Message of H.E. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on the occasion of the 54th Founding Anniversary of the ASEAN | 8 August 2021

Message of H.E. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on the occasion of the 54th Founding Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) | 8 August 2021

By |2021-08-16T09:40:43+08:00August 16th, 2021|Features|0 Comments

Call for Nominations: ASEAN Prize 2021

Now in its fourth year, the prestigious regional award acknowledges outstanding ASEAN citizens or ASEAN-based organisations who have made exceptional contribution and shown exemplary work in strengthening the ASEAN community building, promoting regional integration, fostering inclusivity and raising ASEAN awareness.

The Community Affairs Director of ASEAN Secretariat Lee Yoong Yoong, who oversees the ASEAN Prize administration, said: “After a challenging 2020, ASEAN Prize 2021 is an opportunity to celebrate the indomitable spirit of ASEAN citizens in helping to improve our lives as a community. We hope to identify and recognise another ASEAN champion to inspire the region as we journey together towards post-pandemic recovery.”

According to the rules, the nomination should be submitted by at least one reference. Submissions must include the summary or highlights of the nominee’s achievements and relevant supporting documents since the launch of the ASEAN Community on 31 December 2015.

The Judging Committee, chaired by the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dato Lim Jock Hoi, and his predecessors, will review the nominations and select the ASEAN Prize 2021 Recipient, who will receive the ASEAN Prize trophy to be presented at the 54th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, and a US$20,000 cash prize. The ASEAN Prize is supported by Temasek Foundation, Singapore and Yayasan Hasanah of Malaysia.

Since its establishment, ASEAN Prize has been awarded to three recipients. In 2018, Erlinda Koe from the Philippines was the Prize’s inaugural recipient in recognition of her efforts to build an inclusive ASEAN Community by raising awareness on autism. The following year, Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, an ardent humanitarian leader from Malaysia, received the Prize for her contributions in championing humanitarian responses across the region and the world. Last year, the ASEAN Studies Centre from the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute of Singapore was awarded the Prize for their long-standing work in promoting regional integration in ASEAN.




The ASEAN Prize recognizes inspiring achievements and exemplary contributions of an individual or organization in fostering the ASEAN identity, promoting the ASEAN spirit and championing the ASEAN way. ASEAN Prize nominees should have exceptional merit in contributing to the following designated focus areas, taking into account ASEAN’s theme this year, “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper”, as designated by the ASEAN Chair, Brunei Darussalam:

  1. Outstanding collaboration between ASEAN Member States (AMSs);
  2. Outstanding collaboration between ASEAN and the world;
  3. Outstanding people-to-people engagement among AMSs;
  4. Outstanding economic integration and promotion of standards between AMSs; or
  5. Other outstanding contributions to ASEAN Community Building.

Award Nomination and Eligibility for ASEAN Prize 2021

  • Nomination starts on 1 February 2021.
  • The nominee must be an ASEAN citizen or an ASEAN-based organisation.
  • The nominee must produce valid/verifiable documents, and highlight his/her achievements and impact on ASEAN since the launch of the ASEAN Community in 31 December 2015.
  • The nominee should also share future plans in continuing the work after winning the Prize.
  • All nominations must be submitted to the respective ASEAN National Focal Points by 23 April 2021 (Friday) at 5pm (Jakarta time).

For nominations from the Philippines, please submit to the following:

ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Division ASEAN-Philippines National Secretariat
2330 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, Philippines
Tel.: 8344431, 8344470; Fax: 8321667
Email: [email protected]

The ASEAN Prize 2021 nomination form can be downloaded here or at



By |2021-04-12T08:05:19+08:00April 9th, 2021|Features|0 Comments

IGRB 2020 feats highlight Gov’t resolve to ensure success of BARMM

PRESS RELEASE (DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE) | 19 January 2021  — Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has said the  significant progress made in 2020  by the Intergovernmental Relations Body (IGRB) of the national and Bangsamoro governments underscore the Duterte administration’s firm resolve to ensure a successful and functional autonomous region in Muslim Mindanao. (more…)

By |2021-01-20T10:48:27+08:00January 20th, 2021|Features, MILF|0 Comments

Dagyaw: How the culture of ‘bayanihan’ is transforming communities in South Cotabato

MUNICIPALITY OF TUPI, SOUTH COTABATO (21 November 2020) — Nestled at the foot of Mount Matutum is a small municipality of less than 70,000 people. Despite being a first-class town in South Cotabato, there are still communities here, especially those in outlying areas, that do not have access to much-needed government services.

