PEACETECH ELECTION 2007

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 peacetechembassy@yahoogroups.com, peacetech.net@gmail.com 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,
Mindanao
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
Palawan. 
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;
Cagayan
Valley; and
Palawan. 
 One-year term.  Can be re-elected. 

Only Luzon Ambassadors living in the Cordilleras, the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley and
Palawan
can vote and run for this position.
 4)  Vice President, Remainder of
Luzon.
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. 
 Only
Mindanao
Ambassadors can vote and run for this position. 
 

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

All
Luzon
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: peacetechembassy@yahoogroups.com, peacetech.net@gmail.com 

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,
Cagayan
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

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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:


PeaceTech V – Media Advisory

November 11, 2006


Invitation: “PeaceTech 5: Children, Youth and Armed Conflict”    

WHAT: REGIONAL TALK SHOW  ON PEACE BUILDING TO LINK MINDANAO AND LUZON YOUTH IN LIVE DIALOGUE ABOUT ARMED CONFLICT

WHERE: MERE MARIE MICHEAU HALL (GYMNASIUM), SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITY, QUEZON CITY & SESSION HALL, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH EASTERN PHILIPPINES, OBRERO CAMPUS, DAVAO CITY

WHEN: 7:45 A.M. TO 12:30 PM, NOVERMBER 20, 2006

SPECIAL GUESTS:CANADIAN AMBASSADOR to the PHILIPPINES, MARGIE MORAN and a Surprise Guest

HOSTED BY: PAT EVANGELISTA (in Quezon City) & BAICON MACARAYA (in Davao)

SUPPORTED BY: UNICEF, THE AUSTRALIAN AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, CANADA FUND FOR LOCAL INITIATIVES, ASSISI DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION INC. & THE PHILIPPINE LONG DISTANCE TELEPHONE COMPANY

ENDORSED BY: FE A. HIDALGO, UNDERSECRETARY, OFFICER-in-CHARGE, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (DepEd), CATHOLIC EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES (CEAP), and NATIONAL YOUTH PARLIAMENT (NYP)

FREE REGISTRATION; SNACKS PROVIDED

CONTACTS: In Metro Manila: Robin Pettyfer and Jimmy Yau
In Davao City: Jerry Jose: 0919 622 5225; (082) 297 3040

PeaceTech would be honoured by your participation in “PeaceTech 5: Children, Youth and Armed Conflict.”  We are reserving 100 seats for your youth leaders and teachers.  Please contact us by November 10 to confirm the number of participants who will be attending. 

We hope to see you on November 20th!

For Confirmations Text or Call:
(Name of Contact Person, Organization Represented, Number of People Attending)
For Luzon:

Jimmy Yau – Peacetech Coordinator 
Globe 0916.448.4995, (02) 634-1712

 For Davao:

Jerry Jose: 0919 622 5225; (082) 297 3040

For questions please check: www.peacetech.net


PeaceTech III Media Advisory

September 22, 2006

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT: NEW TALK SHOW TO INCLUDE MOTHERS FROM DIFFERENT SIDES OF WAR IN MASS DIALOGUE ON GIANT SCREENS

TOPIC: WOMEN AND MOTHERS IN CONFLICT AND PEACE BUILDING

WHERE: NISMED AUDITORIUM, NISMED, QUIRINO AVE. UP DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY & NOTRE DAME GYMNASIUM, NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

WHEN: SEPTEMBER 25, 8 A.M. TO NOON

SUPPORTED BY: UNICEF; AUSTRALIAN AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT; CANADA FUND FOR LOCAL INITIATIVES; ASSISI DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION; PHILIPPINE LONG DISTANCE TELEPHONE COMPANY; NOTRE DAME UNIVERISTY; AND THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENTAIL ADVISOR ON THE PEACE PROCESS

FOOD PROVIDED

CONTACT: MANILA — ROBIN PETTYFER, ASSISI DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION C: 634 1712;          COTOBATO CITY — DAGMAR BLICKWEDE, NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Two mothers. One widowed by a NPA land mine. The other by AFP soldiers. Both struggling to raise a family. Both struggling with their loss. But now, both talking with one another over hundreds of miles on giant screens.

They will come together in PeaceTech on September 25 – the world’s newest live, mass dialogue for youth.

They are two examples of the women who will unite on screen in front of hundreds of youths: a former NPA fighter who surrendered for her six children; the wife of an MILF commander who hid with her family for one year; and two women peace builders.

“PeaceTech 3: Women in Conflict and Peace Building ” focuses on how armed conflict affects women and the family unit. It then analyzes how women can increase their role in peace making.

This episode is expected to attract even greater numbers of youth as momentum builds for this regional talk show being launched in the Philippines .

A partnership between UNICEF, the Australian Agency for International Development, the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, the Assisi Development Foundation, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and the Center for Peace Education of Miriam College is running the series.

