Preparing For A New Potable Water System In Barangay Puned

On May 18, 2013, our representative in Mindanao, Pogie-san, attended the first Partners’ meeting along with the Barangay Puned council chairman and other 8 council members to discuss the mechanics for the implementation of the potable water project.

Three days later, the first inspection of the water source took place with the Municipal Engineer and other selected community members. The inspection team was transported to within walking distance of the site by motorcycle and then hiked for three kilometers before arriving at the source of  the water.



The partners’ meeting convenes… Pogie-san is wearing the purple T-shirt.


The inspection team poses with the motorcyclists before setting off…


They approach the water source on foot…


At the water source.


Back at the village…

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Ground Breaking Ceremony

Over one hundred villagers attended the ground breaking ceremony, which was held on 25th May. Community leaders extended their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the chief donor, Mr. Doi and his family, and also to the organizations behind the realization of the project, RIDO (Reconciliatory Initiatives for Development Opportunities) Inc. and ANT-Hiroshima.

During the ceremony, local and Barangay government officials also expressed their willingness to contribute to the costs of labour and haulage.

Different committees were created to deal with various aspects of project management such as man-power, inventory, security, hauling, legal documents, food and so on. All sectors of the community have been consulted and included in the running of the project, such as traditional groups, religious organizations, youth and women’s movements, local government, Barangay government, police and clan elders.

The community members started digging on 20th May and pledge to finish the project on or before June 20, 2013.


The project banner acknowledges the donors and their roles in the implementation of the project.


Pogie-san addresses the audience.


Questions were asked and answered.


The ceremonial ground-breaking is about to begin…

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ANT Hiroshima


Peace Crane Center Launches At Zamboanga City High School, Philippines

The purpose of the Peace Crane Center Project is to provide access to peace education materials and resources and to serve as a hub for students and faculty as well as for groups and institutions within Zamboanga City.
The project was conceived after the a group of twenty three young Filipinos attended a Post-War Reconstruction and Peace Building Training of Filipino Youths conference, sponsored by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in Hiroshima in 2011.
The attendees formed an informal support group called “Familia Sumimasen” together with Tomoko Watanabe of ANT-Hiroshima.
The idea of setting up a Peace Crane Center was proposed by Aldrin Bucoy, the Executive Coordinator of the Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace, to partner institutions from Japan through Tomoko Watanabe and other members of the Familia Sumimasen.
The Peace Crane Center was opened at the Zamboanga City High School in partnership with the Department of Education-Schools Division, Tetuan, Zamboanga City, Philippines.
The Peace Crane Center commemorates the a-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The organizers donated peace education materials and equipment to provide the school’s peace hub more opportunities to share peace lessons in the various classrooms and also to enable the community access to its resources in the cause of peace. Donations to the center included a laptop and printer from Hiroshima City, books from World Vision and a local NGO, Golden Crescent Consortium of Peacebuilders and Associates.
School Principal, Dr. Felisa I. Munar accepted wholeheartedly the peace blessing and committed to further strengthening the campaign for the culture of peace not just to the students but also to its faculty and nearby communities.
Mr. Pedro Melchor M. Natividad, Superintendent of the Department of Education-Schools Division of Zamboanga City committed its strong support to the advocacy of peace in the city. The Deparment of Education  further commits itself to being a partner in the campaign to make every school a breeding place for peace. To that end, five more centers are planned for selected public high schools in the city.

A Photo Report of the Suimasen Family Peace Training Activities In The Philippines

Here is a photo report of the 10-day Peace Training Programme for Young Leaders which took place at the Ifugao State University in The Philippines from 7th to 16th February this year.We reported the event in a previous blog post titled Hiroshima Nagasaki Exhibition At Mindanao so in today’s post we’d like to show you some photos of some of the people who took part in some of the other activities.

pogi1Tomoko Watanabe travelled to the Philippines as part of the “Suimasen Family” group. The “Suimasen Family” consists of two loose networks of volunteers, one based in Japan and the other in the Philippines.

The photos show various members of these networks as well as JICA and other participants.

In this photo (right) Abdul Hamidullah – whose nickname is “Pogi-san” – is in a cafe on Luson Island with Tomoko and other members of the Suimasen Family group. They are all eating some famous Philippine style ice cream.

