Positive Engagements in Peacebuilding

May 13 – May 31, 2019
Mergrande Ocean ResortBago Aplaya, Talomo District, Davao City, Philippines

Four colored hands coming together to form peace sign

Admission Criteria

Have the ability to communicate in English (oral and written).

Have at least two years’ experience in peacebuilding or in related areas of development and human rights.

Able to clearly outline objectives/strategies for applying the lessons and skills learned from the training to one’s work situation or specific context in a Statement of Intent. (See the application form.)

Mature and committed to fully participate in the courses.

Open to dialogue with people of other faiths and cultures.

Physically fit and willing to immerse in community contexts (for those who will enroll in the Field-Based Courses).

Application Process And Course Fees

Online Application

  1. Download the Application Form and upload it along with any additional documents at
  2. Submit the following required documents: 
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • A Copy of your Passport ID Page (for international participants)
  • A Copy of the Page of your Philippine Visa (for international participants living/working in the Philippines)
  1. MPI will review your application and will notify you by sending an acceptance letter along with a billing statement.
  2. Once payment is received, a confirmation letter will be sent to you, confirming your slot in the training.

NOTE: Acceptance only means you have a tentative slot in the course(s). RESERVATION and CONFIRMATION of your slot will only follow once your full payment has been received by MPI.

Course Fees


Course Fee (Per week)



International organizations based outside the Philippines



International organizations with office/s in the Philippines and Philippine government agencies



Philippine organizations/institutions



Course Fees Include

  • Course tuition
  • Course materials/handouts
  • Processing fee
  • Other course-related expenses
  • Simple dormitory-style accommodations
  • Full meals and snacks
  • Course tuition
  • Course materials/handouts
  • Processing fee
  • Other course-related expenses
  • Lunch, dinner and snacks


Applicants who wish to utilize the live-out arrangement should indicate it on their application form to ensure proper billing.

Payment Scheme

Please wait for the billing statement which will be sent to you along with your acceptance letter after receipt and review of your application, before you wire/deposit your payment. You may select either one of the two options:

 Option One Full payment of the course fee on or before April 19, 2019 through a bank transfer. You may also pay directly in cash at MPI’s Office. This will reserve and confirm your slot in the course(s) you have selected. 
 Option Two:  Non-refundable down payment of 25% of one-week course feeby April 19, 2019 through a bank transfer with the remaining balance paid on or before the day of registration (May 12 for Week 1, May 19 for Week 2, and May 26 for Week 3). This will reserve your slot in the training but not the course/s selected until full payment is received. If the course you chose is already filled by the time you make full payment, you may be enrolled in a different course that has available slots. 


Please transfer your payment to the following bank accounts:

Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands Davao Main Branch
CM Recto Street
8000 Davao City, Philippines
Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands Davao Main Branch
CM Recto Street
8000 Davao City, Philippines
Account Name: Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation Inc. Account Name: Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation Inc.
Dollar Savings Account No.: 2084-0541-38 Peso Savings Account No.: 2083-8730-38


Once payment has been transferred, please scan a copy of the transaction/deposit slip and email it to This will verify your payment and will serve as basis for the issuance of an official receipt. Bank charges for electronic payments should be shouldered by the applicant.

Important Considerations

Withdrawal Policy

For participants enrolled for three weeks and two weeks: MPI will refund 100% of the tuition fee if cancellation of application is made three weeks prior to the training schedule (on or before April 19, 2019); a 75% refund, if cancellation is made two weeks (on or before April 26, 2019) before the training; and a 50% refund if participants withdraw a week (on or before May 3, 2019) before the training schedule.

For participants enrolled for one week only: MPI will refund 100% of the tuition fee if cancellation of application is made three weeks prior to the start of the course; a 75% refund, if cancellation is made two weeks before the course; and a 50% refund for cancellation made a week before the course begins.

If an international participant must withdraw because his/her visa was denied, MPI will provide a 100% refund, less US$100 for a processing and administrative fee, provided this is done a week before the start of class.

MPI reserves the right to withhold a 10% non-refundable processing fee for each cancellation. No refund will be issued for cancellation made less than a week prior to the start of the course/training schedule.

Ramadan 2019

The entire three weeks of the MPI 2019 Annual Peacebuilding Training will be during the time of Ramadan. For those participants who will be fasting during this time, MPI and Mergrande Ocean Resort Management will make special arrangements to accommodate their needs.

Accommodations and Meals

For those who have chosen to live-out, you will have to make the necessary arrangements for your accommodations at your own time and expense. MPI can provide a list of contact details of hotels and inns upon request.

For live-in participants who will only stay for a week, please note that accommodations are covered from the afternoon of registration on Sunday until Saturday morning. Meals begin with dinner on the evening of registration and end with breakfast on Saturday.

For both live-in and live-out participants, if you have special dietary needs, please note it on the application form.

Travel Costs

Participants or their sponsoring organization will have to cover all travel expenses (international and domestic airfares, local transportation, visa fee, etc.) and make the necessary travel arrangements.

Visa Assistance

Most foreign nationals "who are traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports are valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay.” Please see to determine if your country is listed as one whose nationals are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a period of 30 days.

If your country is not listed, please see or visit or contact the nearest Philippine consulate/embassy that is designated to issue a visa to nationals from your country.

Medical-Related Expenses

Medical-related costs are the responsibility of the participants or their sponsoring organization. It is advisable that you consider purchasing travel medical insurance to cover any medical expenses you may incur during your trip.


Class numbers will be limited to 25 participants per course on a “first-come, first-served” basis. So, it is important that you select alternate courses in case your first choice is not available. The field-based courses are strictly limited to a maximum of 12 participants although for the MPI 2019 Annual Peacebuilding Training, the field-based course entitled Indigenous Peoples’ Culture-Based Conflict Resolution Practices: Its Potential Contribution to Mainstream Peacebuilding in the Philippines will be limited to nine participants.

Classes are held from Monday to Friday and are typically from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, with lunch and coffee breaks.


Registration will be held between 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM on May 12, May 19, and May 26 at the training venue in Davao City. Arrival in Davao City should be on the day of registration. Please inform the MPI staff if you will be arriving a day or two early and if you need assistance for your board and lodging arrangements. These expenses for early arrivals or late departures are the responsibility of the participant.

Deadlines for Applications and Requirements

Only applications with completed requirements will be processed. The deadline for receipt of regular applications is on April 15, 2019. All requirements should be uploaded at by April 22, 2019. Applications not completed after the latter date will be automatically cancelled.

Data Privacy Rights

MPI is not only duty bound by law but also believes that it must observe and respect your data privacy rights. Under Philippine RA10173, these rights include:

  • The right to be informed
  • The right to access
  • The right to object
  • The right to erasure or blocking
  • The right to damages
  • The right to file a complaint
  • The right to rectify
  • The right to data portability

To learn more about your rights under Philippine law, please visit or contact our Data Protection Officer, Fred Goddard, at or at telephone number 63-82-295-3776.

You may also want to read our frequently asked questions about the training on our website. For further inquiries, please contact us.