LCF General Assembly Holds Forum on Peace-Building, Welcomes New Trustees


(in photo, from left: OPAPP ASec. Howard Cafugauan, AFP Brigadier General Marlou Salazar talk about the peace-building process in the country;  LCF Trustee Mr. Edgardo Amistad swears in new members of the LCF Board of Trustees Mr. Rosauro Luntayao and Ms. Camille Buenaventura)

Keeping with its Expo theme of "Taking CSR to New Heights", the LCF held a forum on the topic "CSR and the Peace-Building Process" in its General Assembly held 5 August 2011 at the AIM Conference Center. Two speakers from the public sector were invited to share updates and opportunities for peace-building: Assistant Secretary Howard Cafugauan of the Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process (OPAPP) and AFP Brigadier General Marlou Salazar, Senior Military Adviser to the Government Peace Negotiating Panel. 

ASec. Cafugauan talked about OPAPP's PAMANA (Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan) Program, the national government's peace and development framework to close the gap between what happens on the negotiating table and realities on the ground. Its objectives are to Reduce Poverty through community infrastructure and focused delivery of social services; Improve Governance by convergence of the delivery of basic social services; and Build Capacities of communities in addressing disputes and promoting peace through activities that ensure participation and inclusion. 

Brigadier General Salazar's talk focused on the AFP's Internal Peace & Security Plan called Bayanihan, which is anchored on the idea of "Winning the Peace" instead of "Defeating the Enemy". Under Bayanihan, equal emphasis is placed on combat and non-combat dimensions, where stakeholders participate even in the planning process. The presentation gave several options that members of the League might wish to consider such as capacity-building for civil-military works or development projects; sustainable development programs especially for marginalized communities; taking a stand against treating rebel groups' extortion and threats as "normal business risks"; and adopting peace-building as a CSR advocacy.

Another representative from the AFP, Ltc. Ronald Alcudia, was asked to share his experience in being a delegate of the CSR Expo for the last two years. Ltc. Alcudia said that it is quite an important step that the military has been able to touch base with LCF through the general assembly. There are many partnership opportunities between LCF members and the military that can help fill the gaps to resolve challenges to internal peace and security.

The learning session was followed by the Membership Meeting where LCF Chair Edgardo Amistad reported on LCF's accomplishments for the year and Expo 2011 highlights. Camille Buenaventura then gave the Treasurer's Report and shared Plans for LCF's Crystal Year. Vice-President for Programs, Ms. Gisela Tiongson, presented and discussed the proposed amendments to the articles of incorporation and the by-laws. The proposed amendments shall be disseminated to the membership prior to the next general assembly. 

The Membership Meeting also included the turn-over of a cheque amounting to P300,000 from Petron Foundation for projects of LCF's CSR Institute. Petron Foundation General Manager Malu Erni turned over the cheque to LCF Chair Ed Amistad and Treasurer Camille Buenaventura.

Lastly, the LCF welcomed the new members of the Board of Trustees: Rosauro Luntayao (Executive Director, Roxas Foundation), and re-electionists Camille Buenaventura (Executive Director, San Miguel Foundation) and Rafael Alunan III (President, Lopez Group Foundation). The official list of officers shall be disseminated by the Secretariat.