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UNYPAD Chapters Intensify Community Peace Advocacy

By Rudy S. Lumapinet DATU PAGLAS, Maguindanao (February 14, 2014) – The Municipal Chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD), Datu Paglas, Maguindanao Cluster 3 Provincial Chapter, in partnership with the 6th Brigade of 109th Base Command of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) conducted

Got invited to speak at the Malaysia Social Media Summit 2014

Very excited to share that I will be in Malaysia in a few days for the 2014 Malaysia Social Media Week! I will be one of the speakers during the World Bloggers and Social Media Summit at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on February 24 to March 1, 2014.

It’s truly a huge honor and opportunity and I am looking forward to meeting the other speakers from all over the world. I will be one of the only two speakers from the Philippines (the other one is Anton Diaz, the very amiable guy behind the popular Our Awesome Planet :) )

With the theme “Engage, Educate and Entertain,” the 2014 Malaysia Social Media Summit, organized by the Malaysia Social Media Chambers, aims to reflect the “role of social media as a catalyst in stirring the cultural, political, economic and social development of a nation. The theme encourages thousands of individuals and organizations to project, orchestrate and execute original ideas – through social media.”



The World Bloggers and Social Media Awards 2014 as well as several workshops will be held during the weeklong social media event. Please find more information at the official Malaysia Social Media Week website.

I am really looking forward to this trip. Been to Malaysia a few times before but this will be an extra special trip :) I also cannot wait to see my friends in Malaysia!

Thank you so much to all the MSMW 2014 organizers for the invitation — very special thanks to Ned!

I will be posting photos and other updates via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook :) Please feel free to follow me :) If you’re attending the 2014 Malaysia Social Media Summit, please feel free to let me know in the comments section, too! Would love to meet you!

UNYPAD Members Donate Blood to the Bangsamoro Development Agency

By Yusoph S. Lumambas Cotabato City (February 11, 2014) – Around 300 Bangsamoro participated in the bloodletting program of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), Central Mindanao Regional Office on January 19, 2014 held at the BDA Central Mindanao Regional Office, Jasmine Street, RH-6, Cotabato City.  “Organizations, individuals, and some medical practitioners joined the activity,” the

CSO’s Call for Continuing Support to the GPH-MILF Peace Process

By Farida P. Dalandan COTABATO City (February 7, 2014) – The Mindanao Alliance for Peace (MAP) and Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organizations (CBCS) jointly conducted a press conference at the El Comedor Restaurant, Cotabato City on January 29, 2014 after the “thanksgiving” ceremony at the Cotabato City Plaza by the CBCS at 6:00 A.M.

Migs Zubiri: I’m quitting politics

Former Senator and 3-term Bukidnon congressman Juan Miguel “Migs” Zubiri says he is quitting politics and will now just devote his time on being a businessman. Zubiri, who served as Bukidnon 3rd District representative for 3 consecutive terms and became Senate Majority Leader, recently launched a business venture in Bukidnon. …

Menovu and Maguindanaon Leaders of Southern Bukidnon Mark Kinship Revival

By Mike Kulat, CBCS Admin Officer DANGCAGAN, Bukidnon (January 24, 2014) – Around one hundred key leaders of the Menovu and Maguindanaon tribal leaders of Southern Bukidnon and North Cotabato in an assembly tagged as Bagkes Kedsusuled Ne Kevuronan”  (Assembly for Binding Brotherhood) held at the Lucky 9 Resort, Dangcagan, Bukidnon on January 14 –

PhD in Rural Development Students Forms Organization

By Anwar Z. Saluwang COTABATO City (January 22, 2014) – The Students of Doctor of Philosophy in Rural Development (PhD RD) of the Cotabato City Foundation for College of Science and Technology (CFCST), Doroloman, Arakan, Cotabato established the “Bangsamoro Association for Rural Development (BARD).” “The decision was made after the series of brainstorming meetings and

Women Affairs Committee (WAC) Crafts 1-Year Plan

By Fatima E. Sapalon COTABATO City (January 19, 2014) – The National Chapter of the Women Affairs Committee (WAC) of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD), Inc. successfully crafted a 1-year Plan (2014-2015) last December 27, 2013 at the UNYPAD National office, Purok Pinen, Rosales St., RH-6, Cotabato City. In her opening statement,

Focus Group Discussion on FAB held

By Zainab A. Tagbo COTABATO City (January 18, 2014) – Dr George Baylon, a researcher and professor in the National University of Singapore, conducted a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) with women on Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) at the United Youth for Peace and Development national office last January 10, 2014. The discussion focused

KFI takes part in International Anti-Trafficking Day celebration in Buluan

STOP TRAFFICKING. Racquel Guiapal of Anak Kawagib puts finishing touches to her entry in poster making contest.

STOP TRAFFICKING. Racquel Guiapal of Anak Kawagib puts finishing touches to her entry in poster making contest.

The Kadtuntaya Foundation, Inc. (KFI), through its Gender Justice and Advocacy for Children’s Rights Program, took part in the province-wide celebration of International Anti-Trafficking Day held in Buluan, Maguindanao Province on December 11-12, 2013.

Organized by Maguindanao Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point s of System in coordination with the Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW) and Department of Social Welfare and Development-ARMM, the activity was generally in support and celebration of RA 10364, otherwise known as Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Person Act of 2012 or An Act to Institute Policies to Eliminate Trafficking in Person especially Women and Children.

Maguindanao, according to latest surveys, is one of the provinces in the country with high and alarming cases of human trafficking.

The morning of December 11 was spent on orientation sessions on RA 10364 and on RA 9208 or Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act of 2014. Sittie Jehanne Mutin, RCBW chairperson, lectured on the rights of women and children under RA 9208 while Akrima Ante, program coordinator of KFI’s Advocacy for Children’s Rights and the youth organization Anak Kawagib, served as resource persons for RA 10364.

A poster-making contest and focus group discussions on interventions against child-and human trafficking were also conducted in the afternoon.

On December 12, guests and participants were treated to a photo exhibit entitled Kusidsa sa Pawas (Harvest in the Marsh) and a theatre piece on child trafficking by Anak Kawagib at the Buluan municipal gym, together with a film viewing and a testimony on human trafficking.