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Manila and Iligan City Meet's Virtually Through PeaceTech's Mass Video Conference Series

Students from Manila and a city thousands of kilometers away, Iligan City talked with one another seamlessly as if they were talking face to face. This was made possible by the Mass Video Conference technology used by PeaceTech and funded by AusAID and supported by the Office of the Presidential Advisor on the Peace Process (OPAPP), the Department of Education and other institutions.

Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Manila and Mindanao State University - IIT became the host to the second PeaceTech Mass Video Conference series for the 2010-2011 phase of their program. PeaceTech started the MVC in 2006 with a dialogue between Manila and Kabacan in Mindanao.

The topic for the February 1 Mass Video Conference was about Building Understanding Through Technology and discusses the ways on how prejudice and discrimination among Muslims and Non-Muslims in the Philippines. Prof. Jamail Kamlian and Prof. Jane Aspirin shared their stories on how they had been discriminated and how they overcome it and became an inspiration to further promote peace and understanding.

Undersecretary Luisito Montalbo of the Office of the Presidential Advisor on the Peace Process (OPAPP) was also present and serves as a resource speaker. Montalbo talks about the ways by which understanding can be made possible despite the cultural and religious differences. Later on in the program OPAPP also shared the various peace related activities which will be happening in line with the February 25 People Power Celebration.

About 5,000 participants from Manila and Iligan joined PeaceTech's second Mass Video Conference. Robin Pettyfer, PeaceTech founder shared his enthusiasm and how happy he was to see that the program is finally taking roots and he hopes that soon Peace Eduation will be included in the curriculum of the education in the Philippines.

PeaceTech Mass Video Conference was hosted by Atom Araullo for Manila and Baicon Macaraya for Minddanao.

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