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Asia Pacific Augistinian Conference

Commission on Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation

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The Commission on Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation proposes workshops to sensitize religious and Augustinian lay partners to address challenges of poverty and misery.

Models of workshops are designed for schools, colleges and universities.  The actual representation at the UN services will be reinforced.

 

APAC COMMISSION ON JUSTICE AND PEACE AND PEACE & INTEGRITY OF CREATION (JPIC) 2012 - 2014

Proposal 5 of the APAC Convention of 2012 stated: “That the Commission on Justice and Peace and Peace & Integrity of Creation (JPIC) shall work with UN team for the development of skills and advocacy and research leading to structural change in society. We ask the new commission to propose future structures related to JPIC.”

Given the varied issues and concerns that JPIC needed to address, the Commission met on several occasions and acted collectively in response to challenges and pressing needs. One such challenge was the quick, common and unified response to the needs of typhoon Sendong in Mindanao. The Commission recommended Point Persons from among JPIC Members, in particular the ASOLC in Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro.

The challenge for JPIC to respond to climate change led the JPIC Commission to think of a possibility to create an APAC Quick Response Team (AQRT) to be able to respond immediately to victims of calamities. The destruction on people’s lives and properties caused by typhoon Yolanda led JPIC Commission to establish network with government/non-government organizations for support and facilitation of services

A joint collaboration as Augustinians in Technical Training on Disaster Risk Reduction and Rescue Operation (DRRRO) was planned. A whole-day Conference was held last October 30, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the La Consolacion Convent, San Juan City for a little less than a hundred participants from JPIC Member – Congregations. They had fruitful discussion and sharing of their experiences and preventive measures in times of calamities.

Another 2012 APAC Convention Resolution was for JPIC to network with other existing NGOs who are directly involved on Justice and Peace works. APAC-JPIC has open lines of communication with the Mission Partners of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP). Conferences on updates on peace situations had facilitated updates on current events to members/guests.

Another resolution of the APAC Convention 2012 suggested that the Commission on JPIC invite a Group similar to those at the UN-NGO. Sister Cresencia Lucero, SFIC, a long-enduring member of the Franciscan International (F.I) which has its Regional Office for Asia-Pacific in Geneva and in Bangkok, was invited as Resource Person.

A conference was held with Sr Cresencia Lucero last August 24, 2013 in line with the Commission’s attempt to understand what APAC-JPIC’s working with UN Team requires and what its implications are. On another occasion, JPIC Commission invited Fr John Szura OSA who had long been involved with U.N. works of the Augustinian Order. Furthermore the new APAC Commission is asked to propose future structures related to JPIC.

APAC-JPIC Commission was challenged by the projects and collaboration with other branches of the Augustinian family who have travelled jointly with a representative of the Augustinians of the Assumption (AA) to a UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) symposium, and to reconsider our UN presence.

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