Peace Tech VI – Media Advisory

December 1, 2006

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT:  Her Majesty, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan , to open last day of PeaceTech’s first series with video message

WHEN: 8:30 A.M. TO 12:30 PM, Monday, December 4, 2006

WHERE: Marian Auditorium, Miriam College , Quezon City and ULS Convention Hall, USM, Kabacan, N.Cotobato

HOSTED BY: Che Che Lazaro at Miriam College and Baicon Macaraya at USM

PANELISTS: Sen. Kiko Pangilinan; Jose Concepcion Jr; Archbishop Ledesma; Maria Ressa; Ambassador Howard Q. Dee; Major General Buenaflor; Richard Nalupta, Chairman, NYC; Karen Tanada, Director GZO Peace Institute; Kabacan Mayor Luz Tan; Father Bert Layson

SUPPORTED BY: UNICEF; the Australian Agency for International Development; Canada Fund for Local Initiatives; the Assisi Development Foundation Inc.; and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company

PeaceTech has caught the attention of one of the Middle East ’s most prominent peace advocates.  Her Majesty, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan , will directly address hundreds of Filipino youth gathering in Mindanao and Quezon City in a taped-video message for the final day of the mass video dialogue series.

Her Majesty’s message opens “PeaceTech 6: The Decision Makers” — a mass video dialogue uniting the Philippines ’ leaders with youth from all over Mindanao and Luzon . 

Its goal: to give young people that ultimate opportunity to speak directly with the leaders who make the big decisions.

“This is not just ‘people power’.  This is ‘youth power’!” says PeaceTech’s Robin Pettyfer.  “What we are doing is leveraging technology not only to build solidarity between youth from Mindanao and Luzon , but to give youth of all backgrounds that ‘democratic chance’ to speak with the country’s leaders.  How often does a young person from war-torn N.Cotobato get the chance to speak with a leading politician, business person or media director?  It’s rare.  But technology can change that.”

PeaceTech 6 is on the final day of PeaceTech’s first series in the Philippines .  After the question and answer period, youth leaders from Mindanao and Luzon will agree on final resolutions that they will take to the media and to the government. 

PeaceTech is also working with the Department of Education to incorporate highlights from the series into school curricula around the country.

PeaceTech includes thousands of youth from all sectors: Bangsamoro; Indigenous Peoples; lowlanders; former NPA, MILF; AFP soldiers; out-of-school youth; university students; and children from conflict zones.  Participants come from all over the Philippines: Maguindanao; Bukidnon; Lanao del Norte; N.Cotobato; S. Cotobato; Davao; Sultan Kudarat; Agusan Del Sur; Negros Occidental; Camarines Sur; Cavite-Laguna; Rizal; Metro Manila; Bulacan; Quezon; Nueva Ecija; Benguet; Mountain Province; Isabela; and Metro Manila. 

UNICEF, the Australian Agency for International Development, the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, PLDT and the Assisi Development Foundation are the primary supporters of the series.   Miriam College and the University of Southern Mindanao are hosting the event.  The Assisi Development Foundation is organizing PeaceTech 6 with the assistance of the Center for Peace Education of Miriam College, C.E.A.P., UP Baguio, the Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute, BROOD, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, the Department of Education, UP Diliman, Far Eastern University, and numerous community groups including PeaceMakers’ Circle and the Young Moro Professionals.

For Questions Text or Call:

ROBIN PETTYFER: 0915 775 2880; JERRY JOSE: 0919 622 5225

Please check: www.peacetech.net               

Robin Pettyfer, PeaceTech
Contact:  634 1712; 0915 775 2880:

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