PASAY CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) recognized 38 of its peace partners during ceremonies held on Monday here at the Philippine International Convention Center.

The occasion highlighted the crucial role that individuals, organizations and institutions have played in pushing forward the Comprehensive Philippine Peace Process under the Duterte Administration over the past six years.

In particular, the OPAPRU honored stakeholders for helping the agency implement programs and projects that are now enabling former combatants to successfully reintegrate into mainstream society and live as peaceful and productive citizens.

“We have been able to achieve all these major milestones because we have worked hand in hand and moved in the same direction. This has been the formula of our success,” OPAPRU Usec. David Diciano said in his opening remarks.

“This is not to say that our peace journey does not have its share of challenges. There were a lot of trials along the way but we managed to overcome them because we are united by a common goal,” Diciano added.

The awardees were composed of line government agencies, local chief executives, peace builders and advocates.

The following were the awardees under Policy, Governance, and Strategic Planning Service (PGSPS):

Ms. Amina Rasul-Bernardo

Amb. Rafael E. Seguis

DND Usec. Cesar B. Yano

Prof. Jennifer S. Oreta

BARMM Member of Parliament Atty. Jose I. Lorena

DENR Usec. Jim O. Sampulna

Mr. Jamil Faisal Adiong

ADDU President Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ

Atty. Reuben Dasay Lingating

Ms. Maria Victoria Z. Maglana

DBP SVP Ronaldo U. Tepora

PCOO Dir. Virginia Arcilla-Agtay

The awardees under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) Implementing Department/Joint Normalization Committee Secretariat (CID/JNC Secretariat) included:

BARMM Chief Min. Ahod “Murad” B. Ebrahim, Al Haj – MILF Chair and Bangsamoro Government Chief Minister

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) Philippines

Armed Forces of the Philippines-Peace and Development Office (AFP-PDO)

Philippine National Police-Peace Process and Development Center (PNP-PPDC)

The awardees under the MNLF Concerns Department (MCD) were:

MNLF Chair Nur Misuari

MNLF Chair Muslimin Sema

Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Usec. Arthur I. Tabaquero

The late MNLF Chair Yusop Jikiri (Posthumous Award)

11th Infantry “Alakdan” Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (to be represented by MGEN Ignatius Patrimonio JTF- Sulu and Commander)

Sulu State Colleges (SSC)

The awardees under Localized Peace Engagement Office (LPEO) included:

Davao del Norte Gov. Edwin I. Jubahib

Davao Oriental Gov. Nelson L. Dayanhirang

Davao de Oro Gov. Jayvee Tyron L.Uy

7ID “Kaugnay” Division, Fort Magsaysay

National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) Region 3

The awardees under Rebolusyonaryong Partidong Manggagawa ng Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army/Alex Boncayao Brigade-Tabara Paduano Group (RPM-P/RPA/ABB) Peace Process were:

Mr. Milo Ibrado, Jr.

Pastor Noel Villalba

Hon. Stephen Paduano

MGen. Dino Dolina (Ret)

DILG Usec. Cesar Yano

DENR USec. Jim Sampulna

Usec. Rene Glen O. Paje, Department of Social Welfare and Development (cross cutting from different offices)


The awardees under the GPH – CBA-CPLA Peace Process were:

MGen. Laurence E. Mina

Hon. Thomas A. Killip

Late Hon. Gabino P. Ganggangan (Posthumous Award)

Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office-CAR

In his closing remarks, Presidential Adviser on Peace Reconciliation and Unity Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said he hopes the agency and its various peace partners, will continue to build on the partnership they been built and nurtured over the years.

“From line agencies, to local government units, to civil society organizations, to the academic and security sector, it is through your unwavering commitment and steadfast support that we have come this far and achieved major milestones along the way,” Galvez said.

Specifically, he cited the gains achieved by the national government under the peace processes with the MILF, MNLF, RPM-P/RPA/ABB, CBA-CPLA, as well as those realized through localized peace engagements.

“Through our strong partnership, your members are now enjoying the dividends of peace and development,” Galvez said.

He stressed that “with OPAPRU’s expanded mandate, our agency will not only be implementing peacebuilding interventions, but will also be carrying out initiatives that aim to bring healing and reconciliation among our people.”

“As we help transform the lives of our beneficiaries, we are also transforming as an organization. And we have been able to do this because we have all of you, our peace partners, by our side,” Galvez said.

As the administration of President Duterte nears its end, the peace adviser recalled the vow Duterte made to the Filipino people six years ago, and that is, to honor all the commitment made by the national government under all signed peace agreements.

“We are proud to say that the President has fulfilled that commitment and is leaving behind a legacy that his administration can be proud of – a legacy of peace that is now being felt by each and every Filipino,” Galvez said.###