By: Jordan Talusob
SIMUAY, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (May 27, 2015) — The United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD) conducted a Peace Forum with theme, “From Boarders to Bridges: Efforts for Inclusive Peace” on May 22, 2015 at the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) Training Center, Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies students led by Christine Sumog-uy, a Filipina that used to be a Technical Consultant of the UNYPAD, who are peace advocates from India, Colombia and United States have shared inputs about their own perspectives and experiences in their communities, respectively.
Moksing Pada, staff of the UNYPAD national committee on Campaign and Advocacy, disclosed that the first presenter, Asaias Guerrero of Colombia, discussed the topic entitled “Undocumented and Unafraid from Pain to Power” that tackled immigrants’ Rights and struggle in the United States of America.
He also said that Shilpi Shabdita from India discussed the “Protracted Conflict in Jammu and Kashmir, the Unravelling Competing Identities,” and Jenna Knapp from the United States presented a topic “War in Peacetime El Salvador: Pitfalls of a Punitive Peace.”
Having grasped the Bangsamoro situations in relation to its struggle for right to self-determination, Knapp recommended the followings: to continue to resist corporate interest; Keep pursuing justice, changing narrative; to seek restorative, not punitive justice; youth involvement in decision making, and employment of active efforts against extremism.
Morsidin Husain, UNYPAD national secretary on Health and Disaster Action, gave input on Bangsamoro Situation.
“Morsidin really emphasized in his very concise yet informative presentation the complexity of the Bangsamoro problem in Mindanao,” Saada Sampayan, national vice Chairwoman for Internal Affairs of the Women Affairs Committee (WAC) of UNYPAD, said.
UNYPAD WAC Chair Baisanie Macabuat said that the forum will help bring the Bangsamoro issues to International Communities.
In his message, UNYPAD President Dr Rahib Kudto extended his heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the speakers for having shared their experiences in their own countries with the participants, and for having made some recommendations on how Bangsamoro people will move forward towards the achievement of justice, peace and development in the region.
The participants of the forum were coming from the Moro Women Development and Cultural Center (MWDECC), Mindanao Action for Peace and Development Initiatives (MAPAD Initiatives) and National Chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development.