Psychosocial Trauma, Healing and Reconciliation Training of Trainers



An urgent and crucial training program post-disaster.
A critical capacity development initiative post-Yolanda.

SPARK! Philippines, Inc., in cooperation with Goals for Peace- Colombia will be conducting a Psychological Trauma, Healing and Reconciliation Trainer’s Training with Dr. Al B. Fuertes of George Mason University on December 13- 15, 2013 at the SGV I & II, Asian Institute of Management, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.

The training is designed to allow participants to develop an appreciation of human resilience and acquire more coping mechanisms by gaining a broader knowledge and deeper understanding about the nature and dynamics of psychosocial trauma, healing and reconciliation given the various forms of natural disaster and conflict that are affecting individuals and societies.

Participants will investigate the difficulties people and communities face in responding to deep personal and communal loss, pain, and suffering in settings of displacement, natural disaster, and protracted, violent conflict such as war or armed struggle.

The participants are expected to cascade their learnings especially to those who are directly helping in the relief efforts.

For more information please contact Mr. Joseph Navarro, SPARK! Philippines Project Officer 0916 396 9123 or send us your inquiries at as soon as possible. Limited slot available.


Dr. Al Fuertes was a recipient of the 2008 GMU Teaching Excellence Award and the 2001 AT&T Asia-Pacific Leadership Award. Al is a field practitioner and consultant who specializes in community-based trauma healing as an integral component in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. He travels extensively around the world, particularly in places affected by war, armed conflict, and natural disaster. Al works with government, religious, military, and community leaders, as well as NGO development workers, school administrators, teachers, youth, refugees and internally displaced persons. He is the faculty director of the global education program in the Philippines, a 9-credit summer course in Grassroots Peacebuilding, Environmental Issues and Cultures, and in Cambodia, a 3-credit winter course in Community Development, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Spirituality through George Mason’s Center for Global Education.

University Business Clinics inspires Dipolognons

UBC 2013 at DMC College Foundation

Magnegosyo na ta! (Let’s establish a business!)

These words were uttered by some of the students after having participated in the 1st Mindanao session of the University Business Clinics (UBC) at Function Hall of the DMC College Foundation, Inc., Dipolog City Zamboanga del Norte on November 13, 2013.


UBC aims to encourage and equip young people to engage in entrepreneurship.  In full house attendance during the said activity are DMC students and faculty members from the School of Business and Accountancy, School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management, College of Computer Studies and School of Teacher Education.


“I believe that the students, regardless of their course should possess the drive to put up their own business in the future. Establishing good businesses in the Zamboanga del Norte is the only way for the province to move forward.” said Ryann Z. Elumba, Executive Assistant to the Vice-President of the Student and Extension Affairs and Linkages Office of DMC College Foundation.


The P300 success story of Ms. Bernadette G. Manuel of Seon Kris Food Products of Surigao wowed the participants. Her zeal and determination to succeed motivated the participants to ask more about how she started and did well with her dried squid business. Ms. Manuel has touched the minds of the students to set up their own business even with just a little amount as their startup capital.


Ms. Maridel Dengal-Palpagan, Division Chief of the Business Development Division of the Department of Trade and Industry- Zamboanga del Norte also presented the Project Roving Academy and other opportunities of the youth to be funded by the government to start their own business.


“We are grateful to the organizers for bringing the University Business Clinics in DMC and in Dipolog City. We need more activities like this to continue to encourage our students and graduates to help in transforming our community by starting up with their own business.” said Dr. Dino Joey Cordova, Dean of Instructions of DMC College Foundation.


UBC is organized by SPARK! Philippines with funding from the U.S. Embassy Manila.

1st University Business Clinics held at Silliman University


The 1st leg of the University Business Clinics (UBC) was successfully held at the Multi-Purpose Room, Silliman University in Dumaguete City on November 11, 2013.

The UBC aims encourage convergence models to emerge through partnerships between the academe, the local government and the private sector together with the youth. A focus of the activity is the creation of communities of practice that will sustain the internal direction, character, and energy for entrepreneurial endeavors.

“Entrepreneurship is one of the best ways to address youth unemployment and serves as a critical path to sustainable development” said Jenny Lind Elmaco, Executive Director of SPARK! Philippines.

Ms. Dalareich Polot, Grand Winner of the Young Women’s Entrepreneurs Bootcamp 2013 and Mr. Raymond Abrea, President of the Center for Strategic Reforms- Philippines (CSR-Philippines) were the guest speakers of the UBC.

Some of university officials headed by Dr. Stella Lezama, Dean of the College of Administration and Professor Josefina Alcano, Chairperson, Entrepreneurship Program also graced the occasion.

The activity was designed to enable the attendees to learn more about the steps involved and discover the many resources that are available to support them.

A full house audience was able to hear Mr. Abrea’s talk on the principles in starting up a business and its implications to our society while Ms. Polot shared her life journey as a young entrepreneur in Bohol province.

“Doing business about touching lives. It is about having a grand vision and a day to day realizations” said Abrea.

Rising from humble beginnings Ms.Polot said that their business only started with five kilos of cacao but now producing eight tons per month.

In the afternoon, thirty of the most promising student-entrepreneurs got the chance to interact  and asked questions from the expert panelists.

The students were very thankful for the activity. One even said that “It was God’s answer to my prayer – motivation and inspiration”.

“ We are very grateful to your organization by making this event possible for our students. We hope that there will be another UBC next school year” said Prof. Alcano.

UBC is organized by SPARK! Philippines with funding from the U.S. Embassy Manila, November 13 for DMC College Foundation in Dipolog City (Mindanao),November 18 for Baliuag University (Luzon)

For more information on the project, contact Darren J. Gonzales, SPARK! Philippines Program Officer 0918 957 6309 /,

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