A resource book for peace builders entitled
“Panday Kalinaw” (“peace building” in the vernacular) has
finally been produced by Balay Mindanaw with the support of Konrad
Adenauer Foundation (KAF). This book is practically a guide for
peace builders as they continue to implement their peace building
plans and program in the barangays of Mindanao. It contains major
and minor tips as well as practical strategies in promoting and
sustaining conflict transformation and also provides ways and means
of managing and resolving conflict towards building peace.
The chapters in the book also point out
skills in analyzing conflict, in actively involving in community
peace initiatives as well as in attaining gains in local peace
process, citing the learnings from the GRP-RPMM peace process.
Written by a professional team called the
Mindanaw Women Writers (MinWOW) Inc., this book is the synthesis of
the learnings taken from processes of the Peace Course that was
conducted last year, also documented by MinWOW.
Though it is just a guide and does not
provide all the answers to all questions about solving conflicts,
this book “constitutes yet another effort to help local peace
builders become more effective and efficient cadres for peace,”
according to Mr. Klaus Preschle, Country Representative of KAF, in
KAF’s commitment to promote peace and
democracy is very much real in its partnership with Balay Mindanaw
for almost three years now, specially in its effort to advance the
peace process as well as the peace talks between the GRP and the
RPMM, which Balay Mindanaw facilitates as the independent
secretariat of this peace process.