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.

Sustain gains of the peace process, address violent extremism

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Undersecretary Nabil Tan, the deputy presidential adviser on the peace process, said sustaining the gains of the peace process in Mindanao could help prevent violent extremism.

Tan, who has been actively involved in the peace negotiations representing the government in the talks with the Moro fronts for years, made the appeal during a forum on the Bangsamoro Peace Process and Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism on Sunday, September 17.

He said furthering the peacebuilding in Mindanao would discourage the emergence of violent extremism and radicalism particularly in conflict-ridden areas.

Tan provided updates on the developments of the implementation of the peace agreements with the government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MNLF).

He exhorted the need to support the overall peace process in Mindanao amid the ongoing conflict in Marawi.

“The crisis in Marawi is just a microcosm of things until and unless fully healed, conflict can erupt,” he said, adding that the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) “will actively engage in the social and cultural healing processes because they are very important.”

“The social healing and cultural healing is part of the Task Force Bangon Marawi, which OPAPP is a member,” he said.

 

“Poor governance, non-involvement of the youth, education, health, etc. these can be drivers of extremism because when hope is almost lost, which is prevalent in the conflict area, it’s a fertile ground for extremism,” Tan, chairperson of the government implementing panels dealing with the MILF and MNLF, said.

Sheik Zayd Ocfemia, chairperson for social affairs of the Zamboanga Peninsula Ulama Council, emphasized during the forum that wrong interpretations of the teachings of Islam, and the vulnerability of the people in the conflict-prone areas are some of the major causes of the violent extremism in Mindanao.

Tolerance and co-existing with other religions are at the center of the teachings of Islam, he said.

Quoting a verse from the holy Quran, Ocfemia said Islam is against the notion of using violence.

He said the Ulama or Muslim clerics in the country have earlier issued a fatwa or Islamic law declaring terrorism as haram or forbidden.

Ocfemia noted that they have laid down several actions to address violent extremism and terrorism through countering “the narrative of the radicals and the war mongers by instituting policies and programs aimed at reducing poverty, promoting social justice and equal opportunities regardless of religion or ethnicity.”

The Ulama also called on to strengthen “interfaith dialogues with the cultural and religious sensitivities of all groups in order to attract wider participation among Muslim scholars.”

 

Prof. Alih Aiyub secretary-general of the National Ulama Council of the Philippines, said the mixture of structural violence in Mindanao has provided a conducive environment for radicalism to emerge.

He said a comprehensive solution to address the social ills in the conflict-ridden areas should be implemented on the ground.

For his part, Rear Admiral Rene Medina, commander of Naval Forces Western Mindanao, said the military is tapping all sectors, particularly the Moro fronts to “completely defeat terrorism.”

“Security is a shared responsibility. It needs sustainment of partnership between the different stakeholders,” Medina said, representing Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, the commander of the Western Mindanao Command.

“The resolution of the Bangsamoro question is the long-term solution in achieving peace in Muslim Mindanao…It has direct and lasting impact in combatting terrorism,” Medina said, quoting Galvez.

During the forum, Peter Cheng, OPAPP program manager for Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi area, also provided the updates to the participants about the six-point Peace and Development Agenda of the Duterte administration.

Abul-Jalil Umngan, the area manager of Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA) for western Mindanao, also spelled-out the strategic direction for Mindanao “to operationalize the policy directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to push for the systemic shift to a federal form of government.”

“As such, we will be providing a mechanism that will bring the Moros together to forge unity; ensure their participation in the national discourse on federalism; and isolate the extremist groups within our midst. For this purpose, we will be at the soonest, convene the All Moro Convention,” Umngan, representing Secretary Datu Hj. Abul Khayr Alonto, said.

The whole-day forum was initiated by OPAPP in connection with the month-long celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month. ###

 

 

By | September 19th, 2017|MILF, News|0 Comments

Instagram Photo Contest

Attention!

Now is the time to showcase your talent in photography and your love for peace!

Join our Instagram Photo Contest. Here’s how:

RULES AND MECHANICS:

  1. Each photo must be anchored on this year’s theme: “Puso para sa Kapayapaan, Magkaisa para sa Bayan” with the following details:

Caption:

Date Taken:

Place Taken:

Hashtag:

  1. Selfies, groufies and multiple photos are not allowed.
  2. Each entrant may post only one photo per day during the duration of the contest.
  3. The winners will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judge with the following prizes:

