“INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (YOUTH UNITE 2.0)” in Bangkok, Thailand.

I was blessed and lucky that I am the representative of my country for this prestigious event. At first, I was hesitant to accept the invitation. When my Executive Director told me that I would be representing our organization for this event and most especially it will be held in “Thailand”. when I heard that, my heart beat faster. I don’t know what I felt on that day, I guess it’s a mixed feeling of shocked, excitement and nervous. Shocked because it was a short notice its just 4 days before the event. Excitement because I will meet knew friends, new learning’s from different countries and off course I get to go to Thailand although its not my first time. Nervous because I don’t have a clue if what is the main agenda of the event. All I know is that there are youth representative from different countries.

But despite of the feelings I felt before, when I met the other representative from Philippines, in just an hour we click each other. We had different characteristics and style but we had one in common we are the PEACE Advocates in our place of origin. I am so thankful for Dallah, Princess Jurfaidah and Ate Ayyi for the fantastic bonding, new friendship and new experienced, we know that its just a short days but we will keep in touch when we go back to our places and continue to share what we’ve learned in the Youth Unite 2.0.

Philippine Team (New Friends)

Philippine Team (New Friends)

Preparing for the Country Presentation

Preparing for the Country Presentation

Youth Unite 2.0 it’s a wonderful experienced. It is not stressful; all participants are free and not forced to share what’s on our mind, opinion, thoughts during the discussion. Every discussion is interesting and language barrier is not a problem.

In Youth Conference I gained more knowledge on the different context of each country. I’ve learned that there are still countries that are not opened minded of what’s new in our society and there are countries that the rights of women are still not addressed. In the Philippines it’s been consistent in its effort to achieve equality between men and women. We have adopted laws that protect women against domestic violence, action plans that support gender mainstreaming, and we continue to take specific measures to improve the actual situation of women.

What I like in this event is how we explored labels, identities, stereotype and diversity because I really dislike how we have all grown up to know and believe gender stereotypes of both women and men. It’s 2015 and the fact that I still hear things like “that’s only for girls” or “only guys can do that” make me so irritated and upset. I don’t think gender should determine what you can and can’t do.

People are far too complex to be hindered by such labels. Women can be bigger providers then men all they want. Women can be muscular and athletic. Women don’t need to have a family. Men can nurture. Men can be stay at home as dad’s. Men don’t need to be macho alpha males. Life’s too short not to do what you want.

For me, the highlight of the event is when we had a cooking challenge, there so many stereotypes that we broke. Like “Cooking is the work of women not men.” Well in our group we had 1 man he is from Afghanistan and in their place Men is not doing what women do like cooking so he don’t know how to cook even doing market. But in our challenge he has no hesitation to help us, he volunteered his self-if what can he do. After the challenge I asked him what is the feeling? He just told me that he learned so many things and he is very happy that we had a challenge like that. The learning’s for this challenge is the equality of everyone. There is no such thing that men can’t do what women can do and viz-a-viz.

Cooking Challenge (Breaking the Stereotype)

Cooking Challenge (Breaking the Stereotype)

"its my First time to cook", some members shared their experience.

“its my First time to cook”, some members shared their experience.

I think the most important learning’s for this event is to VALUE and RESPECT each other’s unique IDENTITIES.

Lastly, Big thank you to the Facilitators who shared their expertise and knowledge, to the coordinator of the event Ms. Praew who exerted her effort to handle us and lastly to my new friends from different country (Afghanistan, Lebanon, Jordan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh) thank you for sharing your experiences and new friendship. See you all in FACEBOOK:) hehehehe

Delegates From 7 countries

Delegates From 7 countries

Group Picture for remembrance

Group Picture for remembrance

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Food and None Food Items Distribution to the IDP’s in Maguindanao

Province of Maguindanao:

On/about 25 February 2015, Armed Forces (AFP) Chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang ordered an all-out offensive against the BIFF. Gen. Catapang issued his order amid fighting between the MILF and BIFF, which broke out in Pagalungan town in Maguindanao about two weeks ago. IDPs from the municipality of Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao IDPs from the municipality of Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao

