Understanding the peace and security situation in the Philippines should not be limited to an overview and analysis of formal institutions and structures, but informal institutions, norms and cultures, as well.
Following the framework on the varieties of peace (Olivius and Åkebo, 2021) and context-sensitive approaches of peacebuilding (Kurtenback, 2020), and the possibilities to integrate peacebuilding at different levels (McCandless, Abitbol, and Donais, 2015), the study seeks to capture and present the perceptions the local community, NGOs and the security sector regarding of “peace” in Masinloc, Zambales, and how the current territorial dispute between the Philippines and China impacts their understanding of security and conflict.
The research, done through a series of focused group discussions and key informant interviews, aims to explore and expound on notions of peace among locals, as well as the pillars of peace found in these areas such as physical integrity, human rights, and conflict transformation.
Oliver John Quintana, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
Beatriz Beato, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
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