PAZ, ISP name 2016 Young Peace Weaver Awardees PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 13:28

In their continuous search for young peace advocates in the city, Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and the Interreligious Solidarity for Peace (ISP) have chosen 12 graduating college students to be this year’s recipients of the Young Peace Weaver Award.

The 12 recipients of the prestigious Award will be added to the roster of Young Peace Weaver Awardees after they passed the final interview and deliberation held Saturday, March 12 at the Zamboanga Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA) Peace and Development Resource Center, Macrohon Compound, Suterville, San Jose Gusu, this city.

For this year’s 20 graduating college students from the four universities and colleges in the city who applied for the prestigious Award, only 12 passed the stringent interview conducted by a panel composed of Fr. Angel C. Calvo, CMF, President of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and the lead convener of the Interreligious Solidarity for Peace (ISP), Prof. Ali T. Yacub, Al-Hj., President of Golden Crescent Consortium of Peace Builders and Affiliates (GCCPBA) and the Muslim Convener of the ISP, Ms. Rosie France M. Montojo, Project Coordinator of PAZ and Ms. Graziella R. Demabildo, Peace Education Coordinator of PAZ.

The recipients of this year’s Young Peace Weaver Awards were: Robert N. Basco (WMSU); Aira Tose (WMSU); Nikholi C. Canoy (WMSU); Hazra A. Ibrahim (WMSU); Jun Carlo B. Tangon (WMSU); Daryl D.C. Jimeno (AdZU); Feliche Mae M. Realiza (AdZU); Dan Ryan S. Reyes (AdZU); Jon Alvin M. Selisana (AdZU); Kaiser D. Abubakar (ZSCMST); Raymart B. Manalo (ZCSPC) and Cecile D. Visitacion (ZCSPC).

The awardees will be bestowed a Peace Weaver Medallion on their Recognition Day or Graduation Day. For this year there will be no awardees for the secondary students as there will be no graduation this year due to the implementation of the K to 12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd).

PAZ and ISP is recognizing graduating students every year who had demonstrated an outstanding personal record of involvement in project or activities which are peace-building in nature or contributed to the attainment of peace, harmony and understanding in his/her school and community.

Other considerations were they had performed an outstanding act which directly resulted in the development of promotion of peace, harmony and understanding amongst their peers or in their school and community; by their personal behavior or activities have achieved a reputation as a model of friendship, goodwill or communal/social solidarity.

Prof. Yacub exhorted the awardees to organize themselves and do something positive to the community. “They should exert effort in prevention of evil and advocates more to do what is righteous,” he said. — Albert F. Arcilla/Peace Advocates Zamboanga