May 2, 2007

PEACETECH. ELECTION 2007 If you are a PeaceTech Ambassador, you can run for PeaceTech. office! 

Just fill out the candidate forms and email it to, by 5 pm., Wednesday, May 2nd.  Email us at this address if you do not have a candidate form. There are nine positions available.  They are: 

1) President, PeaceTech. EmbassyThe President will consult with all Ambassadors in running PeaceTech. Embassy.  Working closely with the two Vice Presidents, she or he will propose and implement PeaceTech’s activities.  She or he is also responsible for initiating all meetings and fundraising activities.  The President will coordinate closely with PeaceTech. Inc.   One year term.  Can be re-elected. 

All Ambassadors can vote and run for this position. 2) Vice President,
The Vice President,
Mindanao represents all Mindanao Ambassadors in PeaceTech. Embassy.  She or he will assist the President in creating and initiating activities.  She or he will also organize and implement activities, fund raising and
Mindanao meetings. 

One year term.  Can be re-elected. Only Mindanao Ambassadors can vote and run for this position.   

3) Vice President, Northern Luzon and
Duties are the same as for the Vice President, Mindanao except she or he is responsible for northern Luzon and
Palawan.  Areas are: the Cordilleras; the Ilocos Region;
Valley; and
 One-year term.  Can be re-elected. 

Only Luzon Ambassadors living in the Cordilleras, the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley and
can vote and run for this position.
 4)  Vice President, Remainder of
This person is in charge of all of Luzon, excluding those regions mentioned under
Northern Luzon.  This position includes responsibility for Metro Manila.

Same duties as for other vice presidents. Only
Luzon Ambassadors living in regions under this position
can vote and run for this position.

5)  Vice President VisayasSame as the Vice President, Mindanao and
Luzon except is responsible for the Visayas. 
 All Ambassadors can vote for this position but only candidates from this region can run for this position. 

One-year term.  Can be re-elected. 6)  Treasurer MindanaoThe Treasurer for Mindanao must live in
Mindanao.  She or he receives, pays out and accounts for all money involved with PeaceTech. Embassy.  The Treasurer will also work with the President and Vice Presidents on fund raising.  She or he reports directly to the President of PeaceTech. Embassy and PeaceTech. Inc. 

Only Mindanao Ambassadors can vote and run for this position.   One-year term.  Can be re-elected. 

7)  Treasurer LuzonPlease see description for Treasurer Mindanao.   All
Luzon Ambassadors (south and north) can vote and run for this position. 

8)  Secretary MindanaoThe Secretary, Mindanao must live in
Mindanao.  She or he records all meetings.  She or he also assists the President and Vice Presidents email and or text Ambassadors on developments. 
Ambassadors can vote and run for this position. 

One-year term.  Can be re-elected. 9)  Secretary LuzonPlease see description for Secretary,

Ambassadors can vote and run for this position.
 One-year term.  Can be re-elected. As long as you are an Ambassador, you can vote in PeaceTech’s first election.  Voting begins on May 3rd and continues until 5 pm, May 10th.  You can vote in two ways:1)      By texting: 0915 775 2880; or2)      By emailing:, 

In your vote, indicate the name of the person you are electing, and the position they are running for. Here are the election rules:1)      Only Ambassadors can vote in the election;2)      All Ambassadors can vote for President;3)      Only Mindanao Ambassadors can vote for Mindanao Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer4)      Only Ambassadors living in the Cordilleras, Ilocos Region,
Valley and Palawan can vote for Vice President,
Northern Luzon
5)      Only Ambassadors living in all other Luzon areas can vote for Vice President,
Southern Luzon and Metro Manila
6)      All Luzon Ambassadors can vote for the Luzon Secretary and Treasurer7)      All Ambassadors can vote for the Visayan Vice President8)      You can only vote once for your candidate9)      Candidates can vote once for themselves 

Good luck and have fun! 
 (SGD)Robin Pettyfer


Peace Tech Video-Conference Series for our Filipino Youth

August 12, 2006

The Philippines is divided by more than 7,000 islands. Its geography restricts inter-youth dialogue. Armed conflict in certain areas of Mindanao and Luzon pit Muslim and Indigenous groups against a Christian based government. Minority groups in Metro Manila, Mindanao and Indigenous areas throughout the Philippines experience prejudice. Mistrust exists between different cultural groups because of armed conflict and prejudice.

The Philippines is no exception. Throughout the world, tensions between cultural groups are increasing. This is partly due to advances in communication and transportation, which are bringing different groups together for the first time. Tensions are exacerbated by limited resources, irresponsible leadership, and fear.

Ignorance and apathy also contribute to conflict. The level of interest in improving social conditions remains low, particularly in the Philippines. According to a national study of Filipino youth conducted by Social Weather Station (SWS), only 10% of youth join youth organizations, 3% join charitable organizations, and 1% join political parties. A majority suffers from ignorance, helplessness and apathy when asked how they can contribute to improving social problems. Limited education and dialogue, and corruption of leadership contribute to these failures. Thus the need for inter-youth dialogue and awareness building is imperative.

Institutionalized dialogues are needed on a regular basis between different groups to improve understanding and lower tensions. Ideally, groups need a television program where they can come together to discuss their differences. This is expensive. A series of videoconferences is a more economical short-term goal.

In January, 2006, the Assisi Development Foundation held a two-day videoconference that linked hundreds of Muslim and Indigenous youth in Cotobato City with youth at De La Salle University in Manila. The dialogue focused on the armed conflict in Mindanao. It was a pilot project for the series that the Assisi Foundation, Youth Aid and UNICEF are starting in July.