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PIA Press Release
2009/10/31

SLCB launches peace building institute in Kalinga

by Peter A. Balocnit

Tabuk, Kalinga (31 October) -- Efforts to tame peace in Kalinga is gaining headway with the institutionalization of programs both by government and the private sector to look into lasting solutions on problems that keep blocking the development process of the province.

The Saint Louis College of Bulanao - Cultural Heritage Research Center (SLCB-CHRC) in partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) recently launched the Ka-ili-yan Peace Building Institute aimed to educate peacemakers on the art of peacemaking.

Errick Lopez, representative of OPAPP that funded the launching program and the conduct of a three-day workshop on "trauma healing and reconciliation", told participants that government will continue to support local initiatives that aim to promote peace and development.

The Kalinga Institute for Peace (KIP) is a school where one can be trained to become an effective peacemaker from a regular module of classes.

Bishop Prudencio Andaya Jr., Apostolic Vicar of Tabuk said invited during the launching on October 26 at the Tabuk Pastoral Center are the bereaved and the aggrieved to enable them to become peacemakers. "It is more effective to work for peace if the one that reaches out are the very ones who were wounded and hurt", he said.

"We look at others as the enemies of peace but forget that somehow within us is a surge of restlessness, anger and hostility", Andaya said adding that there is a need to confront this onflict within ourselves in order to work for peace.

Since the foundation of the Peacemakers Movement of Kalinga (PMK) in 2004, the group always wanted to avert the possibility of revenge and try to re-channel deep-seated hurts and anger to more pro-active attitudes that are embodied in the values of forgiveness and healing.

Governor Floydelia Diasen once said "the only way to peace is to have a place of our enemies in our hearts". At present, the provincial local government unit (LGU) is conducting peace summits in the municipalities and come out with recommendations for incorporation in local peace initiatives.

In partnership with PMK, LGUs, OPAPP, Inter-Faith Commission for the Culture of Non-Violence, AKAP-KA Foundation, Miriam College Center for Peace, and CARITAS International - the Kalinga Institute for Peace shall conduct training on principles of peace building; practice of non-violence; skills in mediation and reconciliation; guidance and counseling, conflict management.

"We would like to join hands and be partner to all peace advocates". Bishop Andaya who is also the president of SLCB said. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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