Young People's Summit Agenda

The Young People’s Summit was a 3-day undertaking of the youth and was participated by more than 50 organizations representing Lumad, Moro and the settlers in Mindanao. Balay had conceived of the idea to facilitate the organizing of the event due to the enthusiastic response of young participants who joined the series of peace camp and dialogues that initiated in Cotabato. They have been in midst of all activities from the finalization of the concept, the designing of the activities and the actual conduct of the event itself. Since the activity is shaped by the youth, they have taken it upon themselves to bear responsibility in sustaining the consensus that they arrive at. The gathering held October 26-28 at Eden Nature Park and Resort was capped by the drafting of the Young People Summit Declaration. In particular, the youth bind themselves to work for the following agenda:

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Children as Zones of Peace 1

Realizing the importance of peace in the lives of the community people of Pikit especially among the children, seeing the possibility of connecting the capacities of the people, BALAY thought of developing a project that will enable the all concerned sectors – community, school, government, military, armed group and the youth and children to promote children as zones of peace.

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Displacement Updates: June 2005 - 2006

Internal displacement in the Philippines is most pervasive in areas where militarization and clashes between government forces and rebel fighters take place. In urban centers, the informal settlers, who are branded as squatters, are the most common victims of demolitions to give way to commercial and infrastructure projects. The following are documented displacement data from June-December 2005 and January - May 2006.

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Child's Rights Programming in Community-Based Disaster Management

The mainstreaming of child’s rights programming in community based disaster management is a project aimed to mainstream Child’s Rights Programming in Community-Based Disaster Management. BALAY with the Center for Disaster Preparedness and the Save the Children UK initiated this project along with the local community leaders of GINAPALADTAKA. The project has required process of series of consultation to be involved by the different stakeholders.

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Adopt-a-School

Believing that education is a right and considering that in Pikit, education is a privilege, BALAY initiated the adopt-a-school scheme in its educational support to the elementary children.

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