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The Annual Peacebuilding Training is a three-week training organized and conducted once every year by MPI. It is part of the Institute’s Education and Training Program that aims to capacitate individuals and their institutions in the field of peacebuilding that began in the year 2000. The training offers different courses that explore major themes and cutting-edge debates, including the latest and most pressing issues on matters of peace, justice and conflict.

The training will not only provide you with new knowledge and a broader understanding about peacebuilding and conflict transformation; you will not only acquire and develop skills and capacities needed to be more effective in your peacebuilding work, but you will also become part of a growing network of peacebuilders around the world. You will have the opportunity to be immersed in an environment of diversity: diversity of peoples, histories, cultures, ideas, beliefs and principles, where all are celebrated, shared and affirmed. Many participants ascribe equal value to the bonding, friendships, and solidarity that are created during the training.

You might also want to read our   2017 Annual Peacebuilding Training Report for more insights about the training and/or read our Testimonials.

The 19th MPI Annual Peacebuilding Training will be held from May 7 to 25, 2018, at Mergrande Ocean Resort, located at Bago Aplaya, Talomo District, Davao City, Philippines.

For 2018, MPI will offer 13 courses classified into three categories: Foundation, Thematic, and Field-Based. Four Foundation Courses will be concurrently offered in Week 1, four Thematic Courses and one Field-Based Course in Week 2, and four Thematic Courses will be offered in Week 3. Participants may opt to enroll for just one week, two weeks or all three weeks. For the complete list and a short description of the courses, please go to this link or download our 2018 Annual Peacebuilding Training Information Packet.

There will be 21 distinguished and high-caliber facilitators who will come together and teach the courses in 2018. Thirteen of them are international facilitators coming from Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe, and North America:

  1. Babu Joseph Ayindo
  2. Paulo Baleinakorodawa
  3. Wendy Kroeker
  4. Kathy Matsui
  5. Joan McGregor
  6. Phyusin Ngwethaw
  7. Kyoko Okumoto
  8. Shamsia Ramadhan
  9. Jonathan Rudy
  10. Jean Baptiste Talla
  11. Zon Vanel
  12. Florina Xavier
  13. Gladston Xavier

The remaining eleven are Filipino experts based in different parts of the Philippines:

  1. Michael Frank A. Alar
  2. Catholic Relief Services Peacebuilding Team
  3. Krizanti Cruzado
  4. Foundation for Media Alternatives Team
  5. Maria Ida L. Giguiento
  6. Baht Latumbo
  7. Myla Leguro
  8. Orson Sargado

Each course is facilitated by at least two facilitators. Read more about the international facilitators here and the national (Philippine) facilitators here.

We do not accept applications/letters of interest for facilitation of our courses. To facilitate at MPI’s Annual Training is by invitation only.

Each course is limited to 25 participants on a “first-come, first-served” basis. So, it is important that you select alternate courses in case your first choice is not available. The field-based courses are strictly limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

The schedule of Weeks 2 and 3 of the MPI 2018 Annual Peacebuilding Training will be during the time of Ramadan. For those participants who will be fasting during this time, MPI and Mergrande Ocean Resort Management will make special arrangements to accommodate their needs.

The training is open to all peacebuilders and peace advocates from any country and from all walks of life who are interested to grow and be empowered in their work for peace. Any individual who feels passionately about peace is welcome to apply. For the complete admission criteria, please go to this link or download our  2018 Annual Peacebuilding Training Information Packet.

The answer is no to both questions. Participants may opt to enroll for just one week or for two weeks or all three. Each week, MPI offers five courses that are simultaneously conducted. Therefore, you will only be able to attend one course per week. However, please take note that courses in Week 2 have prerequisites. You will have to satisfy these prerequisites to be considered.

