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.
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. ###
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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MARILOG DISTRICT, Davao City (August 25, 2018) — Around a thousand members of the Matigsalug tribe are expected to gather at a local infirmary here tomorrow to avail themselves of free health and social services offered by government and private sector institutions.
The medical, dental, and social healing mission is a joint undertaking of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI), and the Buda Community Healthcare Center-Committee of German Doctors.
Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza said the activity is line with the national government and private sector’s efforts to provide much-needed medical and psycho-social services to Mindanao’s indigenous peoples (IPs).
“This is our way of reaching out to the IP community. We would like to make them feel they have not been forgotten and are now a priority of the government,” Dureza said.
He noted that a majority of Mindanao’s IPs live in far-flung, underdeveloped communities. As a result, their access to health and social services have been limited.
He said this is the reason the national government’s programs aim to promote the principles of greater inclusivity and participation, especially among the vulnerable and underprivileged sectors such as the Lumad.
“Our efforts must be focused on addressing the needs of our Lumad brothers and sisters. They should be given the attention they truly deserve,” he said.
Dureza also said by uplifting the plight of the IPs, the peace and security situation in the beneficiary communities — most of which are situated conflict-affected areas — is also improved.
“Peace and development should not happen one after the other but should take place simultaneously,” he said.
Around 170 volunteers have signed up for today’s day-long medical and dental mission, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, government workers, and members of the security sector.
Other cooperators of the medical mission include the Davao Seagull Resorts Development Inc., Davao Doctors Hospital, Davao Medical School Foundation Hospital, Davao Doctors College – Pharmacy Program, City Government of Davao, Davao City Health Office, Davao City Dental Chapter, 901st Brigade, Philippine Army, and the Philippine Pharmacist Association – Davao Chapter.
OPAPP’s Conflict Prevention and Management Unit (CPMU), headed by Director Ferdinand Jovita, will also conduct social healing sessions in the Matigsalug community.
The sessions will provide a venue for residents to openly express their fears, anger, and frustrations. They are also aimed at helping victims of armed violence overcome their negative experiences.
Similar healing sessions were carried out in Marawi during and after the five-month siege last year. These sessions were instrumental in bringing back mutual trust and respect among the victims and repair the social fabric that was torn during the incident. ###