace governance, and emergency and peacebuilding. He believes in program integration as it leads to creating better results and sustainable impact to communities. Orson is now finishing a doctoral program in Development Studies at the Ateneo de Davao University. He lives in Davao City with his wife and three teenage children.

Course for 2018: Mainstreaming Peace Education in Communities and Schools (MaPEC)

Miriam (Deddette) L. Suacito Miriam (Deddette) L. Suacito is the current Executive Director of Nagdilaab Foundation that undertakes community development and peacebuilding activities among Muslim communities in Basilan Province in Mindanao, Philippines. She has over 30 years of experience as a community organizer, educator, trauma counselor, and trainer among grassroots communities in conflict-ridden areas of Mindanao. Deddette holds a BS in Psychology from Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines and certificates of completion for special courses taken at the Asian Institute of Management in Manila and the Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University in the USA. She also holds the distinction as being one of the 1,000 women collectively nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.

Course for 2018: Fundamentals of Peacebuilding (FPB)

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