The intricacies of peace

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By Ging-ging Avellanosa Valle

Bahin sang Bubay

Friday, December 13, 2013


IT was a rare moment that does not happen every day prior to commemorating one’s natal day. Someone told me a long time ago that nothing comes by chance, that everything we do has been destined for us, and that it happens because it has been pre-planned.

Sometime ago I decided to put on hold my teaching career to pursue what I have started to study on, and that was putting a non-government organization under scrutiny and learn from the players of this particular organization on how they go about their peace and development initiatives among their beneficiaries in their areas of responsibility.

While the process was engaging, it was also not that easy, not only because it entailed rigorous discipline and persistence to sustain the momentum of one’s interest, but that in such kind of endeavors one also has to consider the so-called scientific processes of conducting a research. Doing so would require the best intentions that a researcher can muster or fall flat on one’s face.

If the outcome has finally reached a certain level that it necessitates the ‘litmus’ test, it would then require another round of personal ‘buffer’, such that one would persevere through the process.

Just like in the natural world we call Life.

I am five decades and six today “and still young” (and I quote ‘Marlin’ of the movie Nemo when he yelled that he was one hundred and fifty years old). I never thought that at this age, I would be actively involved in efforts towards peace in Mindanao. But who wouldn’t if the future of your children and their children (or your mga apo) is at stake.

Life is a constant change. That is what I learned yesterday.

And the reasons why non-governments mushroomed in this beautiful island are like the story of human evolution. The complications of real situations have given birth to beautiful sons and daughters among NGOs, (excluding of course the dubious ones whose creators are wicked, greedy and overly self-centered). These organizations were given birth not because of the obligation to procreate but to do something with people’s concerns and woes that are brought about by government neglect in the communities.

I hope though that those who were privileged to be present during the Mindanao Summit of Inclusive Economic Development of the Bangsamoro on December 12, 2013 will somehow find it in their hearts to see the strengths of the studies and learn from their weaknesses.

It is still a long haul for SUCCEED, Inc., but it was a giant step indeed.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 14, 2013.

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