259 Families from Brgy. Ganta to Datu Piang/ Rajah Buayan

185 Families from Brgy. Inaladan to Brgy. Pagatin

295 Families from Brgy. Kilay to Brgy. Nabundas

279 Families from Brgy. Bakat to Brgy. Nabundas

53 Families from Brgy. Pikeg to Brgy. Kuloy, Shariff Aguak

275 Families from Brgy. Pikeg to Brgy. Kitango, Datu Saudi

485 Families from Brgy. Pamalian to Brgy. Timbangan

298 Families from Brgy. Pusao to Brgy. Timbangan

351 Families from Brgy. Tapikan to Four (4) Evacuation Center/School

105 Families from Brgy. Malingao to Brgy. Dugangen

166 Families from Brgy. Lapok to Brgy. Dugangen

57 Families from Brgy. Balong to Brgy. Dugangen

IDPs from the municipality of Mamasapano, Maguindanao hosted by the municipality of Rajah Buayan, Maguindanao. (source: Rajah Buayan MDRRMO Kuzbari L. Ampatuan)

141 Families evacuated at Sitio Menang School Bldg. & in the Residential Compound of Brgy. Kagawad Samir.

103 Families evacuated at the Residential Compound of former Brgy. Chairman Blacky Dagandal and Madrasa.

With this, UnYPhil-Women with our partners UNHCR, Lutheran World Relief, Mahintana Foundation, Mindanao Convergence of NGO’s for Social Protection (MinConSP) joint forces for the Relief operation in several Evacuation Center in Maguindanao.

Intervention conducted by UnYPhil-women with partners;

Date Activity Kind of Unit Numbers of Families Served Evacuation Center Status Partners
March 27, 2015 Distribution of Rice Packed of Rice 1,400 Mahad Libutan

Barangay Liab

Mahad Kitango

Done MinConSP
March 27, 2015 Supplemental Feeding and Psychosocial Value Meal

Zest-o

Mineral water

Bread

2,000 Children Mahad Libutan

Libutan Elementary School

Done BALAY Rehabilitaion
April 2, 2015 Distribution of NFI Plastic Roll

Mat

Mosquito Net

Blankets

Hygiene Kit

265 Families

170 IPs

95 Moro

Barnagay Ahan, Guindulungan Maguindanao Done UNHCR
April 7, 2015 Distribution of NFI Plastic Roll

Mat

Mosquito Net

Blankets

Hygiene Kit

230 Families (IPs) Barangay Datalpan, Guindulungan Maguindanao Done UNHCR
April 11, 2015 NFI

Food item

Plastic Mat

Hygiene kit

Trapal

Mosquito Net

Rope

Plastic Pale

10 kls of rice

5 kls of monggo beans

1 Ltr. Oil

1 klo. Sugar

4 packs of Bear Brand (Adults)

40 cans of Sardines

10 cans of corn beef

6 cans of Tropical Fruit

1,318 Manggahan, Talayan E.C

Barangay Ahan, Datalpanda, muslim e.c, Guindulungan

Mahad Kitango

Brgy. Tulunan (Dam)

done In coordination with the LGU

Lutheran World Relief

Mahintana

MDFI

MinConSP

April 13, 2015 NFI

Promotion of Community awareness on Personal Health and Sanitation

8 boxes (72 pcs per box)

17 boxes (72 pcs per box)

36 boxes (72 pcs per box)

22 boxes (72 pcs per box)

134

307

645

400

Mahad Libutan

Mahad Libutan

Brgy. Pusao Post 1 2 3,

Dabenayan

Done OXFAM
April 14, 2015 NFI Blankets

Mosquito net

Plastic mat

trapal

144 Alunganen, Datu Piang UNHCR
April 15, 2015 HFI Hygiene Kit 145 –

110 –

Katibpuan

Nubundas

Done UNHCR
April 16,2015 NFI Hygiene Kits 150-

120-

Talitay

DAM

Done UNHCR
April 16, 2015 NFI Latrines kits 4 latrines

7 latrines

4 latrines

Mahad Libutan

Pusao

Dabenayan

Done OXFAM

LET NOT THE GPH-MILF PEACE PROCESS BE A CASUALTY OF THE MAMASAPANO INCIDENT

Tragic and horrific as the Mamasapano Incident was, it indeed made us sad and even mad. With the large number of lost lives of troops of the PNP Special Action Force, Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and including civilians and a five-year old girl.

