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Cordi autonomy bill gains backing from public and private sectors

BAGUIO CITY, 20 April 2018 – The Cordillerans rallied their support for the creation of the Autonomous Region of the Cordillera (ARC) during the first public hearing initiated here yesterday by the House of Representatives.

“We strongly manifest our support on House Bill 5343 believing and recognizing that it is the most effective option to provide the region with sustainable development and to promote our cultural diversity,” Barangay Chairman Ferdinand Bucad said on behalf of the Liga ng mga Barangay Baguio City Chapter.

House Bill (HB) No. 5343 or “An Act Establishing the Autonomous Region of the Cordillera” seeks genuine autonomy in the region in response to their clamor for self-determination.

Regional offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Health, and the Department of Interior and Local Government also voiced their “full and unconditional support” for the bill, describing it as the “realization of their long-cherished dream and aspiration to manage their own resources and to promote our cultural practices.”

Business and civil society organizations such as the Cordillera Peoples Alliance, Filipino Investors Society, and Igorota Foundation also expressed support for the bill.

In their opening remarks, Cordilleran Representatives Marquez Go, Allen Jesse Mangaoang,and Ronald Cosalan jointly committed their best efforts in prioritizing the approval of the bill by the Committee on Local Government before the end of the 17th Congress.

For his part, Baguio City Mayor and Regional Development Council Chair Mauricio Domogan said it is both “an individual and collective obligation to make the people understand our need for regional autonomy.”

“Let us all continue to unite and work with our lawmakers for the realization of our clamor,” he said.

The draft bill, now with 19 articles, aims to guarantee the region’s financial capability without the diminution of their existing benefits and powers.

Among its salient points are: the continued existence of line agencies in support of their regional offices; payment of business taxes in the Cordillera region instead of the National Capital Region (NCR); an 80%-20% share of agency fees between ARC and NCR; and the continuous collection of their internal revenue allotment.

By | April 20th, 2018|CBA-CPLA, News|0 Comments

Carmen leads the way in Balik Baril Program implementation

Carmen, North Cotabato, April 19, 2018 — The municipal government of Carmen handed over more than 100 high-powered loose firearms to the 6th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, leading the rest of the province in supporting the national government’s Balik Baril Program (BPP).

Among those who witnessed the handover ceremony were Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza, and 6th ID Commander Major General Arnel dela Vega.

In his remarks during the event, Dureza lauded the municipality of Carmen for taking the lead in addressing the problem of loose firearms in the province.

“These (guns) are a symbol of your cooperation,” he said, pointing out that the handover was the result of the municipal government’s strong desire to establish a culture of peace in the community.

“We are doing this because we don’t want our youth to experience what we have gone through,” he said.

The BBP is in line with the Duterte administration’s determined efforts to address the problem of lawlessness, violence, and armed conflict across the country.

Dureza recalled that Carmen was once considered a military hotspot, being the site of numerous armed battles between government troops and rebel forces.

But he said the situation has turned around through the leadership of local officials in the province led by Governor Taliño-Mendoza and Carmen Mayor Rogelio Taliño.

Dureza said that through the peacebuilding efforts of the governor and mayor, the inter-religious and inter-cultural relations between Muslims, Christians, and Lumads have improved significantly.

“We need to learn to accept our differences. There is no longer a need for us to make a distinction between Muslim, Christian and Lumad,” he said.

Mayor Taliño said the transformation of Carmen has been dramatic. “Gone are the days that Carmen was looked upon as a war zone,” he said.

The mayor said his municipality is now at a stage where it is creating “more spaces for peace.”

For her part, Governor Taliño-Mendoza lauded Carmen for being the first municipality in the province to successfully implement the BBP.

“This is a manifestation of your commitment to peace,” she said. ###

By | April 19th, 2018|CPP-NPA-NDF, News|0 Comments

Trust fund to continue dev’t projects in 6 MILF camps

Taguig City — The Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) for Reconstruction and Development Program Phase II (MTF-RDPII) will begin implementation and continue the delivery of socio-economic interventions in the six previously acknowledged MILF Camps in the provinces of Cotabato, Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur, following the signing of the Program Partnership Agreements in this city last April 10, 2018.

The MTF, co-chaired by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), the World Bank (WB) and the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), is a multi-donor trust fund facility established in 2005 to consolidate international development assistance for the socio-economic recovery of fragile communities in Mindanao.

The six identified camps are Abubakar-as-Siddique, Omar, Rajamuda, Badre, Bushra, and Bilal.

The MTF is administered by the WB with contributions from the European Union and the Governments of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, the United States, and Spain. Roughly US$ 4.5 million has been allocated for the implementation of the second phase of the program with Community and Family Services International (CFSI) as the Trust Fund Recipient and the BDA as the Implementing Partner.

Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza, in a message delivered by Assistant Secretary Rolando Asuncion, expressed gratitude to the MILF, WB, CFSI, BDA, the international development partners and other partners for peace for their “zealous dedication to ensure that the Normalization track will move forward.”

In 2014, the Government of the Philippines and the MILF agreed to undertake measures for the transformation of camps by signing the Annex on Normalization as provided by the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

Since then, MTF has been proactively carrying out camp programs like livelihood, socio-economic, and infrastructure interventions as well as implementation of the Alternative Learning System (ALS). Around 70,000 individuals in 31 communities in these fragile areas have benefitted from these initiatives.

For her part, WB Philippines Country Director Mara Warwick guaranteed that the WB together with partners under the MTF are “committed to continue supporting efforts that enhance the prospects for peace in Mindanao.”

“We look forward continuing to accompany the government, and especially OPAPP, as well as the MILF in the pursuit of peace and development in Mindanao and the implementation of the peace agreements,” Warwick said in her remarks.

The signing ceremony was attended by OPAPP’s Donor Coordination and Partnership Unit (DCPU) Director Arvin Chua, Prof. Abhoud Syed Lingga of the MILF, Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan of the BDA, Dr. Steven Muncy of CFSI, and the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation Director General Juan Pita.

By | April 12th, 2018|MILF, MNLF|0 Comments

Monthly Report of Disbursements 2018

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FAR-5 FY-2018 (1st Quarter) with signed by SEC..pdf by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Scribd

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Monthly Report of Disbursement for March 2018..pdf by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Scribd

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FAR 4 January 2018 (Final) with signed of SEC..pdf by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Scribd

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FAR 4 February 2018(Final) with signed of SEC..pdf by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Scribd

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By | April 4th, 2018|Transparency Seal|0 Comments

GPH, MILF commit to sustain gains of the 4-year old CAB 

MANILA, March 27, 2018 – The Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) affirmed their commitment to pursue the milestones gained since the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) during the celebration of the peace agreement’s 4th anniversary held today in Pasig City.

In his remarks, Deputy Presidential Peace Adviser Undersecretary Nabil Tan commended both parties for continuing the legacy of CAB through strengthened partnership for four years.

“The Bangsamoro Basic Law is not just a part of the implementation of the CAB but is meant to address the commitment of the government with the MILF and the Bangsamoro people. The milestones of the peace process are a reminder of how far we’ve come after the signing of CAB in 2014.” he said.

The CAB is the political settlement between the government and the MILF that signaled the end of 17 years of intensive negotiation and started the normalization phase towards achieving peace in this war-torn part of the country.

Since its conception, CAB has been instrumental in maintaining a peaceful relationship with the Moro rebels, with socio-economic programs and security mechanisms put in place to ensure former combatants can get back to their normal civilian lives.

In a landmark event in the Bangsamoro Peace Process, 75 high-powered and crew-served weapons from 145 MILF combatants were ceremoniously turned over to the Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB) on June 16, 2015.

Another landmark in the cooperation between both parties was the creation of the Peace Corridor during the Marawi siege, paving the way for the retrieval of 255 civilians trapped in the war zone and allowing access of humanitarian aid to the displaced civilians.

In his message during the celebration, MILF Implementing Panel Chairman Mohagher Iqbal urged both parties to continue banking on the gains of peace process, asking the stakeholders to continue supporting the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

“The CAB, BBL, and the comprehensive peace process is not for the benefit of the MILF but about addressing the historical injustices suffered by the Bangsamoro communities. The peace process hopes to achieve the contribution to the prosperity and resilience in Mindanao such as job opportunities for the youth, education for our children, infrastructures, incomes for home-grown businesses, and delivery of primary services especially to conflict-affected areas.” he said.

The proposed BBL is a legal document which will operationalize the final peace agreement with the MILF. The Senate and House of Representatives are expected to pass the law in May.

“This long-awaited legislation (BBL) will serve as the core of a regional government, one that is stronger than ARMM,” ANAK Mindanao Party List Representative Amhilda Sangcopan said during the celebration.

“ANAK Mindanao believes that the true spirit of law-making is drafting the laws that address the needs and aspirations of the most-pressing interests of the Bangsamoro people,” she added.

By | March 27th, 2018|MILF, MNLF, News|0 Comments

Imams, youth sector, CSOs in Lanao del Norte support BBL passage

Tubod, Lanao del Norte — Representatives of the youth sector, religious sector, and civil society organizations (CSOs) in Lanao del Norte urged the House of Representatives to pass the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

The groups made the appeal during the 3rd leg of the out-of-town public consultations spearheaded by the Joint Committees on Local Government, Muslim Affairs, and Special Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity of the Lower House held here on Thursday, March 15.

