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Philippine peace mediator honoured

SYDNEY (Mabuhay) : The World Methodist Council honoured the work of Filipino-Australian, Joy Balazo, for her work in peace-building and mediating in the war-torn island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines at a ceremony in Sydney, Australia, on February 14.

The ceremony was held at the Methodist Wesley Mission.

Balazo works with the Uniting Church in Australia and Uniting World, an aid organisation that works to build peace in communities caught in conflict and violence.

Bishop Ivan Abrahams, the secretary general of the World Methodist Council, presented Balazo with the award, commemorating her years of service to peace and praised her inspiring dedication and commitment to sowing peace, even in the most difficult situations.

Her work has taken her across the region, including to Ambon in Indonesia, the southern highlands of Papua New Guinea, the Solo-mon Islands, Sri Lanka, the Union of Myanmar, India and Timor Leste.

She has since returned to The Philippines to support the work of building peace and sustainable livelihoods for the indigenous Subaanen people of Mindanao.

Others to have received the award include Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter and Kofi Anan.