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PIA Press Release
2008/08/15

Peacetech to hold video-conferencing for peace

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (15 August) -- To promote peace and solidarity among Muslims and Christians, a non-government organization is tapping young Muslims and Christians in the city as peace ambassadors.

Peacetech Inc Baguio team member Imam Bedejim Abdullah said they will be conducting series of workshops for the participants who are called local peace ambassdadors in preparation for a "live" video-conference with their counterparts from Cotabato City. This teleconferencing, which will be held at the Baguio Convention Center, on August 29 is open to the public..

Abdullah in the radio interview said the objective of Peacetech is to promote solidarity, to reduce ignorance and to limit, to some extent, conflict. He informed that workshops' theme is "embracing diversity" to focus mainly on Christian and Muslim relations. He informed that they now have 37 peace ambassadors/participants.

According to Abdullah, this is now the third of the series leg of workshops. The first carried the theme "understanding peace/conflict and building a culture of peace", while the second one was "Islam/Christianity as a religion of peace". He is also inviting the public to witness and observe their workshops at the Buddhist temple this Sunday and at UP Baguio on August 24.

Peacetech project manager Meg Villanueva explained that in a wider scope, they want to unite the young people of the world starting it in our home country. She added that Peacetech started in 2006, and they decided to tackle Muslim and non-muslim relation this year because of the presence of prejudice/discrimination among muslim and non-muslim youths. Another reason she mentioned was the existing armed conflict in Mindanao.

Villanueva also explained that video-conferencing is not a new technology, though what is unique for Peacetech is that they are using video-teleconferencing for peace building. She added that in 2006, they held six video-teleconferencing, focusing on different issues, like armed conflict, children's right, IP's, women, gender and poverty.

Villanueva added that Peacetech has now three teleconferencing venues in the country namely: Baguio City-Cotabato City, Bacolod City-Davao City and MM-Zamboanga City.

Villanueva also mentioned that Peacetech have already expanded internationally, they are now partnered with Wahid Institute in Indonesia, and in 2009 they have scheduled two international video-conference, one between Davao and Surabaya, Indonesia and another one between Metro Manila and Jakarta. (PIA) [top]

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