About Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process or OPAPP is the office mandated to oversee, coordinate, and integrate the implementation of the comprehensive peace process. The agency was created through executive order no. 125, s. 1993 which was later amended in 2001 with the signing of executive order no. 3, s. 2001 as a reaffirmation of the government’s commitment to achieving just and lasting peace through a comprehensive peace process.

GPH-MILF Signing of Joint Statement 21 March 2017

Signing of the Terms of Reference of the Government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front Peace Implementing Panels were signed by Chairpersons Irene Santiago and Mohagher Iqbal with the new Malaysian Facilitator and/or Special Adviser Dato’ Kamarudin Bin Mustafa, on 21 March 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Also present during the meeting were Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Jesus G. Dureza, Usec. Nabil Tan, Usec. Diosita Andot, Asec. Dickson P Hermoso, Asec. Rolly Asuncion, Asec. Atty. Ma. Cecilia Papa, MILF Chairman Ebrahim Murad, and MILF Panel Member Abhoud Syed M. Lingga. #TayoAngKapayapaan


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Ceremonial Turnover of Livelihood Assistance to 127 Decommissioned Combatants

Ceremonial Turnover of Livelihood Assistance to 127 Decommissioned Combatants in Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

Present during the turnover are GPH Implementing Chair Irene Santiago, GPH Task Force for Decommissioned Combatants & their Communities (TFDCC) Co-Chair and OPAPP Asec. Rolly Asuncion, MILF Implementing Panel member Prof. Abhoud Syed M. Lingga, MILF-BIAF Spokesman Hon. Von Alhaq, MILF TFDCC Co-Chair Hadji Abdullah Pacasem, and DA Usec. Atty. Ranibai D. Dilangalen.

Agricultural interventions turned over for the 127 decommissioned combatants from Maguindanao and North Cotabato

The livelihood assistance include 103 heads of carabao w/ implements, 83 heads of cattle, goats, poultries, rice and corn seeds, rubber and fruit seedlings and fertilizers. The remaining 18 of the total 145 decommissioned combatants will receive their assistance from Region 10. #TayoAngKapayapaan

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Statement of GRP panel chief negotiator Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III on fresh NPA attacks

We are really saddened by these unfortunate incidents. We have communicated with our counterparts and they vowed to look into it.

In the meantime, we urge combatants to observe restraint.
We remain firm and confident that we can still proceed according to the agreement we just signed in Utrecht to swiftly reinstate our respective unilateral ceasefires while we work on the terms of an interim bilateral ceasefire agreement.

Statement of Presidential Peace Adviser Sec. Jesus G. Dureza on NPA Attacks

I am still here in Amsterdam and en route home after signing a joint statement with the leadership of the CPP/NPA/NDF and I am already getting disturbing reports of alleged atrocities by the NPAs like the recent burning of a bus in Makilala, North Cotabato.


Peace resumes; ceasefire restored

I am pleased to announce that the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the Communist Party of the Philippines/ New People’s Army/National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF) which broke down weeks ago, are now back on track again.

At the same time, a unilateral ceasefire that was also earlier terminated is deemed restored and reinstated but will be made effective only as soon as the respective forces of both sides are duly informed but definitely before the next round of talks in April, 2017.

The unilateral ceasefire is a prelude to an interim bilateral ceasefire that needs further meetings between the two sides to determine and agree on rules, necessary guidelines and mechanisms.The parties are expected to start discussions on the bilateral ceasefire during the planned resumption of the negotiations during the first week of April, this year.

The effectivity of the agreement on safety and immunity guarantees (JASIG) that was also ordered terminated by President has been restored to enable the NDF consultants and their staff who were in jail or otherwise constrained, to physically surface and join in the peace work.

President Duterte himself closely monitored the efforts taken by the negotiators while in Utrecht in the Netherlands in bringing about an early breakthrough in the talks with the facilitation by the Royal Norwegian Government. The informal talks took place March 10 & 11.

Speech of MILF Chairman Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim during the Launch of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the first Mindanaoan President of the Republic, Secretary Jesus “Jess” Dureza, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Members of the Cabinet and other officials of Government, Local Government, Excellencies of the Diplomatic Corps, Members of the MILF Central Committee and fellow mujahedeen, Brothers from the MNLF, Traditional Leaders, Sectoral Leaders, CSO’s, Media, distinguished Guests; Brothers, sisters, friends, ladies and gentlemen, let me extend to you our fraternal greetings of peace,

Assalamo Alaykum Warahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh, very good afternoon:


Speech of Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza during the Launch of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission

As shown in the video, today is another milestone. What had been promised before, what had been the dream of this country has been enunciated very clearly and vividly by the President, who is from Mindanao, is now taking another turn to use the language of Inday Santiago.