PeaceKwela soared across Misamis Oriental through mobile visits in all the Province’s municipalities. The mobile visits form prerequisite of the culminating event held last October 26 at Mapawa Nature Park in Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City.

Upon being part of the only three selected teams in the Philippines to partake in Facebook’s Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Global Challenge, PeaceKwela shared its advocacy province-wide, making peace fun!

With the current youth’s involvement in violent extremism, hope is placed in the municipalities’ young civic-minded citizens—youth leaders. And so, the project targeted the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chairpersons from the municipalities of: Lugait, Manticao, Naawan, Initao, Libertad, Gitagum, Laguindingan, Alubijid, El Salvador, Opol, Tagoloan, Villanueva, Jasaan, Balingasag, Lagonglong, Salay, Binuangan, Sugbungcogon, Kinoguitan, Balingoan, Talisayan, Medina, Gingoog, and Magsaysay.

A brief summary of the program was discussed in all the municipalities, as well as short forums on the community’s current dealings with violent extremism, and the Philippine Executive Order No. 70: INSTITUTIONALIZING THE WHOLE-OF-NATION APPROACH IN ATTAINING INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE PEACE, CREATING A NATIONAL TASK FORCE TO END LOCAL COMMUNIST ARMED CONFLICT, AND DIRECTING THE ADOPTION OF A NATIONAL PEACE FRAMEWORK.

After the discussions, a paper-crane-making activity was held, inspired by the Japanese legend that goes after having completed a thousand paper cranes, a wish can be made. In this case, the community’s wish would be “Peace in Mindanao”. The paper cranes from each municipality were collected on the culmination day (boot camp) in preparation for the paper crane exhibit in Centrio Ayala Mall this coming 14th of November.

A variety of team-building activities wrapped the boot camp. In between games, a short discussion on community peace situations was moderated by the current PeaceKwela project head, John Carcosia. Before the final activity, a talk on positive messaging and is influence was then explored by the current XUCA Development Communication department chair, Rechelle Anne Barraquias.

Opening its eyes, ears, mouth, and arms, PeaceKwela advocates Peace with enthusiasm to the Youth of Mindanao. In pertinence to the boot camp’s influential and effective prowess in peace implementation among its participants, Provincial SK Federation President Kerwin Soldevilla openly stated that: “This activity helps us to divert the attention of our youth, not to be involved in any extremist group”.

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