Two of our senior staff members are set to travel to the United States of America as part of their work and of their career growth at PeaceBuilders Community.

Tala Alngag (Twinkle Bautista) will be leaving for Harrisonburg, Virginia this 21 August. She is accepted to the graduate program of Eastern Mennonite UniversityCenter for Justice and Peacebuilding. She will be finishing the course Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation from SY-2018 to SY-2020.

Tala comes from the Kalinga Tribe, one of the indigenous peoples in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Philippines. She serves as the Peace and Reconciliation Community Development Director of PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. She has been with us since 2011 working with indigenous peoples, church leaders, and youth in implementing peace and development (PAR) programs.

The degree is part of her personal and career development with us. She will be on study leave and we expect her to come back by August 2020 to fulfill her post as the Chief Operating Officer of Peacebuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI).

Sihaya Ansibod (Jobee Basas) is flying to New York on 13 August to attend the Indigenous Values Conference which will be held on 18-19 August 2018 in Syracuse University, New York. The conference is being sponsored by Professor Philip Arnold, chair of the Department of Religion at Syracuse University and co-founder of Ska-nonh Great Law of Peace Center with the cooperation of the Onondaga Nation. This Indigenous Values Conference will help enhance Sihaya’s global network and cross-cultural exposure. Her awareness of the relations between American and Filipino tribal leaders would help improve her capacity to implement peace and development programs among fellow indigenous peoples in the context of the budding bilateral partnership between leaders of certain Indigenous Peoples of the Turtle Island (North America) and the Indigenous Peoples in our archipelago.

After the two-day conference, Sihaya will be doing a learning tour for two weeks to visit various Indigenous Peoples’ communities in the US. She will be travelling with Joseph ‘Boyet’ Ongkiko, one of our senior consultants at PeaceBuilders Community.

Sihaya comes from the Erumanen Ne Menuvu, one of indigenous peoples in Mindanao. She serves as the Peace and Reconciliation Field Director of PeaceBuilders Community — Central Mindanao.

I have the joy and honor to send my dear spiritual daughters—Tala and Sihaya—off to the United States for their respective learning experiences and growth processes as peacebuilding leaders.

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