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General Information


Peace in Action: Empowering Peacebuilders in the Midst of Violence

May 13 – 31, 2024
Mergrande Ocean Resort
Bago Aplaya, Talomo District, Davao City, Philippines

Graphic of 3 people, green, red and yellow, with hands raised standing in the palm of a blue hand that forms a circle with an arch above representing diverse peacebuilders empowered to deal with conflict.

Admission Criteria

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

Have at least two years of experience in peacebuilding or in related areas of development or 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

Application Process

  1. Avoid Transfer of Sensitive InformationComplete the Online Application Form (preferred) or download the Application Form and upload it along with the required documents listed below at https://mpiasia/mpi2024docupload.
    PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY DOCUMENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION, BY REGULAR EMAIL. You may also mail your application and required documents to: Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation, Inc., Apt. 301, Casa Graciana Inn, 6 Juna Avenue, Matina, 8000 Davao City, Philippines or drop them off in person.

  2. Submit the following required documents: 

  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • 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. Only applications with completed requirements will be processed. The deadline for receipt of applications with a discounted fee is March 15, 2024, and for regular applications is April 1, 2024. To avail of the discounted fee, all requirements should be uploaded and submitted by March 22, 2024, and for the regular applications, they should be uploaded and submitted by April 8, 2024. Applications not completed after those dates will be automatically canceled.

  2. An acceptance letter will be sent to you along with a billing statement to you or your sponsoring organization once your application has been reviewed by MPI.

  3. 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). Placement in a course is conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. As such, we encourage you to apply and enroll as early as possible. RESERVATION and CONFIRMATION of your acceptance into a course 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



*A Discount of 5% will be applied to applicants who will submit their applications on or before March 15, 2024.

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

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

Important Considerations

Accommodations and Meals

Accommodations for one-week stays are provided from Sunday afternoon to Saturday morning. Meals begin with dinner on the evening of registration and end with breakfast on Saturday.

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

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

Travel Costs and Arrangments

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.

Visas and eTravel for Foreign Nationals

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. Those holding Hong Kong or Macau passports should see the bottom of that page.

If your country is not listed, please see the general guidelines and requirements here: However, we strongly urge you to visit or contact the nearest Philippine consulate/embassy that is designated to issue a visa to nationals from your country for their specific requirements since these vary widely and, in some countries, are very strict. You may also require documents from MPI that will be provided to you. We encourage you to begin this process as soon as possible.

etravel logoIn addition to a visa, as of 14 August 2023, all travelers to the Philippines are required to register with

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.

REMINDER: Deadline for Receipt of Applications:

Extended Application Deadline:April 24, 2024

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

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