Last November 10-16, 2016, a delegation of Colombian IP leaders went to the Philippines on a learning exchange visit and interacted with a broad mix of audience and policy institutions. This exchange trip was born out of an interest to compare and possibly learn from similar experiences in two of the main peace processes between the FARC and the Government of Colombia, and the one between the CPP/NDF/NPA and the Philippine Government (GRP).
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“Civilian participation in the peace process” has been a core mantra of the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) for more than fifteen (15) years already. And there have been inroads as regards the meaningful participation of communities and civil society in its engagement with the key actors and the peace process through its peacebuilding and peoples’ solidarity discourse.
Davao City launches multi-sectoral action on September 21, International Day of Peace. Part of the event was the “Barug Dabaw, Barug Kalinaw” silent march and tribute for peace and honoring all victims of violence, past to present.
Gus Miclat, of Initiatives for International Dialogue and GPPAC Southeast Asia, talks about the value of a global network of locals such as the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC).
In part an expression of solidarity with the victims of the Roxas bombing, Gus Miclat of the Initiatives for Internationl Dialogue helped local groups organize the “Barug Dabaw: Barug Kalinaw” International Day of Peace observance in Davao City last September 21. Davao City’s history of dealing with violent acts and attacks from the past (Martial Law) to the present (Roxas bombing), served as the backdrop in showing the world Davao’s resiliency and continuing desire for peace. A combination silent-march, solidarity dinner with the vendor community of Roxas and the “Huni sa Kalinaw” peace concert capped the one-day event.
The Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) is a Philippines-based advocacy institution promoting human security, democratization and people-to-people solidarity.
IID conducts policy advocacy and campaign programs on Burma, Mindanao, Southern Thailand, West Papua, and East Timor.