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HWPL sheds more light of Peace in Mindanao

By Marilie Bomediano
Videos by: HWPL Ambassador Australia (photo by: Marilie Bomediano)
February 12, 2018


Along with Chairman Man Hee Lee’s 8th visit to the Philippines, the organization sought peace building measures through the meeting with the House of Representatives, signing a MOA on peace education with Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Philippine government and an interfaith dialogue to find commonality of the spirit of peace.

This writer born and raised in Mindanao, a place needing religious-political conflict resolutions was really pleased in meeting our HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee in September 2016 and 2017 consecutively during the 2nd and the 3rd WARP Summits in Seoul, Korea.

During the 3rd WARP SUMMIT 2017, I also had a chance to interview the Philippine delegate: Commissioner Ronald Adamat, the first Filipino Teduray Tribe IP Minority leader of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) who is strongly facilitating the peace education in the country now.

He explained his strategies to maintain the ongoing regional HWPL peace campaigns.

"I find HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee to be a very charismatic leader, he is heaven sent! He's very spiritually prominent and it's wonderful to see such a person. We have to support him and thaw the line with him, Commissioner Ronald Adamat said.

"As the Commissioner on Higher Education of the Philippines, we are mandated to to make policies on the matters of standards and guidelines of all of the state universities in the Philippines.

“I have 24 State Universities under my stewardship being the Chairman of their governing board, and we are focused on peace education, Commissioner Adamat added!

"I will move heaven and earth to incorporate peace education into the curriculum, starting with 24 State Universities. With a CMO memorandum order, aiming for 112 State Universities to be promoting peace in the Southern Philippines, he added.

"I have a few advocacies namely: Federalism, Indigenous People's Studies, my doctorate in on the Peace and Development, Good Governance  and Agriculture that contributes to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of our nation, Commissioner Adamat explained.

I am pleased to see Commissioner Ronald Adamat keeping his promise and continues his pact, as other local peace advocates also participated in the 17th Congress in the Republic of the Philippines

The 17th Congress of the Philippines announced a resolution on the support of the HWPL peace initiatives, proposed by the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the September 18th World Alliance of Religions Peace (WARP) Summit in 2017.

By the invitation of Hon. Olivarez Eric L. in Quezon City, the congressmen and Chairman Lee of HWPL discussed applicable action plans of peace building in the Philippines based on the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) drafted by HWPL and the international law experts.

The declaration addresses principles of international peace including religious/ethnic freedom and spreading a culture of peace.

The Philippine Religious Leaders discussed Religious Leaders’ Responsibility for Religious Freedom and Peace

On January 26th, an interfaith dialogue called the WARP Office Meeting was held to promote peace activities of religious leaders and to develop understanding among religions. Leaders of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and 1,300 students from Makati University attended this event.

Rev. Acharya Prem Shankaranand Tirth as the Hindu High Priest of Shree Gita Ashram said, "Since I was very clear the boundaries of religion, and while I participated in the WARP offices, I realized that the names of god in each religion are different, but in common, what God wanted to teach us was love and peace".

"Religious people should love and respect others as they love themselves. I would like to ask what kind of God the religious leader who attempts to force religious conversion believes in and what doctrine he is practicing. Religious leaders should not try to exclude different religions but they should work together in harmony and do good in society," he added regarding coercive conversion leading to a murder case in the Republic of Korea recently.

HWPL issued a statement of content to condemn some organizations that slandered activities of religious leaders in connection with the rise of religious rights and interests and to guarantee the participation of pure religious people in peace activities.

International NGO with an MOA for Peace Education with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Philippine Government

HWPL and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Philippine government signed an MOA to build cooperation on peace education. HWPL has established peace education in the Philippines with education institutions such as Cotabato Polytechnic University, Roojas National High School and Vilo Central Elementary School.

HWPL's peace education curriculum is expected to implement and expand systematic peace education in the Philippine schools through the coordination the CHED.

IWPG Georgina Hernandez , representative  for Phil Vice President Leni Robredo’s speaks:
Georgina Hernandez at the 3rd WARP SUMMIT

Memoirs of the 3rd WARP SUMMIT
"Teaching peace to youth is the beginning of the realization of peace." - Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL
videos by: Man Hee Lee of HWPL Supporter

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