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Michael Frank A. AlarMichael Frank A. Alar is an Independent Consultant on Conflict Transformation, Dialogue and Peace Processes for the World Bank Philippines' Stability, Peace and Security team for its support to the Mindanao Peace Process. For more than 15 years, Michael has worked, studied and volunteered for peace in countries that have included Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia and Turkey. In the Philippines, he has consulted for the United Nations Population Fund on Youth, Peace and Security and has worked at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue Philippines Office as Project Manager where he provided capacity building and technical support to Mindanao Peace Process stakeholders. Michael also worked for the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process of the Philippine Government where he designed and facilitated trainings on peace and conflict for civil society organizations, local government units, the security sector and the Bangsamoro Development Agency. He holds an MA in International Peace Studies from Japan, an Advanced Specialist Degree in Peace and Development Studies from Spain, and a diploma in Islamic Studies and Interfaith Relations from India, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Philippines.

Course for 2018: Introduction to Conflict Transformation (ICT)

Krizanti (Kriz) CruzadoKrizanti (Kriz) Cruzado is currently taking a Master’s Degree in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development at the Canadian Mennonite University in Manitoba, Canada. She served as Disaster Response Advisor for Mennonite Central Committee in Nepal in 2015 to 2016, and served as a Consultant and Extension Education Strategic Advisor for PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) in Davao City, Philippines. For 15 years, she has worked with various NGOs providing community development services, designing and implementing development projects, providing research and development inputs and facilitating capacity building workshops across the Philippines. While working with PBCI for nine years, she has facilitated PAR (Peace and Reconciliation) seminars, mainly focusing on conflict resolution and conflict transformation. Kriz graduated from the University of Southeastern Philippines in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Extension Education, and earned MA units in Development Communications from the University of the Philippines’ Open University Program. She is an alumna of MPI.

Course for 2018: Be the Change: Designing Transformative Justpeace Through the Power of Nonviolence (ANV)

Foundation for Media AlternativesThe Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) is a non-profit NGO in the Philippines whose mission is to assist citizens and communities in their strategic and appropriate use of the various information and communications media for democratization and popular empowerment. Since its formation in 1987, FMA has sought to enhance the popularization of development-oriented issues and campaigns through media-related interventions, social communication projects and cultural work. In 1997, FMA focused on the area of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to enable communities to assert their communication rights and defend their rights to information and access to knowledge towards progressive social transformation. It has since evolved into a proactive research and advocacy forum in the area of ICT policy and Internet governance. FMA seeks to develop programs and projects that strategically address the questions of access to and equity of disadvantaged sectors in the area of information and communications and in locating the so-called digital divide within existing socio-political divides, including gender. FMA also engages in regional and global governance spaces, and often plays a convening role in different initiatives and engagements in and for Asia civil society.

Course for 2018: Digital Peacebuilding and New Media (DPNM)

Deng GiguientoMaria Ida (Deng) L. Giguiento is the Training Coordinator for the Peace and Reconciliation Program of Catholic Relief Services Philippines. She is one of the two recipients of the 2015 Tanenbaum Peacemaker In Action Award. She is also a member of the Project Reference Group for a curriculum development project involving best practices of civil society working with security forces to improve human security. A grassroots peacebuilder from the Philippines, Deng has dedicated nearly two decades to using the conflict transformation paradigm in working with partners in Mindanao and in post-independent Timor Leste. She has trained men and women from Caritas International partners to local military officials. She has facilitated at MPI since it was established in 2000.

Courses for 2018: Fundamentals of Peacebuilding (FPB) and Human Centered Security: Reimagining Conflict Stakeholder Relationships (HCS)

Baht LatumboBaht Latumbo is currently with BalayMindanaw International Center for Peace in the Philippines and is a widely experienced Consultant and Trainer for 25 years in areas such as process capacity development, conflict transformation and peacebuilding, nonviolence advocacy, and lobbying. Baht is one of the founding leaders of ACTION-Asia and the former Chairperson of ACTION-Global (Action for Conflict Transformation) network from 2002 to 2007. For 17 years, he was a Professor for Conflict Transformation Across Cultures at the School for International Training in Vermont in the USA. He also was a trainer in Advanced Conflict Transformation courses for the Coalition for Peace in Africa and was a Visiting Tutor at Responding to Conflict in the UK. Baht has served as a trainer for Nonviolent Peaceforce for its field-team members. He is also an Associate Member of Karuna Center for Peacebuilding based in Massachusetts in the USA. Prior to joining Balay Mindanaw, Baht was the Deputy Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Course for 2018: Understanding Culture and Identity as a Resource for Peacebuilding (UCIRP)

Myla LeguroMyla Leguro holds an MA in Peace Studies from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in the USA. She has worked for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) since 1991 on peace and development projects in Mindanao. As the Program Manager of the Peace and Reconciliation Program of CRS-Philippines, Myla organized two major peacebuilding initiatives: the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute in 2000 and the Grassroots Peace Learning Course in 2003. She has worked as an international trainer in Timor Leste and Nepal, and has served as a resource person in various peacebuilding conferences in Colombia, Thailand, and the USA. In 2006, she was the first CRS-Kroc Visiting Fellow. Myla holds the distinction as being one of the 1,000 women collectively nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. Myla currently serves as Program Director of a CRS global program on Advancing Interreligious Peacebuilding, an initiative that covers four interrelated projects on interreligious dialogue and cooperation in Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Niger, Nigeria and the Philippines

Course for 2018: Interreligious Peacebuilding: Approaches for Cooperation, Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (IRPB)

Orson SargadoOrson Sargado is currently the Head of Office of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), overseeing the Mindanao operations. He has been with CRS-Philippines since June 2000. Orson attended short peacebuilding courses at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and at Eastern Mennonite University in the USA. He has been a peacebuilding and conflict transformation facilitator at MPI and at the Grassroots Peace Learning Course. Through the years, he has been engaged in various grassroots development and peacebuilding efforts such as community-based peacebuilding, interreligious dialogue, peace education, peace advocacy, peace governance, and emergency and peacebuilding. He believes in program integration as it leads to creating better results and sustainable impact to communities. Orson is now finishing a doctoral program in Development Studies at the Ateneo de Davao University. He lives in Davao City with his wife and three teenage children.

Course for 2018: Mainstreaming Peace Education in Communities and Schools (MaPEC)

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