Sitio Glandang in Barangay Kablon is among them. It rests in an elevated area and is the main passageway to Mount Matutum. While it is surrounded by springs, the residents, mostly children, bear the brunt of walking several kilometers just to fetch water for use in their homes.

For years, the residents have been drinking untested, untreated water directly gathered from its source. This situation has caused the spread of water-borne diseases in the area, and has also made residents vulnerable to non-state armed groups.

“Hindi lang po siya problema sa tubig,” says Osting Tilo, Jr., barangay chairperson of Kablon. “Kapag hindi po naibibigay ang pangangailangan ng mamamayan, mas nagiging prone po sila sa pagsabi sa mga armadong grupo.” 

This is why Tilo is thankful for the potable water system built under the government’s Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program.

The PAMANA Program, which is under the oversight of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), aims to provide peace-promoting infrastructure and livelihood projects to residents in remote, conflict-affected areas across the country.

“Inaasahan namin na ang water system na ito ay magdudulot ng malaking ginhawa sa buhay ng mga tao dito sa komunidad. Hindi na ninyo kinakailangang lumakad ng malayo upang mag-igib ng tubig para sa inyong mga tahanan. Magagamit na ninyo ang oras na ito sa ibang mahahalagang gawaing-bahay at paghahanapbuhay,” said Dir. Cesar De Mesa, head of the PAMANA – National Program Management Department.

“Napakalaking ginhawa po ang nararamdaman ng ating mga mamamayan sa proyektong ito, sapagkat hindi na nila kailangang mag-igib sa malayong lugar para lamang magkaroon ng tubig sa kanilang mga tahanan,” said Tilo.

Sitio Glandang in Barangay Kablon is among the three recipients of a potable water systems worth PhP 7 million built under PAMANA. The other water systems are located in Sitio Acfaon in Barangay Bunao, and Sitio Lamflawan in Barangay Lunen. These areas are considered Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA), which makes them highly vulnerable to the threat of insurgency.

Improving lives through livestock production 

To improve livestock production, one of the main sources of income in Tupi, PAMANA provided a Php20-million livestock cattle fattening program to 625 farmers in 15 barangays. The initiative aims to enhance the productivity of farmers, and raise their incomes.

“Layunin ng proyektong na maging mas produktibo ang ating mga mamamayan at mabigyan sila ng karagdagang oportunidad upang kumita,” said De Mesa.

“We are very thankful to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process for giving us these projects in order to better the lives of our citizens. We may be a melting pot of tribes and cultures, but we share one vision for all: that is to improve our lives, no matter what ethnicity we belong to,” said Tupi Municipal Mayor Romeo Tamayo.

To ensure the sustainability of the enterprise, the local government also provided technical assistance to the recipients, such as trainings on cattle raising. The Barangay Affairs Office also conductsqq regular project monitoring to help address concerns which may arise.

‘Dagyaw’ key to project sustainability

“We already thought of ways to sustain these projects that PAMANA has given. In fact, our barangay leaders are very proactive and crafted solutions to fund the maintenance and operating expenses of the water systems,” Tamayo said.

“We involve barangay leaders and the beneficiaries in the process. We believe in the value of “dagyaw” — or bayanihan — to fulfill all these,” he added.

In order to sustain operations of the water system, Barangay Kablon organized its people and formed an association which has provided them a venue to discuss ways to better manage the project.

Dito po sa barangay Kablon, gumawa po kami ng asosasyon ng mga residente na naka-konekta sa ating PAMANA potable water system. Ang leadership po ng asosasyon ang siyang gumagawa ng paraan upang ma-maintain ang operasyon ng proyekto. May maliit po tayong sinisingil sa mga residente sa kanilang water consumption, at ito naman ang ginagamit natin para tuloy-tuloy ang daloy ng tubig sa mga tahanan,” Tilo said.

Nakakatuwa po sapagkat ang mga residente po ay sumusuporta naman sa ating mga inisyatibo. Nakikita rin po kasi nila ang mabuting epekto nito sa kanilang tahanan, at hindi na sila nahihirapan upang makakuha ng tubig,” he added.

According to Tamayo, the beneficiaries of the livestock program agreed to implement the sustainable methods they have learned from the LGU to ensure its continued expansion.

