Category Archives: peacebuilding

PEACETALK: Contextualizing Reference points for looking at the effectivity and impact of Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) programs

This article discusses the different reference points that may be used to look at the impact and effectivity of PCVE programs in the Philippines that are implemented by state and non-state actors. The discussion revolves around how one can use reference points to understand the depth and effectivity of these programs to the actors involved […]

PEACETALK: Addressing Violent extremism within the Southeast Asian context

This discussion note describes the phenomenon of Violent extremism and its impact on Southeast Asia, as well as how the process of Islamization in southeast Asia happens. Using the paradigm of how the context of Islamization of the Southeast Asian, the author uses this paradigm as the operating mechanism on how Southeast Asian countries can […]

OUR MARAWI: Building a better and stronger Marawi City from the ashes of war

Last of five parts: Governance Reforms and Peacebuilding 11 Nov 2017 V. Governance Reforms The extreme urgency, complexity and enormity of the needs emanating   from the current emergency in Marawi City warrant a strong governance or management system to deal with the herculean tasks of pacifying the affected families and residents, alleviating the socioeconomic sufferings, […]

OUR MARAWI: Building a better and stronger Marawi City from the ashes of war

1st of five parts 07 November 2017  Introduction The recent announcement by President Rodrigo Duterte of the liberation of Marawi City from the combined forces of the ISIS-inspired Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf Group (MG-ASG) was widely welcomed nationally and internationally. The defeat or decimation of the said terrorist groups was achieved by the Armed […]

COMMENTARY: Ayaw niyo? Aid(i) huwag niyo!

I’m all for asserting our independence in all aspects of our national life, and in how we interact with the international community to advance Filipino interests and the common good. From this perspective, the President’s recent decision to turn down European aid could prove to be a major milestone. Or not. Secretary Ernesto Abella, Presidential […]

PEACE TALK. Prof. Rufa Cagoco-Guiam: “A more inclusive world after a long armed conflict”

Prof. Rufa Cagoco-Guiam made history in the early 1990s as the first  — and thus far, only — Moro woman editor in chief of the country’s longest running Catholic newspaper, The Mindanao Cross, in Cotabato City. Guiam, however, was not just editing the paper from 1991 to 1995 while teaching Anthropology at the Notre Dame […]

PEACETALK:  Cancelled peace talks is not the end of our pursuit to peace

(Speech of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus G. Dureza at the Army Governance Forum on 7 February 2017 in Fort Bonifactio, Taguig City) Men and women of valor, we now stand at a time when we, thus far, face the toughest hurdle in our peace and development roadmap. Over the weekend, President Duterte […]