Acmad Guro, representative of Imams in the Municipality of Matungao, said the BBL is the “win-win solution to the Bangsamoro problem.”

He also said the passage of the proposed measure is not tantamount to establishing a separate government.

“Hindi ho kami hihiwalay sa ating republika. Ibalik lang sana sa ang nawala sa amin sa pamamagitan ng BBL,” he said.

One of the issues the proposed BBL seeks to address is the forced acquisition of land properties of Muslims and Lumads dating back to the Philippine colonial era.

Aliodin Mica, youth organization leader from the Municipality of Munai, lauded the BTC version of the proposed bill for recognizing the rights of the youth.

“Nakalagay dito iyong kailangan ng mga kabataan ngayon,” he said while raising a copy of the draft bill.

The League of Bangsamoro Organizations (LBO), a network of more than 60 civil society organizations accross Mindanao, said it regards the BTC version as “the concrete roadmap to pave way for genuine and lasting prosperity in the Bangsamoro.”

“This will give justice to the people who have long been suffering the bitter pill of the decades-old armed conflict in Mindanao,” Emram Mohamad said on behalf of the LBO.

The proposed BBL, which was drafted by the 21-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte, seeks genuine autonomy and is set to address the political marginalization and historical injustices committed against the Bangsamoro. This version has been adopted by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez when he sponsored this as House Bill No. 6475.

The Joint Committees of the Joint Committees on Local Government, Muslim Affairs, and Special Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity are now holding committee meetings to finalize a substitute bill considering the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro entered into by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in 2014 and the results of the public consultations and hearings. ###

By | March 23rd, 2018|MILF, MNLF, News|0 Comments

GPH-MILF peace implementation panels gear up for BBL passage

DAVAO CITY — Representatives of the various normalization bodies under the Government of the Philippines–Moro Islamic Liberation Front (GPH-MILF) Peace Panel gathered here early this week to discuss ways to strengthen existing peace mechanisms and reaffirm their commitment to the peace process.

In a two-day workshop spearheaded by the World Bank and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), the normalization bodies recommended key activities they can jointly carry out, particularly in preparation for the passage and ratification of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

The normalization bodies have been instrumental in sustaining the gains of peace in Mindanao, particularly after the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the GPH and MILF in 2014.

In his remarks during the event, Deputy Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Nabil Tan said there is “a very good chance” the BBL will be passed.

Undersecretary Tan, who also chairs the GPH Peace Implementing Panel, called on the various normalization bodies to focus on strengthening security and confidence-building measures.

As a resource person during the Senate and Congressional public consultations on the BBL held in selected areas in Mindanao, Tan witnessed the outpouring of public support for the proposed law, which seeks to establish an autonomous Bangsamoro government and territory.

Undersecretary Tan emphasized the need for the normalization bodies to establish time frames for the implementation of joint activities, saying the GPH-MILF peace process is now in the “intensified phase of the implementing stage.”

“Let us persevere. Let us not give up. Let us continue to advocate that the Bangsamoro Basic Law is passed,” he said.

For his part, MILF Panel Implementing Chair Mohagher Iqbal, who was himself a resource person during the Senate and Congressional public consultations, said he remains optimistic the proposed law will be approved by Congress.

“All directions point to the positive outcome of the BBL,” he said.

Iqbal said this is the reason the conduct of the workshop was timely as it will help concretize what to expect when Congress passes the BBL.

Iqbal also said the MILF can be a more reliable partner “when everything is settled” through the passage of the BBL.

“We are in partnership mode,” the MILF leader said. ###

By | March 22nd, 2018|MILF, MNLF, News|0 Comments

Report on the Result Expended Appropriations 2017

Report on the result of expended appropriations for 2017 (1st Qtr) by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Scribd

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Report on the Result of Expended Appropriations (2nd Qtr) by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Scribd

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Report on the Result of Expended Appropriations (3rd Qtr) by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Scribd

By | March 15th, 2018|Transparency Seal|0 Comments

Statement of Allotments, Obligations and Balances 2018

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By | March 13th, 2018|Transparency Seal|0 Comments

Pre-Closing Trial Balance 2018

Revised trial balance Regular funds (1).pdf by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Scribd

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Revised Trial balance All funds (1).pdf by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Scribd

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February 2018 – Foreign Assisted Fund-2.pdf by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Scribd

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February 2018 – Trust Receipt-2.pdf by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Scribd

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February 2018 – Special Acct. Locally Funded-2.pdf by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Scribd

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January 2018 – All Funds.pdf by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Scribd

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January 2018 – Regular Agency Fund.pdf by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Scribd

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January 2018 – Trust Receipt.pdf by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Scribd

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January 2018 Foreign Assisted Fund.pdf by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on Scribd

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By | March 12th, 2018|Transparency Seal|Comments Off on Pre-Closing Trial Balance 2018