Ramada Jose was one of the thousands of people who were displaced during the Zamboanga siege that destroyed more than 10,000 homes in 2013. Until now, she is living with the IDPs (internally displaced people) in Zamboanga. She was devastated by how the IDPs were treated in their communities even by the local government officials. Because of her frustration, there were people who encouraged her to run for public office as city councilor. She was able to attend the training conducted by the Women’s Peace Collective (WPC) through its Women, Peace and Security Project sponsored by the US Department of State. After attending the training, she consistently got in touch with WAGI through the social media network and sent her gratitude for all the learning imparted to her. According to her, “Sobrang daming aral ang nakuha ko sa training, satisfied ako sa mga natutunan ko, it’s a big honor for me, at mas advantage pa sana kung may opportunity pa maulit para mahasa lalo (I learned a lot and I’m very satisfied with the training, it’s a big honor for me and I think it will be more of an advantage to me if I will be given opportunity to attend more training that will enhance my skills more)”. Though the election is not yet over and it is not yet a sure win for her, the mere fact that she was able to utilize the techniques she learned from the training is already a one big step towards her success.