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Organization: Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute, GZO Peace Institute
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

Yes there has been progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence during the said period.  GZO Peace Institute works with peace partners in the provincial and community levels all over the Philippines and progress has been observed in the proliferation of culture of peace workshops that is being conducted by our partners with their member communities, especially in Mindanao.  This also includes conducting culture of peace workshops with local government officials and members of the armed forces.

An increasing number of requests for us to conduct a workshop on peace or culture of peace is also a concrete indicator of heightened awareness and need of people of this topic.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

The prevailing culture of power through the use of guns and violence poses a great obstacle.  This pervades in the psyche and is being reinforced by irresponsible media reporting and portrayals of events.
Moreover, the customary practice of indifference to violence when not directly hit is widespread.  Apathy is counter-culture to peace

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

1.  Peace with self:  GZO Peace Institute established a program on taking care of the peace workers in 2001 up to the present through trainings on stress and crisis management for peace advocates.

2.  Starting in 2000, there is an annual celebration called the "Seasons of Remembering" (held every Jan-Feb & August-September) to promote awareness on issues regarding the Legacies of the Marcos Dictatorship. The GZO Peace Institute does this in partnership with the National Peace Conference.
In the past, we held fora and exhibits.  This year, we did a peace concert, proceeds of which went to the psycho-social assistance to the survivors of disaster caused by floods in northern Luzon.

3.  September was declared in the Philippines to be a Month of Peace.  In connection with this, we did the following in 2004:
3.1  convened a  Forum on the Gains and Challenges of Peacebuilding;
3.2  coordinated with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) in its poster making contest held nationwide
3.3  produced peace flags and peace buttons

4.  inter-ethnic peace and leadership:  conducted a workshop on peace for the Bangsamoro youths in its Successor Generation Program for Transformative Leadership, February, 2005.

5.  psycho-social assistance to survivors of disaster:  Conducted community debriefing starting January 2005 - up to the present in Quezon province

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

Continue initiative on civil society participation and partnership with the UN on conflict prevention and transformation

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

o GPPAC
o SouthEast Asian Studies Network (SEACSN)
o National Peace Conference
o Mindanao Solidarity Network
o Mindanao Peaceweavers
o Peace Education Network
o Philansa
o SULONG CARHRIHL

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

Work more with local peace zones

Postal address of organization

2/F Cardinal Hoeffner Building, Social Development Complex
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights 1108, Quezon City
M.M. Philippines

E-mail address of organization

gzopeace@admu.edu.ph

Website address of organization

www.justpeace.net.ph

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Democratic participation  - specifically on citizens participation and support on the peace process

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a culture of peace (partciularly on capability-building for peace advocates)

Highest priority country of action (or international)

National

Second priority country of action (or international)

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