||Formerly named the Network of
Evangelical Peace Advocates, PARCOM was conceived in a consultation
workshop on March 2009. The working group saw the need to collaborate
in order to synergize their similarities, maximize the uniqueness
of each group, become comprehensive in reach and in depth, to strengthen
the advocacy and education among the evangelical community, and
to have a united evangelical voice. Among the groups who attended
were PCEC, Peacebuilders
of Christian Development Agencies (ACDA), MINPEACE (formerly
Mindanao Convergence), and Peacemakers
PCEC through PARCOM, hopes to explore the potential of faith-based
approaches to intervene or mediate in the peace process in helping
bridge the divide among peoples groups and between faiths, by continuously
engaging and facilitating inter- and intra-group dialogues, building
relationships, developing trust, searching for a common ground,
and working in synergy with secular initiatives, in addressing common
To have a united evangelical voice and presence in pursuing
peace & reconciliation through a comprehensive response to
peace issues at all levels of society.
is committed to help in the transformational church-resourcing
building ministries among the people of this beautiful but conflicted
archipelago. This commission is a practical articulation of a
Peace Theology—that is, advancing the Gospel of Shalom.
Shalom is understood as harmony with the Creator (spiritual transformation),
harmony with our Being (psycho-social transformation), harmony
with Others (socio-political transformation), and harmony with
the Creation (economic-ecological transformation).
PCEC envisions to initiate a Peace and Reconciliation
(PAR) Movement nationwide by establishing one PAR Community in
every province in this country. PARCOM is committed to equip and
train spiritual leaders, who have deep intimate relationship with
God, to lead this PAR Movement.
Definition of Terms
PARCOM is using the term peace-building as "a comprehensive
concept that encompasses, generates, and sustains the full array
of processes, approaches, and stages needed to transform conflict
toward more sustainable, peaceful relationships." Peace-building,
as a strategy, has many components. Among them are: conflict transformation,
military intervention and conversion, governance and policymaking,
restorative and transitional justice, environmental protection,
human rights, civilian and military peacekeeping, peace education,
activism and advocacy, trauma healing, and social-economic development.
[John Paul Lederach, Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation
in Divided Societies (USIP, Washington, DC, 1997, p. 20)].
A PAR Community is a group of community leaders—church
leaders, local government leaders, non-government organization
leaders, or any mix of these—who have expressed their interest
to have a working relationship with us and who have made a commitment
to embrace our Peace Theology.
A PAR Leader is a respected woman or man of peace
who is actively modeling as a person belonging to a PAR Community,
and who demonstrates a heart of a servant, a soul of a teacher,
a mind of a manager, and strength of a leader.
Chairperson: Bishop John Tayoto
Vice-Chairperson: Pastor Joey Umali
Secretary-Treasurer: Ms. Maloi Salumbides
Dr. Mariano Apilado (La Union)
Bryan Jay Nahag Paler (Metro Manila)
Rev. Edwin Arana (Iloilo City)
Prof. Jimmy Maming (Aklan)
Bishop Genesis Udang (Cagayan de Oro City)
Ms. Hermie Carillo (Davao City)
Bishop Efraim Tendero
Rev. Luis Daniel Pantoja
Ms. Susan May Granada
Pastor Boyet Ongkiko