Winner- Php 10,000

1st Runner-up – Php 7,000

2nd Runner-up – Php5,000

10 Commendable – Php, 1000 each

  1. OPAPP staff with their relatives up to 4th civil degree is not qualified to join this contest.
  2. Posting of photos will be on the 18-25 September 2017 every 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM only.
  3. Entrants are instructed to post in Instagram their entry with the hashtag and share it to either their Facebook or Twitter accounts.
  4. Photos must be original and not have been submitted for any other contests.
  5. Only minor color corrections are acceptable. Minimal cropping is also accepted.
  6. Watermarks and any other markings on the photo entry are not allowed.
  7. Entries must assure the essence of capturing moments as we see it, not as product of Photoshop or setup photography.
  8. Any changes to the original photograph not itemized here will render the entry ineligible for a prize.
  9. The photo must not contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.
  10. If the photograph contains any material or elements which are subject to the rights of third parties, or if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining releases and contents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph set forth in the mechanics
  11. Finalists will be informed ahead of the awarding ceremony through an email and voice call.
  12. Photo owner grants OPAPP the rights to use the photographs, with credit, in promoting peace in any medium deem appropriate.
  13. For inquiries and clarification, please email at aris.aglupus@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

PWDs supportive on BBL, aspire for further inclusion in the peace process

Representatives of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) expressed their desire to have a more active participation in the peace process during a forum spearheaded by Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre) held on 06 September 2017 in Quezon City.

According to an initial survey conducted by HD Centre, PWDs often feel that they do not have a role in or avenue to influence the peace process. Thus, the forum highlighted recommendations in ensuring that PWD rights and services in the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Government will be addressed and their participation in the peace process strengthened.

In his message, Deputy Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Undersecretary Nabil Tan shared the history of the country’s peace process and how the Six-Point Peace and Development Agenda aspired for a more inclusive environment in the Bangsamoro.

“We are all Bangsamoro, we live in one region and we are the same people that the revolutionary forces are trying to fight for,” Undersecretary Tan said.

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal seconded Undersecretary Tan’s statement as he acknowledged the rights and needs of the PWDs in conflict-affected areas.

“PWDs are much vulnerable in times of conflict. When we discuss the issues on them, it’s mainly based on charity.  But the moment they [PWDs] were involved in peacebuilding efforts, na-kumpletoyong equation,” Iqbal shared.

The morning session was then proceeded by three panel discussions conducted in the afternoon that focused on the following topics: (a) personal narratives that the PWDs faced in conflict-affected areas; (b) how the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Government can address the needs of PWDs; and (c) how to ensure that the Bangsamoro government provides the services for PWDs.

’Yong Persons with Disabilities gusto rin po ng kapayapaan, pero sila mismo ‘yong mga IDPs [Internally Displaced People] na mas nahihirapan. Kung may surprise armed conflict, hindi agad sila nakakapag-evacuate dahil sa kapansanan nila. Gusto namin ibaba na hindi lang kami beneficiaries, but we are also part of the government,” shared Suharto Hayudini, president and founder of the Association of Tausug with Disability.

Further participants from the consultative dialogue also included PWDs from Zamboanga, Wao and Parang municipalities and representatives from National Council on Disability Affairs, National Anti-Poverty Commission-Persons with Disabilities Sectoral Council, Philippine Coalition on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Philippine Federation of the Deaf Inc., Philippine Campaign to Ban Landmines, Swiss Foundation for Mine Action, Nonviolent Peaceforce, Davao Jubilee Foundation Inc., International Alert, Asia Foundation, Australian Embassy in the Philippines, UK Embassy, Moro National Liberation Front, MILF and Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.

 

By | September 17th, 2017|MILF, News|0 Comments

Statement of Approved Budget, Utilizations, Disbursements and Balances

FAR 2 – March 31, 2017 (URS).pdf by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Scribd

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FAR 2 – June 30, 2017 (URS).pdf by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Scribd

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FAR 2 – June 30, 2017 (Manual).pdf by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Scribd

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Summary of Approved Budget, Utilizations, Disbursements and Balances by Object of Expenditures

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Police helps sustain the gains of the peace process

ZAMBOANGA CITY –  The chief of the regional police office here on Tuesday said the improved partnership between security forces and the Moro fronts in Zamboanga Peninsula has helped thwart “potential crisis”  from armed groups.

Chief Superintendent Billy Beltran, director for Police Regional Office 9 (PRO),  said crime rate in Zamboanga Peninsula region has significantly went down in recent years following strong collaborations with the leaderships of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

“There were almost zero major incidents such as bombings that occurred in Zamboanga Peninsula,” he said during a “Peace Forum,” which was attended by the top brass of the police regional office.

“We were able to avert potential crisis situations because our close coordinations with the Moro fronts.”

“We felt the need to seal the gains,  that’s why we invited them (MNLF and MILF) and show our appreciation,” he said.