This time Peace Tech will air between Quezon City and Cotobato City . The audiences will represent many mothers, youth and children including: former NPA; MILF; and AFP soldiers; children from conflict zones; Muslims, Indigenous Peoples, Christians; out-of-school youth; and students from many schools and universities. Provinces represented include: Zamboanga del Sur; Maguindanao; Sultan Kudarat; N.Cotobato; Lanao del Norte; Lanao del Sur; Davao ; Agusan del Sur, Negros Occidental; Camarines Sur; Quezon; Cavite-Laguna; Nueva Ecija; Benguet; Mountain Province ; and Isabela

GMA 7’s Kara David will emcee PeaceTech 3 from Quezon City . Journalist Samira Gutoc will emcee from Cotobato City .

The 7-part PeaceTech series is leveraging videoconferencing technology to build solidarity and catalyze change through dialogues on a mass scale. Lessons from the talk shows are sustained through regular on-line chats and through community projects.

UNICEF wants to modal the series for a regional talk show that will connect youth from countries divided by conflict. Communications Officer, Dale Rutstein, says: “It is vital that we provide opportunities for young people to express their opinions on the issues that affect them. With PeaceTech we are feeling the power of telecommunication technology to bring together those who remain so far apart on many levels. By focusing this instrument on the young people of the Philippines we are helping to build a foundation of understanding.”

Senator Ramon Magsaysay says: “We badly need this talk show in a world where conflict is increasing. Be it in Lebanon and Israel or Iraq and the United States , the world needs an international medium where young people can unite. PeaceTech does that. It’s an honor that UNICEF, Canada and Australia want to start this in our country!”

The series has many supporters including: the Center for Peace Education of Miriam College; Notre Dame University; the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process; the AFP; the Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute; the Miriam College Women and Gender Institute; the Department of Education; Youth Aid; Philippine Normal University; Peacemakers’ Circle, the Balay Rehabilitation Center; Brotherhood of Destiny; and numerous community groups, schools and universities throughout the country.

Cable technology is donated by the Philippine Long Distance Company.

UP Diliman and Notre Dame University are hosting the event.

For questions please check: www.peacetechh.net


Peace Tech II Media Advisory

August 27, 2006

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT: PART II OF NEW GLOBAL TALK SHOW UNITING HUNDREDS OF YOUTH THROUGHOUT THE PHILIPPINES IN LIVE DIALOGUE ON GIANT SCREENS

TOPIC: OVERCOMING PREJUDICE TOWARDS YOUNG MUSLIMS, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND CHRISTIANS

WHERE: NISMED AUDITORIUM, NISMED, QUIRINO AVE. UP DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY & ULS  CONVENTION HALL, USM, KABACAN, N. COTOBATO

WHEN: AUGUST 28, 8 A.M. TO NOON

SUPPORTED BY: UNICEF; AUSTRALIAN AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT; CANADA FUND FOR LOCAL INITIATIVES, ASSISI DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION & THE CENTER FOR PEACE EDUCATION OF MIRIAM COLLEGE
 
FOOD PROVIDED

CONTACT: MANILA — ROBIN PETTYFER C: 0915 775 2880; O: 634 1712; MINDANAO – JERRY JOSE C: 0919 622 5225

Young Muslims, indigenous peoples and Christians from all over the Philippines will pour into PeaceTech 2. for a live videoconference on giant screens to unite against discrimination. 

PeaceTech 2 is expected to attract even greater numbers of youth as momentum builds for the global talk show being launched in the Philippines.

A partnership between UNICEF, AusAid, the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives and the Assisi Development Foundation is running the series.

PeaceTech 2 will focus on overcoming prejudice towards Muslims, indigenous peoples and even Christian minorities.

The live dialogue between Kabacan, N.Cotobato and Quezon City will include a unique array of guests: A young Christian in Mindanao, forced to convert to Islam or face possible death; A young Muslim in Manila, fired from work for revealing his faith; and a
group of indigenous youth claiming severe discrimination at an international conference for indigenous peoples in their own country.

GMA 7’s Kara David will emcee PeaceTech 2 from Quezon City.  Ms. Baicon Macaraya of Marawi City will emcee from N.Cotobato. 

The audiences will represent many groups including: former MILF; AFP soldiers; PNP; children from conflict zones; Muslims, Indigenous Peoples, Christians; out-of-school youth; and students from many schools and universities.  Provinces represented include: Zamboanga del Sur; Maguindanao; N.Cotobato; Lanao del Norte; Davao; Negros Occidental; Camarines Sur; Quezon; Cavite-Laguna; Nueva Ecija; Benguet; Mountain Province; and Isabela. 

The 7-part PeaceTech series is leveraging videoconferencing technology to build solidarity and catalyze change through dialogues on a mass scale.  Lessons from the talk shows are sustained through regular on-line chats and through community projects.

UNICEF wants to modal the series for a global talk show that will connect youth from countries divided by conflict.  Communications Officer, Dale Rutstein, says: “It is vital that we provide opportunities for young people to express their opinions on the issues that affect them. With PeaceTech 1 we could feel the power of telecommunication technology to bring together those who remain so far apart on many levels. By focusing this instrument on the young people of the Philippines we are helping to build a foundation of understanding.”

