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Maffi as her friends call, manages the digital media platforms of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process. She is bossy - not in a pejorative way but being bossy and tenacious means she is passionate, goal driven, and ambitious. She loves films, filmmaking, books and anything about design, and hates serif.

Dureza: Peace process requires dealing with the past

PASAY CITY, October 17, 2018 – Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza on Tuesday emphasized the importance of dealing with the past in addressing the needs of those who are affected by conflict in the country.

“In the peace process, we need to have social healing by going back to the past. Hindi natin pwedeng kalimutan ‘yan (We must not forget the past),” Dureza said during an Interagency Orientation Workshop spearheaded by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) in this city on October 16.


By | October 17th, 2018|MILF, News|0 Comments

PAMANA projects to boost Camarines Norte development

LABO, Camarines Norte, October 5, 2018 – The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) lauded the local and national government for working together to implement projects that benefit their constituents in conflict-affected areas.


By | October 5th, 2018|News, PAMANA|0 Comments

Cayetano: I wish OPAPP to become ‘irrelevant’

PICC HALL, MANILA (September 21, 2018) – “I wish I live to see the day you are irrelevant.”

This was the message of Foreign Affairs Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano to executives and personnel of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace (OPAPP) in his remarks during the celebration of the agency’s 25th Founding Anniversary.


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Dureza to youth sector: Help address triggers of conflict

PASAY CITY, September 13, 2018 – Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza today urged the youth sector to help address the triggers of conflict to achieve lasting peace in the country.

Speaking to delegates at the opening the three-day National Youth Peace Table Summit being held in this city, Dureza said youths’ knowledge of the context of conflict in their respective areas is vital in the peace efforts of the government.

“You came from different areas, iba-iba ‘yung triggers of unpeace. Ang trabaho natin as youth, we need to address this,” he said.

(You came from different areas where there are different triggers of unpeace. As youth, you need to address this.)

Eighty selected youth leaders from previous summits in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are participating in the summit.

Dureza said the gathering can serve as a platform in which to share ideas to promote peacebuilding in the communities.

Iba-iba ang pinanggalingan natin, iba-iba ang context. But there is a common thread (in conflict). We like to learn from others also. In your area, alam ninyo ang gagawin.”

(We come from different places with different contexts.)

“The action plan (that will be crafted in this summit) must be specific to the area where you came from,” he added.

Dureza also challenged the delegates to expand peacebuilding in their own communities, saying they have a big role to play in advancing change in the country.

“You are the nucleus of a very capacitated group that will eventually establish your own peace tables … It is in the youth where we can see the initiative of change,” he said. ###

By | September 13th, 2018|News, Peoples' Peace Tables|0 Comments

Dureza: Biggest peace gain is support of the people

QUEZON CITY, September 3, 2018 – Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza today showcased the gains of the peace process since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016, saying the biggest gain of peace work is that “we have arisen the attention and support of the ordinary people.”

“That is very important. We can sign a lot of agreements but if the people do not support it, nothing can be achieved,” he said.

OPAPP formally opened this year’s National Peace Consciousness Month today with the ringing of the World Peace Bell at the Quezon City Memorial Circle.

For his part, Deputy Presidential Peace Adviser Undersecretary Nabil A. Tan called for unity in the pursuit of peace in the country.

“We are one in working to end internal armed conflicts and more importantly, resolution of root causes that enables unpeace,” he said.

Tan said the theme of this year’s celebration — “Mithiing Kapayapaan, Sama-Samang Isakatuparan” — is “a call for participative, collective, and inclusive approach towards our shared aspiration for a just, comprehensive and enduring peace” in the country.

Also present during the event was Eva Patalinjug, newly installed National Peace Ambassador and winner of Binibining Pilipinas 2017.

Patalinjug said she believes “we can bestow our future generation the light of peace and instead of darkness.”

“We can really stop war and violence and we can raise the message and awareness of peace,” she added.


Moving peace forward

A State of the Peace Process report prepared by OPAPP cited the successful passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) last July as one of the gains of the Duterte administration.

The BOL, which is under the political track of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), will provide meaningful autonomy and pave way for peace and development for all sectors in the Bangsamoro.

The government also supports the call of the Cordillerans for autonomy. In the early part of 2017, OPAPP submitted a memorandum to President Duterte requesting that House Bill No. 5343 and Senate Bill No. 1678, both titled “An Act Establishing The Autonomous Region of The Cordillera (ARC),” be included in the administration’s priority legislative agenda.

Aside from the legislative support, social protection is also guaranteed for former Cordillera People’s Liberation Army combatants.

Meanwhile, the peace process with the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa ng Pilipinas-Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPMP-RPA-ABB) continues to yield gains such as Community Peace Dividends that will jumpstart sustainable process of development in 100 barangays.


Peace and development

The OPAPP report said the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) continues to implement peace-promoting, catch-up socio-economic interventions in the countryside to ensure development in conflict-affected and conflict vulnerable areas.

For 2017-2018, the national government allotted a total P15.376 billion for the PAMANA program to improve governance, empower communities, and strengthen their capacity to address issues of conflict

The government is also implementing the National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security 2017-2022 as part of its commitment to the United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) 1325 and 1820 which addresses the situation of women in conflict areas and recognizes their roles in conflict transformation.

Another platform is the People’s Peace Table which ensures peoples’ participation in the peace process. It provides democratic space for continuing dialogues between the government and community stakeholders to surface, discuss, and clarify issues and concerns that are at the root of, result from, or affect the peace process.

The Indigenous People Peace Panel (IPPP), which was created in 2017, serves as an avenue for IP leaders to contribute to the development of GRP-NDFP and Bangsamoro Peace Process, as well as reinforce mechanisms and participation of IP convergence efforts by the government.

For the youth, the Youth Peace Table (YPT) was created to gather young peace advocates to further explore their capacities in building a culture of peace and conflict sensitivity.

OPAPP also responded to the Marawi incident last year by being at the frontline in the early recovery and rehabilitation of the city. Aside from being part of Task Force Bangon Marawi, OPAPP is also currently working on social healing and peacebuilding programs that aim to strengthen the social cohesion of Marawi IDPs and communities affected by the siege. ###


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