Peace partners across the country are showing support this September through various online discussions and dialogues, as part of the International Peace Day 2020 celebration. Equal Access International Philippines is leading the #HowIBuildPeace global campaign along with fourteen (14) countries with EAI presence, including Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad,  Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mali, Nepal, Niger,…

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The month of August was a celebration of individuals who play key roles in this generation – the youth and the humanitarian workers or our #RealLifeHeroes. The International Youth Day on August 12 and the World Humanitarian Day on August 19 were both celebrated, albeit more virtually, around the globe. This year’s theme of the…

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Amid COVID-19, youth organizations, government agencies and civil society organizations in SOCCSKSARGEN took part in the discussion centered on peacebuilding and the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 2020 in three separate awareness seminars in July and August, 2020. Equal Access International-Philippines (EAI-PH) Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Manager Tommy Pangcoga, who is currently based in the…

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The City of Golden Friendship made a mark to end discrimination after the city council of Cagayan de Oro approved the Equality and Diversity Ordinance on August 10, 2020.  It can be recalled that the Technical Working Group (TWG) of which Equal Access International-Philippines is a part of, first convened in September 2019 to create…

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In an effort to connect young peace influencers together during this pandemic, Equal Access International-Philippines (EAI-PH) launched its Alumni Online Kamustahan- a series of webinars geared for the alumni community to share recent developments and new ideas they are working on during the quarantine period.  On July 25, 2020, the first online session focused on…

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Various discussions on the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 2020 had been surfacing online even before President Rodrigo Duterte signed it into law on July 3, 2020. While information-sharing in the digital space was widely visible, Equal Access International-Philippines (EAI-PH), took the opportunity to also amplify the discussion through the traditional media platforms. Towards the end…

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After 11 months of hard work and collaboration, 11 young leaders from Mindanao have completed the first Peace Promotion Fellowship (PPF) program of Equal Access International-Philippines (EAI-PH). Leading youth development agencies in the country such as the Bangsamoro Youth Commission (BYC), National Youth Commission (NYC), and the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) of the…

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One of the four functions of the OURmindaNOW messaging hub is the ‘information ecosystem’ among and within its regional nodes. Its potential to form a referral pathway mechanism was again proven during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.  It can be recalled that on July 7, 2020, 414 Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) from Manila bound for…

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The challenge brought by the pandemic is still not over. Despite this seemingly insurmountable challenge, more and more individuals have come up with plans to reach communities most vulnerable to the coronavirus and the plaguing economic consequences it brings. In an unexpected shift of the Peace Promotion Fellowship (PPF) Program of the Equal Access International…

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While the world tries to battle a pandemic, our peace fellows rose up to the call- whether through working in the frontlines or planting vegetables in the backyard. Equal Access International Philippines conducted a series of PPF e-Kamustahan sessions with the first cohort of Peace Promotion Fellows (PPF) all over Mindanao. The online kamustahan served…

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