Thus, we convey our sympathy to the bereaved families of those who were killed on January 25, 2015 in a tragedy that could have been easily obviated had there been a prior coordination by the PNP-SAF with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the PNP assigned in the area as well as with the BIAF guerillas who are natives of the place.

Yet, we find it as tragic and horrific the call of some quarters for an all-out war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) or, at least, for the delay of the deliberation on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that is now pending in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

We strongly believe that war should not be an option. War will inevitably result to more unnecessary deaths and irreparable damage to properties. Who will suffer most the brunt of war but the elderly, the women and the children.

Against this backdrop, these are our pleas, to wit:

  • For the GPH and the MILF to view the Mamasapano Incident more as a reason to push persistently the Peace Process than a stumbling block;
  • For the International Monitoring Team (IMT) to conduct an impartial investigation on the incident to ferret out the truth;
  • For our honorable senators and congressmen to immediately pass the BBL into law without mangling its provisions but, instead, keeping them as faithful as it can be to the letter and spirit of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro;
  • For the media not to engage in sensationalism by referring, for instance, to the killing of the PNP-SAF members as ‘massacre’ given the fact that they fought it out as much as they could but it just so happened that they were overcome by the superior force of the BIAF guerillas, and
  • For all peace-loving people to rally behind and not let our trust to the GPH-MILF Peace Process be eroded by the unfortunate incident.

YES TO PEACE! NO TO ALL-OUT WAR!

United Youth of the Philippines-Women

Monitoring Report: Encounter between PNP-SAF Vs BIFF and MILF

Activity:    Protection Monitoring

Date:         January 25, 2015

Location:  Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano Maguindanao

Background:

On January 25, 2015 at around 5:00 in the morning, Philippine National Police -Special Action Forces (PNP-SAF) were clash between 105th Base Command of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at Barangay Tukanalipao Mamasapano, Maguindanao that resulted forcibly displacement hundreds of families. The PNP-SAF operation in that area is to serve warrants of arrest for Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir, known as Marwan and Basit Usman of Jemaah Islamiyah but unfortunately, clash was occur because of no coordination to the local government and MILF group in the area. Marwan’s capture carries a $5-million bounty for his terror attacks, which have also earned him a spot in the most wanted terror list of the FBI.

Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) under Commander Guiawan was also involved in the firefight. BIFF’s 1st Brigade intercepted the reinforcement from the military at around 9 a.m. and they recovered at least 10 rifles.

Current Situation:

The affected families is around 560 household that evacuated in Barangay Pimblakan, Tuka, Dasikil, Pidsandawan, Tukanalipo Mamasapano. Some IDP’s are home based while others are staying in evacuation center like Szopad and market “Talipapa” in Tukanalipo and others are make a shift tent along the road.

The table below shows the numbers of IDP’s.

Internally Displaced People
No. Present Location No. of families No. of persons Place of Origin
1 Barangay Pimbalakan 234 937
2 Barangay Tukanalipao 202 809
3 Barangay Pidsandawan 62 233
4 Barangay Dasikil 30 123
5 Barangay Tuka 32 134
Over all Total 560 2,236  

Source: Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (January 26, 2015)

As of date, there are 43 members PNP-SAF were killed while 8 fighters in MILF group. The military are ongoing conducting retrieval operation in the area because of some PNP-SAF members are missing. There 3 injured civilians coming from Barangay Tukanalipao were admitted to Cotabato Regional Medical Center which one of them is minor age.

The table below shows the casualties and injured persons:

Injured Person
1 Tot Pananggulang Father Brgy. Tukanalipao
2 Samra Kansi S. Pananggulang Mother Brgy. Tukanalipao
3 Sara Pananggulang Daughter Brgy. Tukanalipao

Source: Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (January 26, 2015)

During the monitoring, local government were not given a permit to go to the IDP’s location because of ongoing retrieval and clearing operation of military. According to Maced T. Abdullah, Al-hadj of MDRRMO that some IDP’s are already returned to their place of origin on January 26, 2015 especially those indirect affected barangay of conflict.

