The Country Meeting of the URI Cooperation Circles (CC) from all over the Philippines took place for the first time on October 31 – November 1, 2007 at the URI SEAP Regional Coordinating Office in Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
Five out of the six existing CCs in the archipelago participated. The leaders and representatives who were able to attend the meeting were: 1) Marites Africa (Peacemakers’ Circle CC leader); 2) Dr. Jo Kashim (Peacemakers’ CC member & URI MI Phil. Team member); 3) Sr. Sandra Clemente (URI-SEAP Global Trustee/ Regional Chair, & Kalinaw CC leader form Cebu); 4) Mr. Musa Sanguila (Pakigdait CC leader from Mindanao); 5) Mr. Boni Quirog (Bohol Goowill Volunteers CC leader CC); and 6) Mr. Ludwig Quirog (TULAY CC leader from Bohol). They were also joined by 7) Dr. Shakuntala Vaswani (URI-SEAP Regional Coordinator & Peacemakers’ Circle CC member), and 8) Mr. Orlan de Guzman, Jr. (URI-SEAP Reg’l Info.&Com. Officer & Peacemakers’ CC member).
As the two-day meeting progressed, more serious matters were taken up which includes URI leadership and organizational structure in the region, as well as evaluation of communications and CC-building. After an assessment of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges in the country, the members came up with plans and recommendations towards strengthening further the URI work in this part of the region.
In the coming months the CCs will engage in consistent and meaningful communications to strengthen leadership, plant new CCs, mobilize the youths and produce local audio visual materials for promoting URI work and peacebuilding workshops.
for more photos click on this link: http://uripilipinas.blogspot.com/2008/01/uri-philippines-first-country-meeting.html
GLOBAL COUNCIL TRUSTEE SELECTION
The first stage of the Trustee Selection Process ended on November 15, 2008 with the closing of the nominations of Candidates.
In the Southeast Asia Pacific region 10 CCs had filed their eligibility forms.
A total of 5 candidates have been nominated from the region. They are :
Dr. Amir Farid Isahak from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Ms.Marites Africa from Manila, Philippines
Sr. Sandra Clemente, RSCJ from Cebu, Philippines
Mr. Musa Sanguila from Mindanao, Philippines
Ms. Jessie Kaur-Singh from Melbourne, Australia.
The second stage is the elections of the THREE Trustees for a three year term on the Global Council.
The CCs eligible to vote will deliberate and will be casting their ballots between January 14 and April 4, 2008.
The Election results will be announced on April by e-mail and by the web.