By Yusoph S. Lumambas
COTABATO City (October 29, 2014) – Youth leaders in the Philippines attended the convention of Generation Peace Network (GenPeace) held on October 23-26, 2014 at Regency Inn, Davao City.
The activity was dubbed as “Peace youth conversations; our contributions to Peace”.
The participants were coming from different regions in the Philippines: Cordillera, National Capital Region (NCR), central, northern and western Visayas regions, CARAGA, Bukidnon province, Davao region; central, northern and western Mindanao regions and Zamboanga peninsula.
The highlights of the program was an input of Undersecretary Chito Gascon on current status of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace process.
In his privilege speech, Anwar Upahm, a youth leader in Mindanao, said, “we are very thankful to our non- Muslim partners for advocating the issue of the Bangsamoro.”
“The milestone that has been achieved by the GenPeace network is through the cooperative effort of all its members,” he added.
“It has to be admitted however that, in the early stage of our GenPeace network, we faced many challenges in handling our differences in terms of understanding certain issues,” Upahm, also a former national coordinator of Genpeace network, further said.
Participants from Visayas, Luzon and those organizations in Universities and Colleges expressed their willingness to support peace process through advocating essence of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.
The convention was able to come-up with doable strategic plan to continue the noble purpose of the network.
The GenPeace Network convention was supported by the Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute (GZO), the Royal Norwegian Embassy and UNDP.