Peacebuilders Community, Inc. was invited by Central Mindanao University (CMU) as consultant for Proposal Writing for Peace Process last April 28-29, 2015. The said activity was participated by selected professors who are members of Mt. Kalayo Institute for Social Enterprise Growth (MKESEG). CMU decided to have this kind of workshop because they believed that the university as an academe has a big role in peace building and development. However, as they observed, the University is still not practically involved.
CMU President, Dr. Maria Luisa Soliven, opened the event by sharing her vision for the University. According to her, “One of my visions is for CMU to train transformative leaders who would contribute to the peace of Mindanao and of the whole Philippines.”
Rev. Luis Daniel Pantoja, CEO of Peacebuilders Community, gave the overview of the peace building and development in the Philippines. He shared the main framework of PBCI which is Peace Theology where the peace of God is Central to the Good News. The four quadrants are the core concepts of PAR which gave more emphasis on the shalom-transformation that leads to holistic harmonious living.
The peacebuilding center being created at the Central Mindanao University is now officially called University Center for Peace and Reconciliation (UCPAR).
The whole activity was concluded by a presentation of the executive report of the Peace Council on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before CMU faculty, staff, and student leaders.