and Conflict Management for Special CAFGU Active Auxiliary
By Leonardo “Bau”
“Ipasabot sa ila ang
kaimportante sa kalinaw. Dili lang pagduty ang inyong trabaho.
Dugang kamo sa solusyon sa problema, dili dugang sa problema. Kaya
may Op Kors! tayo, para mas masabtan ninyo ang inyong trabaho.” (“Let
them understand the importance of peace. Your work is not limited
only to your tour of duty. You are part of the solution, not to
worsen the problem. That is why we are having Op Kors! to understand
This was shared by 2LT Raul
Obaob, one of the military trainors for OP KORS during the
Peacebuilding and Conflict Management for Special CAFGU Active
Auxiliary (SCAA). There were 66 SCAAs who underwent this training at
the 403rd Infantry Brigade in Camp Osito Bahian, Malaybalay City
last February 21-25, 2009.
The activity was sponsored by
the Malaybalay City Local Government in partnership and coordination
with the 403rd Peacemaker Brigade under Col. Nicanor Dolojan and
Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. The SCAAs had already undergone a
45-day Basic Military Training. The additional 5 days training
provided a venue for the participants to learn the fundamentals of
culture of peace, basics of conflict management and resolution
skills, and peacebuilding. The training also tackled the local
situation and the role of CAFGUs in their respective and immediate
Most of the participants were
Indigenous People coming from the Higaunon tribe of Barangay
Caburakanan, Barangay Kulaman, Barangay Silae, Barangay Patpat,
Barangay Dalwangan, and Malaybalay City.
The training team was
composed of staff from the Balay Mindanaw International Center for
Peace and Military Officers and Enlisted Personnel from the 8th “Dependable”
Infantry Battalion and 29th “Matatag” Infantry Battalion. The
training was also part of the action plan of the military members of
the training team who have undergone the Trainors Training for
Operation Peace Course (OP Kors!) conducted last February 2-7, 2009
in Cagayan de Oro City .
The first day of the training
provided the participants insights on the context of the present
situation both in their local community and in Mindanao. They also
learned about the National Peace Plan and the Six Paths to Peace. A
session on “The person in the peacebuilder” was facilitated by
Prof. Saturnina “Bebot” Rodil of MSU-IIT and MSU-IPDM on the
third day. Bebot emphasized to the SCAAs that their role as CAFGUs
and as a peacebuilder should start from within themselves. She
emphasized that self-awareness and listening were important in order
to have an effective relationship and self transformation.
The third day was focused on
their roles as CAFGUs in relation to peacebuilding and the
definition and elements of conflict. The session was facilitated by
2 LT Raul Obaob. A session on Conflict Analysis Tools was
facilitated by Charmaine Mae Dagapioso-Baconga in the afternoon. The
following day, 2Lt. Bryan Lim facilitated the topic on peace,
followed by as session on Conflict Resolution Skills facilitated by
Leonardo Bautista and 1Lt Allan Guibone.
On the last day, a session on
Local Governance and the development of local peace agenda was
facilitated by Paul Richard Paraguya. The session was followed by
the action planning and presentation of plans. The participants were
able to formulate significant plans on how to apply what they have
learned from the training.
The trained SCAAs would soon
be assigned to their different areas of assignment within Malaybalay
City. But now, they will be going to the communities with additional
knowledge and skills in handling and managing conflict not only as
Peace Keepers but also as Peace Builders.