Other related issue:

The incident might affect the ongoing peace process of MILF and GPH which currently on stage of public hearing by senate and congress on the Bangsamoro Basic law. Congress hearings on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law were postponed on Monday after the incident.

Protection issues:

  1. Lacking data on returnees IDP’s and situation of IDP’s in evacuation centers. Some families were already returned to their place of origin without consent of the local government unit.
  2. 1 minor girl was victim of Grave child rights violation particularly maiming.
  3. No response on the immediate needs of affected families like foods and NFI.
  4. 43 PNP-SAF members were killed and 8 members coming from MIFL group. There are still missing on the members of PNP-SAF.
  5. Unstable condition in the area because of on-going clearing operation by military that may cause of fear to the civilian.
  6. The Corn farming of the IDP’s was affected most particularly in Barangay Tukanalipao which the incident happened.

Response/Interventions:

  • MDRRMO and ARMM-heart were conducted IDP’s assessment on January 25, 2015.
  • The Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities facilitated the request of the PNP to retrieve their casualties but unfortunately many were not able to survive because they were not evacuated immediately.
  • Emergency meeting of Municipal local government unit with Tingting Cujuangco regarding on the situation of affected areas and to resolve the conflict.
  • Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina flew to Maguindanao to meet with Cabinet secretaries and military officials to look into the deadly incident.

Recommendation:

  • The local government should secure and facilitate the voluntary returning of the IDP’s.
  • Close monitoring on the situation of affected families.
  • The civilian casualties in CRMC should be facilitated by the LGU most especially on their financial expenses.
  • Lobbying on IDP’s needs from state and non sate actor.

 

Prepared by:

United Youth of the Philippines-Women

GIZ-CPS and UnYPhil-Women conducts joint Strategic Planning workshop

aCOTABATO CITY: May 23, 2014 GIZ-Civil Peace Service and UnYPhil-Women (United Youth of the Philippines-Women) conducted a joint Strategic Planning workshop facilitated by Esther Scharf of GIZ-Civil Peace Service, Advisor of Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao (IPDM), Mindanao State University, Iligan City.

The workshop aimed to review identified goals of cooperation between UnYPhil-Women and GIZ-Civil Peace Service, discuss and develop a joint strategic plan for 2014 to 2015 and the roles and responsibilities of the each organization and personnel, and lastly to discuss procedures and mechanism for cooperation.

The cooperation between UnYPhil-Women and GIZ-Civil Peace Service started in 2012 up to date to contribute on the meaningful participation of women on the Bangsamoro peace process and constructive involvement of civil society organization specifically on the following overall objectives:

  • People (especially LGU, women and youth) in the Bangsamoro core territory and adjacent areas discuss controversial topics (especially gender related issues) in the context of the Bangsamoro Peace Process in adequate public spaces for dialogue and information sharing. They know causes and consequences of the conflict, are informed about the progress ancd challenges in the peace process, and are familiar with possible non-violent resolutions of emergent conflicts.
  • Civil society and state institutions/organizations (mainly in the future Bangsamoro and adjacent areas) actively engage in the transition process towards the autonomous region of Bangsamoro and implement projects in conflict and gender sensitive way.

GIZ-CPS is German Development Corporation funded by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). That seconds peace and conflict consultants to both local civil society organization and state institutions to advance the interests of marginalized and underrepresented groups.

The participants from GIZ-Civil Peace Service were Dr. Matthias Osterle, Program Coordinator, Raife Janke CPS International Expert/Peacebuilbding and gender adviser of UnYPhil-Women and from UnyPhil-Women includes Ms. Noraida Abo Executive Director, Hasna Adi-Advocacy Officer and CPS local counterpart, Frenz Laureta Research, Documentation, Publication and Information Officer, Rasol Pangansalan, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer/Field Coordinator, Sandra Abu Admin Officer, Maisalam Tahir Project Officer (Cordaid), Hunyn Abu Project Officer (Respect Education), (UNHCR), and Joelaida Juanday, Field Facilitator (MCPN).

By: Hasna Adi

UnYPhil-Women