Saturday, November 04, 2006

Bai Lawanen JCs are Mindanao's Best, No. 8 nationwide

Photo (in jeans): JCI Bai Lawanen Natcon Delegates with JCIP Natl. President JCI Sen. Ismael Penado during the 58th National Convention in Subic Bay, Olongapo City, Oct. 12-14, 2006 .

Photo (all in red) : Bai Lawanen Jaycees delegation headed by Pres. Gean Cesar receives the Top 8 Nationwide Award from Junior Chamber International Philippines President Ismael Penado during the JCIP 58th National Convention held in Subic Bay, Olongapo City October 12-14, 2006.

CAGAYAN de Oro City (MIKE BAÑOS / Nov 2) - The Bai Lawanen Jaycees of Cagayan de Oro were adjudged best LOM in Mindanao in the recently concluded 58th National Convention of the Junior Chamber International Philippines ( Worldwide Federation of Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs) held October 12-14, 2006 in Subic, Olongapo City, Philippines.

Besides being chosen best LOM among JCIP's chapters in Mindanao, the Bai Lawanen Jaycees also ranked eight nationwide.

Chapter President Gean Tulang-Cesar, expressed profound pride and joy with the Bai Lawanen Jacyees JCIPEA ranking. Other awards received by the Chapter included Recognition for Past President JCI Sen. Gigi O. Go (currently serving as President of Cartwheel Foundation) as Outstanding JCI Senator of the Year, and another recognition for the chapter's newsletter-
Kubing as 'Best Local Publication Award.

Besides Cesar, other Natcon delegates of the Bai Lawanen Jaycees included Pres. Incoming President Lorelei Pabillore, Past President Emma Tan, Sec. Gen. Joy Ranario and Comissioner Diana Adaza.

JCI Bai Lawanen will hold its Annual Turn-Over and Induction Ceremony on Dec. 16, 2006.
Outgoing President Gean Tulang-Cesar will turn-over the gavel to Incoming President Lorelei


Sunday, October 29, 2006

IMT, GRP-Milf peace panels visit Alagar: Peace? More talks have to be done, says panels

CAMP ALAGAR, Cagayan de Oro City (By BEN BALCE) ALTHOUGH “substantive gains” have been achieved in the negotiation on ancestral domain during the exploratory talks held in Kuala Lumpur, last September, still the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels including the International Monitoring Team (IMT) have acknowledged that “more work had to be done” to finally resolve and achieve peace in Mindanao, panels said yesterday.

The issue on ancestral domain was the main reason why the two conflicting parties result a deadlock during their resumed talks in Malaysia.

“More work have to be done by both parties at the same time a serious talks need to push as to finally resolve issues on ancestral domain,” said Northern Mindanao police head Police Chief Superintendent Florante Baguio.

Baguio met the International Monitoring Team 3 in Malaysia led by IMT head of mission Major General Dato MD Ismail Bin Ahmad Khan including the joint GRP-MILF committee on Cessation of Hostilities peace panels in a courtesy call at Camp Alagar, this city.

Baguio appreciated the role of Malaysia particularly Khan and the International Monitoring Team (IMT) in the ongoing talks between the GRP and the MILF.

“We are hoping that the issue on territorial dispute would be resolve soon with the help of the IMT,” Baguio said adding he is hoping that another round of talks be soon agreed by both parties so peace in Mindanao would be achieved.

“The roles and responsibilities of the IMT is to observe and monitor the implementation of cessation of hostilities, as well as the socioeconomic development of the agreements,” Baguio explained.

Meanwhile, Khan said that the IMT operations are carried out according to the specific role and responsibility it has been given.

Ahmad Khan also explained that they roles to both parties are: to conduct field verification and validate any reported violation; to coordinate closely with the Joint CCCH and LMT on the conduct of the field verification and validation of the reported violation; to report to the GRP-MILF Peace Panels its findings and assessment of the reported violation and to ensure that all reports are classified and treated accordingly.

“Malaysia is acting as a third international neutral party, is brokering the GRP-MILF negotiations,” Khan said.

He further explained that Malaysia is leading the IMT, a body tasked to prevent future hostilities between government security forces and MILF rebels, in efforts to help end the decades-old Moro rebellion in Mindanao.

“The IMT has been in Mindanao since 2001 to preserve a three-year-old bilateral ceasefire presently being upheld by both the government and MILF organization,” Khan said.

MILF, CCCH chairman Von Al Haq said that they are seriously focus to continue have talks with the government.

Al Haq also vowed that the MILF negotiators would continue the peace venture with the GRP seriously.

GRP, CCCH chairman Brigadier General Edgardo M Gurrea said President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo instructed top military officials and government peace negotiators to continue the peace venture with the MILF despite an impasse on the territorial issue during the latest GRP-MILF peace panel meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“This is our role as peacekeepers, we at the military side is hoping to solve immediately the issue particularly in the “determination and delimitation of areas” that would be put under the prospective Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE),” Gurrea said.

In a press conference, both parties agreed to conduct “further ground validation” and collection of additional data to guide them in the resolution of the remaining items.

At present, the governance entity that focuses on the Bangsamoro is the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) which comprises five provinces and one city among Mindanao’s 25 provinces and 27 cities: Sulu, Tawi-tawi, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao and Basilan and the Islamic City of Marawi.

Earlier, the Bangsamoro groups in Marawi unitedly appealed for the GRP-MILF peace negotiations to continue and honor the gentleman’s agreement in 1997.


Tidbits of Asia Peacebuilders Forum in Oro

Johan Galtung fields questions during a press conference on the Asia Peacebuilders Forum scheduled for 26-30 October 2006 at the Balaw Mindanaw Peace Center in Cagayan de Oro City. Looking on is GRP-RPM-M peace panel chair Franklin Quijano. Photo below is Johan Galtung chats with GRP-MILF peace panel members Sylvia Okinlay-Paraguya and Prof. Rudy Rodil during a lull in the ongoing Asia Peacebuilders Forum hosted by Action Asia at the Balay Mindanaw Peace Center in Cagayan de Oro City. Photos courtesy of Balay Mindanaw