Pogi-san is the president of an NGO which provides safe drinking water for small communities in Lanao province, Mindanao.


This photo (left) is of Kouno-san, a member of the Japanese Suimasen Family group.

He travelled to the Philippines  with Tomoko-san and is busy tucking into some ice-cream! Kouno-san is a professional peace education facilitator at Ifugao State University and runs his own education NPO in the Philippines.

In the next photo (below), we can see Komiya-san (wearing a checked shirt and looking at the camera). Komiya-san is a member of Suimasen Family and also the Japanese Overseas Volunteer Association (Seinen kaigai kyouryouku kyoukai).

He is a civil engineer who is responsible for the water supply project in Mindanao, which was set up by Pogi-san’s NGO.
Also in the photo is Aldrin Bucoy (black tee shirt) and Janice Almagro Jalali (yellow tee shirt) and Martha Patriarca (long haired woman). Martha works for JICA, while Janice and Aldrin are colleagues at the Peace Crane Center at Notre Dame of Jolo College, Jolo, Sulu, and Samboanga City in Mindanau in the Philippines.


Tomoko was in a hurry to get to her next appointment and jumped into a tuk tuk!

This is a common – and popular – form of transport in the Philippines.

Komiya-san is checking it out before deciding whether to jump in…

The the group also visited Luzon in the north, and while they were there they visited the beautiful Ifugao World Heritage Site (below), famous for its traditional terraced hillsides. Farmers have been working the terraced rice fields for over 2,000 years…

Luzon Island was the scene of a massive battle during World War Two and much of the area was devastated.


Here is a group photo (below) of JICA staff and Suimasen Family members, with Junko Hattori (sitting at the front in the purple yukatta). Junko is a member of the JICA staff and is a translator. She is also responsible for cultural exchange between Japan and the Philippines at Ifugao State University.


JaniceAlmagroIn this photo (left), Janice Almagro Jalali (on the right, in the green top) is looking at an exhibition of peace messages written in Japanese and English.

The peace messages were made by some of the students of Ifugao State University.

Janice-san established and directs the Peace Crane Center at Notre Dame of Jolo College, Jolo, Sulu, Philippines.


In this photo (right) Tomoko-san is standing in front of a Hiroshima-Nagasaki display with Akio Kimur.

Akio-san is a JICA overseas volunteer. Shi is working for two years at Ifugao State University.

The next two photos (below) show Pogi-san delivering a lecture during the peace training programme…


Here is one more photo of Pogi-san.

This time he is wearing a Japanese men’s yukata (a kind of light summer kimono) and addressing students as part of a Japan-Philippines cultural exchange and peace-message writing activity.

You can see up on the wall several peace messages, written in English and Japanese, by the students who took part in the event.

After the training programme was over, the group returned to Manila and held a farewell gathering of the Suimasen Family. In this photo (below) some members of the Japanese and Philippines Suimasen Family group are gathered outside the Cafe Via Maria, where they have just enjoyed some drinks and snacks before saying “Sayonara” – until next time…




Hiroshima-Nagasaki Exhibit At The Mindanao Peace Forum

Picture+3A 10-day peace Training Programme for Young Leaders took place at the Ifugao State University in The Philippines from 7th to 16th February.The theme of the training programme was “Postwar Reconstruction and Peace Building,” in the wake of conflicts between the Philippine government and Muslim separatists on the island of Mindanao in the south of the country, as well as a more widespread conflict with communist guerillas across the country.Over 160,000 people were killed and over two million people were forced to flee from their homes as a result of the conflicts in The Philippines over the last decade, exacerbating the widespread poverty that was one of the causes of the conflict.

Last year a delegation of Philippino Youth Leaders came to Japan as part of a peace study group. Earlier this year Tomoko Watanabe of ANT-Hiroshima visited Mindanao Island as part of a fact finding tour and ANT-Hiroshima hopes to become more involved in peace and reconciliation work in The Philippines as a result.

ifugaovolunteersThe photograph, left, is of a group of volunteers at the  who are representing the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Exhibit and the Mindanao Peace Forum in Ifugao, in The Philippines.

The activity was a joint effort organized by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), Ifugao State University and various Japanese and Philippino NGOs such as the Cordillera Green Network.

A group of Hiroshima residents also took part in the activity as “resource personnel” who helped with the various lectures during the ten day event.



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