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MPI 2019 National (Philippine) Facilitators

Michael Frank A. Alar

Michael Frank A. Alar

Michael Frank A. Alar is an Independent Consultant on Conflict Transformation, Dialogue and Peace Processes for the World Bank Philippines' 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 governments, the security sector and the Bangsamoro Development Agency. He holds a MA in International Peace Studies from Japan, an Advanced Specialist Degree in Peace and Development Studies from Spain, 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 2019: Introduction to Conflict Transformation (ICT)

Krizanti Cruzado

Krizanti (Kriz) Cruzado

In the last 15 years prior to her graduate studies, Krizanti (Kriz) Cruzado has been engaged with various NGOs in the Philippines providing community development services, designing and implementing development projects, providing research and development inputs and facilitating capacity building workshops throughout the country. Her work experience includes serving as Disaster Response Coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee in Nepal between 2015 and 2016, and serving as a Consultant and Extension Education Strategic Advisor for PeaceBuilders Community, Inc., (PBCI) in Davao City, Philippines. Kriz holds a MA degree in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development from the Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Canada. She is an alumna of MPI and has been facilitating at MPI since 2014.

Course for 2019: Be the Change: Designing Transformative Justpeace Through the Power of Nonviolence (ANV)

Joey Ganio Evangelista, MJ

Joey Ganio Evangelista, MJ Joey Ganio Evangelista, MJ, is an Ilocano Catholic priest from Baguio City in the Philippines. He is a member of the Missionaries of Jesus (MJ), an international religious congregation founded in the Philippines. He has been working at the Malita Tagakaulo Mission (MATAMIS) of the Diocese of Digos since 2011. Before being assigned to MATAMIS, he had two mission assignments abroad, one in the Democratic Republic of Congo and another in Mozambique. In the Philippines, Fr. Joey has worked in Lubang Island, Occidental Mindoro. He holds a BA degree in Philosophy from Saint Louis University, Baguio City, and a MA in Dogmatic Theology from the Maryhill School of Theology in Quezon City, Philippines. Fr. Joey has earned several doctoral units in the same discipline from the Loyola School of Theology of the Ateneo de Manila University. He speaks Filipino, Ilocano, English, French, Lingala, Portuguese, Cebuano and Tagakolu.

Course for 2019: Indigenous Peoples’ Culture-Based Conflict Resolution Practices: Its Potential Contribution to Mainstream Peacebuilding in the Philippines (IPCB) (Field-Based Course)

Primo Mique Fagel, Jr., MJ

Primo Mique Fagel, Jr., MJPrimo Mique Fagel, Jr., MJ is an Ilocano Catholic priest from La Union Province in Luzon, Philippines. He is a member of the Missionaries of Jesus (MJ), an international religious congregation founded in the Philippines. He has been working at the Malita Tagakaulo Mission (MATAMIS) of the Diocese of Digos since 2015. Before being assigned to MATAMIS, Fr. Primo had worked as a missionary in Zambia and Mozambique. In the Philippines, he has worked in Lubang Island in Occidental Mindoro. Fr. Primo was also involved in the ministry of interreligious dialogue in the Prelature of St. Mary in Marawi, Lanao del Sur, Mindanao. He holds a BA degree in Philosophy from Saint Louis University, Baguio City and did his theological formation at the Maryhill School of Theology in Quezon City, Philippines. He speaks Ilocano, Filipino, English, Chibemba, Portuguese, Chiutée, Cebuano and Tagakolu.

Course for 2019: Indigenous Peoples’ Culture-Based Conflict Resolution Practices: Its Potential Contribution to Mainstream Peacebuilding in the Philippines (IPCB) (Field-Based Course)

Marites T. Gonzalo

Marites T. Gonzalo Marites (Matet) T. Gonzalo is a Tagakolu anthropologist from Malita, Davao Occidental, Philippines. She is a board member of the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation, Inc. (MPI). She is also the Coordinator of the two community-based Indigenous Peoples’ schools of the Malita Tagakaulo Mission (MATAMIS) and in charge of the Ubun na Kettal, the Tagakolu youth program of MATAMIS. She holds a BA degree in Elementary Education from Cor Jesu College in Digos, Davao del Sur, Philippines, and earned a MA degree in Anthropology from the Ateneo de Davao University. She speaks Tagakolu, Cebuano, Filipino and English.

Course for 2019: Indigenous Peoples’ Culture-Based Conflict Resolution Practices: Its Potential Contribution to Mainstream Peacebuilding in the Philippines (IPCB) (Field-Based Course)

Myla Leguro

Myla Leguro

Myla Leguro holds a 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 recently served as Program Director of a CRS global program on Advancing Interreligious Peacebuilding, an initiative that covered four interrelated projects on interreligious dialogue and cooperation in Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Niger, Nigeria and the Philippines.

Courses for 2018: Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding Practitioners (MEPP) and  Interreligious Peacebuilding: Approaches for Cooperation, Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (IRPB)

Gabrielle Aziza Sagaral

Gabrielle Aziza Sagaral Gabrielle (Gabs) Aziza Sagaral is a project officer with Forum Civil Peace Service (forumZFD), an international non-governmental organization working on nonviolent conflict transformation in several countries, including the Philippines. Based in Davao City, Gabs leads the development and implementation of an initiative engaging higher education institutions to integrate fundamental concepts of peace and conflict within the curricula of political science and the advancement of peace education in teacher education. She provides technical assistance to media educators to promote and employ conflict-sensitive methodologies in journalism. For over ten years, Gabs has been engaged in peacebuilding and sustainable development work. She started as a volunteer and then as a project officer with the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute. She has worked alongside different indigenous peoples in the region by providing capacity building on community-based media through iEmergence Inc. Gabs graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the Ateneo de Davao University. She is an alumna of MPI and one of ten Mindanawons who are part of MPI’s Grassroots Peacebuilding Mentors Program.

Course for 2019: Fundamentals of Peacebuilding (FPB)

Orson Sargado

Orson Sargado

Orson 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 2019: Mainstreaming Peace Education in Communities and Schools (MaPEC)

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