Senator Ramon Magsaysay says: “We badly need this talk show in a world where conflict is increasing.  Be it in Lebanon and Israel or Iraq and the United States, the world needs an international medium where young people can unite.  PeaceTech does that.  It’s an honor that UNICEF, Canada and Australia want to start this in our country!”

The series has many supporters including: the Center for Peace Education of Miriam College; the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process; the AFP; the Department of Education; Youth Aid; Peacemakers’ Circle, the Balay Rehabilitation Center; Brotherhood of Destiny; and numerous community groups, schools and universities throughout the country.  UP Diliman and USM are hosting the event.


Hundreds of young Filipinos coming together

July 31, 2006

Hundreds of young Filipinos from the top of Luzon to the bottom of Mindanao came together today for the first time in a live dialogue on giant screens.

About 600 youth participated in the launching of a new kind of talk show series called “PeaceTech”. The series is all about building understanding through seven videoconferences focusing on peace and conflict.

The dialogues are also a modal for a global talk show that will connect youth from different countries around the world.

Between now and the end of the year, PeaceTech will leverage technology to unite youth instantly. By doing so, it aims to magnify the voice of children and youth on issues such as prejudice, poverty, armed conflict and peace building.

Today’s videoconference linked youth from a diverse range of backgrounds: AFP; victims of war and prejudice; Indigenous Peoples; Muslims; Christians; out-of-school youth; and students were some of the participants. And they came from many regions such as: Zamboanga del Sur; Maguindanao; Negros Occidental; Manila; the Cordillera; and Isabella.

UNICEF, AusAID and the Assisi Development Foundation are the main supporters of the series. UNICEF head for the Philippines, Dr. Nicholas K. Alipui, gave the opening speech.

Canadian manager of PeaceTech, Robin Pettyfer, said: “it was amazing to see youth come together on the screens. How often do you have an AFP solider speaking with a victim of war? How often can a poor 12-year girl from Negros talk with a Muslim girl from Manila about her future? Well, today that happened!”

Senator Ramon Magsaysay says: “The series is badly needed in a world where conflict is increasing. Whether it is in Israel and Lebanon, or Iraq and the United States, the world needs an international medium where young people can come together. PeaceTech does that. It’s an honour that AusAid and UNICEF want to start this in the Philippines.”

PeaceTech. is relevant to the Philippines where geography restricts inter-group dialogue. It gives young people in remote areas an opportunity to instantly reach out. And it provides security by allowing participants to meet with youth in insecure areas.

Its organizers don’t want the series to be just talk. They are approaching the Department of Education in hope that schools will use CDs from the dialogues in social studies classes. PeaceTech is also leveraging the Internet so that participants can continue their dialogues in on-line chats.

Many universities, schools, and community groups are involved in the series including Youth Aid. OPAPP is also involved. PLDT is providing the technology.

The next dialogue — PeaceTech 2 – happens August 28.


A new kind of talk show linking youth from Luzon all the way to Mindanao

July 28, 2006

A new kind of talk show linking youth from Luzon all the way to Mindanao is about to make distance irrelevant.

Starting on July 31st, a videoconference series will unite hundreds of youth in Mindanao with hundreds of youth in Luzon on giant screens. Called “PeaceTech.”, the talk show is leveraging technology to unite youth in live dialogues about their future and their country’s future.

UNICEF and the Australian government are using the talk shows as an experiment.
Their goal: to bring different groups together, often divided by conflict.

The series includes youth from all sectors: former MILF; AFP soldiers; Muslims, Indigenous Peoples, Christians; out-of-school youth; university students; and children from conflict zones. Participants come from all over the Philippines: Zamboanga del Sur; Maguindanao; N.Cotobato; Lanao del Norte; Davao; Negros Occidental; Camarines Sur; Quezon; Cavite-Laguna; Nueva Ecija; Benguet; Mountain Province; and Isabela.

The series is a modal for a global talk show that will connect youth from different countries.

Senator Ramon Magsaysay believes in the series. He says: “The series is badly needed in a world where conflict is increasing. Whether it is in Israel and Lebanon, or Iraq and the United States, the world needs an international medium where young people can come together. PeaceTech does that. It’s an honour that UNICEF wants to start this in the Philippines.”

Canadian manager for PeaceTech, Robin Pettyfer, says: “Peace Tech is just as it sounds. It’s the peace in tech! We have the technology to unite people from the different sides in a global talk show. So it’s time we start!”

PeaceTech. is relevant to the Philippines where geography restricts inter-group dialogue. It gives young people in remote areas an opportunity to instantly reach out. And it provides security by allowing participants to meet with youth in insecure areas.

PeaceTech 1 on July 31 is expected to be an honest but direct discussion about “real problems” dividing Filipinos.

UNICEF and the Australian government are the primary supporters of the 7-part series. PLDT is providing the technology. The Assisi Development Foundation is organizing the project with the assistance of Youth Aid, OPAPP and numerous community groups, schools and universities.