September 30, 2022 – As part of the National Peace Consciousness Month celebration, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity (OPAPRU) partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in the conduct of the 1st National Peace Education Summit last September 26-27, 2022 in Davao.

With advocates and exemplars of peace in attendance, the event sought to advance the integration of peace education in the curricular and extracurricular activities of both Basic and Higher Education.

DepEd’s delegation was represented by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Youth Affairs and Special Concerns (OASYASC) headed by Assistant Secretary Dexter A. Galban who delivered a message on behalf of Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Z. Duterte.

With inputs from the Office of the Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction (OUCI), Asec. Galban also served as one of the plenary speakers during the event and presented the Department’s efforts in promoting peace education.

Asec. Galban also highlighted ways forward as the Department advocates for peace.

“With the support of our Curriculum & Instruction (CI) strand and our NGO & CSO partners, we look forward to further championing the culture of peace in our schools through improved monitoring & evaluation,” he said.

To date, Asec. Galban has also been designated as the Department’s representative to the OPAPRU Government Peace Negotiating Panels (GPNPs) and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslims in Mindanao – Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (BARMM – MBHTE).

OASYASC has likewise been working closely with BARMM – MBHTE as the Department’s official designate to participate in BARMM affairs.