He said it is very important for the police to fully understand and appreciate the overall peace process.

“It is very important for the policemen to understand the peace process and its protocols.  We always put premium to sustain the gains of the peace process,” Beltran said.

“We are very careful not to bring distrust among the parties,” he said.

According to him,  the police has set up several mechanisms to regularly coordinate with the Moro fronts.

“That process is already embedded in our organization.  We have people in charge to directly communicate and collaborate with the Moro fronts,” he said.

“We needed to get in touch with them every now and then.  We want them to know that we are thankful and share our milestones to them,” Beltran said.

During the forum, Peter Cheng, program manager of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) for Western Mindanao,  provided updates to the top police officers  of the six-point Peace and Development Agenda.

Cheng said the office has conducted several peace tables across the country to initiate peace conversations.

“OPAPP is engaging different sectors.  More than 10 peace table have been conducted,” he said.

In parallel,  OPAPP is also implementing more than 200 projects across Zamboanga Peninsula like,  and island provinces of Basilanz Sulu,  and Tawi-tawi under the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn or PAMANA.

PAMANA aims to extend development interventions to isolated, hard-to-reach, conflict-affected communities to ensure that they are not left behind.

For his part,  Lt. Col. Abdurasad Sirajan,  action officer of GPH-AHJAG for Western Mindanao,  briefed top police officers in Zamboanga Peninsula on the development of the southern peace process.

He said there’s a need for the security forces to put premium to the peace process to address the growing threat of radicalism in Mindanao.

“We need to protect the primacy of the peace process amid threats from terrorist groups,” he said.

The Peace Forum is an annual event initiated by the Police to deepen their collaboration with the Moro fronts and update on the developments of the peace process. ###

By | September 6th, 2017|MILF, News|0 Comments

Binibini Pilinas Elizabeth Clenci takes National Peace Ambassador title

PASIG CITY – Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2017 Elizabeth Durado Clenci formally accepts the role as one of the National Peace Ambassadors in line with the mandate of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) to pursue and promote just and lasting peace, and sustainable development.

In a letter addressed to the Presidential Peace Adviser Sec. Jesus G. Dureza, Clenci put a premium on promoting open dialogue, mutual respect and understanding, and strengthening the desire for unity in humanity to attain perpetual peace.

“As an empowered woman, I also believe that achieving long-lasting peace is not about taking up arms; it is about educating and helping our fellowmen, especially those who are impoverished, to be productive and participative citizens of our country,” she stated in the same letter.

“We need to focus on being able to co-exist despite our differences; it is the strength of our country,” Clenci said, underscoring that equality and acceptance of cultural diversity is the key in uniting the country.

National Peace Ambassadors take on a vital role of promoting and communicating peace building efforts and initiatives to the general public, to encourage more people to engage and be involved in building a culture of peace.

Clenci is set to represent the Philippines in the upcoming Miss Grand International 2017 on 25 October 2017, and has chosen peace to be her main advocacy.

Student Grant Certificates awarded to 196 student beneficiaries

One hundred ninety-six (196) student beneficiaries from Midsayap, Tacurong and Cotabato City were awarded grant certificates for the school year 2016-2017 as part of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) – Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Study Grant Program during a series of workshops facilitated by the two agencies from 29 to 31 August 2017.

The event, entitled “INFO-EX: A Conversation with the 2016 OPAPP/PAMANA-CHED Student Grant Program Beneficiaries”, is part of the monitoring and evaluation mechanism of the program under the GPH-MNLF Peace Table to gather feedback from the beneficiaries to improve its implementation.

The workshops were conducted to convene the 2016 student grantees in Zamboanga Peninsula (Region IX), Northern Mindanao (Region X), Davao Region (Region XI) and ARMM, and to provide an avenue for exchange of information between CHED and OPAPP as service providers, and the students as beneficiaries and implementation partners.

Among the concerns raised were the intricacies of the guidelines and the setbacks in the process of application for the assistance. CHED and the beneficiaries agreed to address them in a series of meetings after the event.

Gypsy Buisan, one of the grantees who is on her senior year taking up Bachelor of Arts and Communications in STI College, Cotabato City, extended her utmost gratitude and regarded the program as one of her milestones to realize her dreams.

Nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila (OPAPP) dahil isa ang OPAPP sa naging bridge kung ano at sino ako ngayon. Although hindi pa ako naka-graduate, alam ko na may pangarap ako at goal ako na dapat marating,” she affirmed in front of around 80 students who compose the 1st batch of beneficiaries for school year 2017-2018 in Cotabato CIty.