“When we spoke to the beneficiaries, we told them that there has to be processes and rules upang ating mapanatiling maayos ang proyekto. Once the cattle gives birth, the calves will be given to other residents so that they, too, will have an additional source of income. Kung mapilayan ang baka at nag-decide ang beneficiary na ibenta ito, dapat ipambili ng kapalit na baka ang pinagbilhan nito,” Tamayo said.

The beneficiaries immediately agreed to this arrangement, Tamayo said.

“You will see in their faces how happy they are that they will have an additional source of livelihood, that their lives will be better. And they want to pass it on. It’s like a cycle of goodness. OPAPP under its PAMANA Program started the good deed, and the beneficiaries continue to pass the goodness to others, no matter what tribe they come from,” he said.

Meanwhile, De Mesa lauded the municipal government for their best practices, noting that these should be emulated by other areas where PAMANA projects are located.


“This is really a best practice, because you don’t let the project cease. You made it a shared responsibility with the municipal government, the barangay leaders, and ultimately the beneficiaries,” he said.

“You planned for its sustainability, so that other generations may benefit from it, too. I hope other local governments will have this kind of plan so that our projects become more sustainable,” De Mesa added.

As for Mayor Tamayo and Chairman Tilo, they have no doubt that the PAMANA projects will continue to have an impact in their communities — as long as the spirit of “dagyaw” remains in the hearts of their people. ###

By |2020-11-27T10:55:20+08:00November 21st, 2020|Features, PAMANA|0 Comments


Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh!
The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) congratulates the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), headed by its Chief Minister, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Ahod ‘Al Haj Murad’ Ebrahim for the passage of the Bangsamoro Administrative Code (BAC) into law, which will define the structural, functional, and procedural principles and rules of governance of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).


By |2021-03-08T10:45:27+08:00October 30th, 2020|Features, Statements|0 Comments

Message of Sympathy From the Chair of the Government of the Philippines Peace Implementing Panel Undersecretary David B. Diciano On the passing of Oshama B. Ali, Core Member, Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Camp Coordinator of Joint Task Forces on Camps Transformation (JTFCT) of Camp Busrah Somiorang | 25 October 2020

Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.
Verily we belong to Allah, and verily to Him do we return.


By |2021-03-08T10:52:29+08:00October 25th, 2020|Features, MILF, Statements|0 Comments

Ph Government Launches Public Portal on Humanitarian Assistance

PASAY CITY 24 August 2020 – Pursuant to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s directive to ensure transparency and accountability in managing and allocating resources to the intended beneficiaries, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) launched today the Philippine Humanitarian Assistance Registry (PHAR) website. (more…)

By |2020-08-22T06:40:05+08:00August 22nd, 2020|Features|0 Comments

POLICE GENERAL ARCHIE FRANCISCO F GAMBOA Chief, Philippine National Police March 19, 2020

Chief, Philippine National Police
March 19, 2020

The PNP will deploy more mobile patrol units for anti-criminality and police visibility operations in the vicinity of commercial centers, vital establishments and residential communities to prevent criminal elements from taking advantage of the ongoing national emergency situation.

Although we have not received validated reports of crime incidents in NCR and surrounding areas, we are nonetheless alerting our field units to take preemptive action.

The reality is that over the past five days since community quarantine was enforced in Metro Manila and recently enhanced over the rest of Luzon, crime incidents have significantly decreased.

Local police units are instructed to coordinate closely with security managers of commercial centers and vital facilities, and leaders and barangay authorities of residential communities to establish neighbourhood watch systems that will alert police and residents of possible security situations.

At the same time, we appeal to our people to refrain from sharing unvalidated social media reports of alleged incidents that only add to public apprehensions and fear.

The PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group is now tracing the authors behind the circulation of fake news in social media of a purported burglary and robbery in McKinley Hill, Taguig City and Binondo, Manila; and of alleged public unrest in San Andres, Manila all of which were both found to be hoax reports.

Our laws provide stiff penalties for persons who will propagate false reports, especially if committed during a period of national emergency.

Rest assured police and military security forces and on top of the situation and ready to respond to any calls for assistance from the public.

For your added peace of mind, your security forces are just one call away thru the following hotline numbers:

Joint Task Force CV SHIELD Command Center, PNP Command Center

Globe: 09173125626
Smart: 09988940013
Landline: 7253176
Email: [email protected]

Thank you.
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By |2020-03-20T03:54:06+08:00March 20th, 2020|Features|0 Comments
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