No, you will have to pay for participating in the training. The course fees vary depending on your organization; if you are based outside or in the Philippines; and if you opt to live-in or live-out during the training. Live-in means you will stay at the venue for the duration of the training. Live-out means you will find your own accommodations and commute to the venue. Please see below:


Course Fee (Per week)



International organizations based outside the Philippines



International organizations with office/s in the Philippines



Philippine organizations/institutions



The course fees only include the following:

  • Course tuition
  • Course materials/handouts
  • Processing fee
  • Other course-related expenses
  • Simple dormitory-style accommodations
  • Full meals and snacks
  • Course tuition
  • Course materials/handouts
  • Processing fee
  • Other course-related expenses
  • Lunch, dinner and snacks

Participants or their sponsoring organization will have to cover all travel expenses (international and domestic airfares, local transportation, visa fee, etc.) and make the necessary travel arrangements.

Please make sure to notify the Institute at once so we can find another participant to fill your place and we can refund your course fees.

For participants enrolled for three weeks and two weeks: MPI will refund 100% of the tuition fee if cancellation of application is made three weeks prior to the training schedule (on or before April 16, 2018); a 75% refund, if cancellation is made two weeks (on or before April 23, 2018) before the training; and a 50% refund if participants withdraw a week (on or before April 30, 2018) before the training schedule.

For participants enrolled for one week only: MPI will refund 100% of the tuition fee if cancellation of application is made three weeks prior to the start of the course; a 75% refund, if cancellation is made two weeks before the course; and a 50% refund for cancellation made a week before the course begins.

If you’re an international participant and you have to withdraw because your visa was denied, MPI will provide a 100% refund, less US$100 for processing and administrative fee, provided this is done a week before the start of class.

MPI reserves the right to withhold a 10% non-refundable processing fee for each cancellation. No refund will be issued for cancellation made less than a week prior to the start of the course/training schedule.

The deadline for receipt of regular applications is on April 15, 2018. All requirements should be sent to email address: by April 20, 2018. Applications not completed after the latter date will be automatically cancelled.

MPI neither has a scholarship fund nor provides fellowships for those who wish to attend the training. Participants have to find their own sponsors and/or personally cover the overall cost of the training.

The Peace and Collaborative Development Network posts many opportunities on their website and also has a post titled: Top Resources for Finding Scholarships/Fellowships in Conflict Resolution and Related Fields. You can also check out our own listing of possible scholarship opportunities here.

For most nationals, a 30-day visa to the Philippines can be obtained upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. To be sure, check visa requirements online at or go to the nearest Philippine consulate in your place.

No. The Philippine Peso (₱ or PhP) is the official currency for all transactions within the country. However, there are money exchange services at the airport and in many places in Davao City (banks, shopping malls, shops). Be sure to have ready cash (in Philippine Pesos) to pay for local transportation and for your other needs and expenses.

You may check the daily peso-dollar exchange rates at or see the latest exchange rate below. Please note that exchange rates change frequently, and rates quoted on the web may not reflect the rate you will get at an exchange service.

If you chose to live-out, you have to make the necessary arrangements yourself. However, we can provide a list of hotels and contact details upon request.

For participants arriving at Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City, MPI will provide an airport pick-up. This will be shared with you once your application is accepted. If you are unable to make any of the pick-up schedules, please plan to take a taxi from the airport to the venue. You will have to shoulder this expense. A one-way trip rate should not exceed PhP500.00.

For participants within Davao City or Mindanao and those who want to make use of local transportation, you may take the jeepneys bound for Toril/Mulig.

  1. Take a Toril/Mulig bound jeepney from downtown Davao City (this jeepney passes by NCCC-Maa, JS/Ilustre-Gaisano, Aldevinco/Roxas Blvd., and SM-Ecoland); instruct the driver to drop you off at the crossing going to Mergrande Resort. One-way fare is PhP20 for one person.
  2. From the crossing, take a sidecar/tricycle and tell the driver to take you to Mergrande Resort. Be sure that you ask for the price before you get in the tricycle. Going-rates should not exceed PhP30.

See the map for the location of the Mergrande Ocean Resort below.

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