“I’m encouraging all na mag-aral nang mabuti dahil itong assistance na binibigay ng OPAPP ay malaking tulong sa pamilya ninyo. May lima akong kapatid and I am the eldest. Iyong perang naibibigay sa akin ng OPAPP ay ibinibigay ko sa parents ko dahil alam ko kung gaano kahirap kitain ang pera na pinang-aaral sa akin. As a grantee, please do your best na mag-aral nang mabuti at huwag mawala sa assistance ng OPAPP,” she urged.

On 4 April 2013, a Joint Memorandum Circular between OPAPP and CHED was signed for the implementation of the Study Grant Program. This was intended to financially aid the members of groups with existing peace agreements with the government or their next of kin for college education.

Under the same program, student grantees who are deemed qualified for the study grant will be provided with Php5000.00 per semester. From 2013 to 2016, a total of one thousand two hundred ninety (1,290) student beneficiaries attributed to the GPH-MNLF Peace were provided Php 10,000 per year to cover school expenses such as tuition, monthly living and book allowances.

 

 

By | September 4th, 2017|MILF, News|0 Comments

Peace month 2017 to highlight compassion, unity among Filipinos

Puso para sa Kapayapaan, Magkaisa para sa Bayan,” is the theme for this year’s celebration of National Peace Consciousness Month. Rather than just talk about change, the theme reflects the positive change we want our country to achieve.

The theme also reminds us to put a little more understanding and respect to one another so that despite our many differences, having a diverse culture can be the strength of our country.

In his message for the Peace Month, Deputy Peace Adviser Undersecretary Nabil Tan also encouraged the Filipino people to be active participants to the peace process and be advocates of peace, “Let us find ways in which we can contribute to the ongoing peace process and become catalysts of peace, unity and understanding in our respective communities.”

“I believe that all of us can be peace builders. Let us start now,” he added.

OPAPP Undersecretary Diosita T. Andot also called on the Filipino people to unite so we can withstand the challenges our country experiences, “Nowadays, we say PUSO when we are passionate about something, expressing our strong feelings and emotions in an ardent way. As we celebrate the National Peace Consciousness Month this September, our PUSO for peace should be highlighted, as we reflect on our gains to promote social healing and peacebuilding on our nation.

We would like to invite everyone to unite for our common goal in withstanding the challenges our country faces and ensuring a just and lasting peace to all Filipinos. PUSO PARA SA KAPAYAPAAN, MAGKAISA PARA SA BAYAN.”

Pursuant to the thrust of the government to instill greater consciousness and understanding among the Filipino people on the comprehensive peace process and to sustain institutional and popular support for participation in the promotion of building a culture of peace, the month of September was declared as the “National Peace Consciousness Month” by virtue of Proclamation No. 675 dated July 2004.

The same Proclamation mandates the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) to be the lead government agency to coordinate and monitor the observance of the National Peace Consciousness Month.

OPAPP, together with national and local government agencies, will be conducting nationwide peace and development related events and activities. To formally launch the Peace Month, OPAPP will simultaneously celebrate Eid’l Adha on 1 September within 4 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps situated in Iligan City.

This year’s Peace Month highlight is the “Peace Buzz”. It is a peace caravan that will roam nationwide to bring the government’s peace initiatives on the ground. The Peace Buzz will kick off in Baguio City, and will make stops in Quezon City, Legazpi City, Catbalogan City, Butuan City, Davao City, Iligan City. It will conclude its journey in Marawi City, in time for the Closing Ceremony of the Peace Month.

Aside from the Peace Buzz, OPAPP will also conduct series of fora that aims to educate different stakeholders about the peace process. Other Peace Month activities include contests that target the youth such filmmaking, photography, and spoken word competition. ###

STATEMENT OF PRESIDENTIAL ADVISER JESUS G. DUREZA ON DND CLEARANCE REVOCATION OF FORMER MARAWI MAYOR SOLITARIO & SONS

After a speedy review made by the Department of National Defense on the basis of the inclusion of former Marawi Mayor Omar Solitario and his two (2) sons in the list to be arrested pursuant to the declaration of martial law, Secretary Delfin Lorenzana found basis for their being retained in the arrest list and ordered the cancellation of their temporary clearance.

The clearance was intended in our efforts to facilitate their planned meeting with Secretary Lorenzana and be allowed safe passage through martial law checkpoints.

The message I received today from Sec. Lorenzana said:

“Based on the vehement objections of the AFP, PNP and local leaders in Marawi & Lanao Sur, I have recalled/cancelled the clearance I gave to Solitario and his two sons effective today. They are now subject to arrest.”

We submit to the judgment call of Defense Secretary Lorenzana.

By | August 22nd, 2017|MILF, News|0 Comments