Philippine Government expresses gratitude on Spanish Government’s continuing support in the peace process

MADRID, SPAIN – OPAPP Executive Director Undersecretary Diosita Andot conveyed the Philippine Government’s sincerest gratitude to the Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development (AECID) for its sustained efforts and commitment in support of the Philippine peace process in a meeting on April 25 at the Headquarters of AECID here in the city.

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Present in the meeting were Mr. Luis Tejada Chachon, the Director of AECID, and Ms. Cristina Diaz Fernandez-Gil, the Director General for Africa and Asia, where AECID emphasized its commitment to support the Philippine Government’s strategy for Mindanao peace and development through any mechanism that may be agreed upon and set later.

Undersecretary Andot’s meeting with the executives of AECID is part of her four-day official visit to Spain, where the she is expected to speak at the Opening Plenary and participate in the two-day event of the “1st Annual Meeting of the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network” on April 26-27 in Alicante, Spain.

She is also expected to have a bilateral meeting with Spain’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ildefonso Castro, on April 26.

Upon arrival in Spain, Undersecretary Andot made a courtesy visit to the recently installed Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain, H.E. Philippe J. Lhuillier, and Consul and First Secretary Mary Luck Hiriarte at the Philippine embassy in Madrid.

Both the technical and financial support for this activity have been extended by the AECID in the Philippines.

 

Cordillerans unite for peace

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CORDILLERANS UNITE FOR PEACE. “I got the message that that there is already a clear indication that everybody would like to converge, kaya nga nandito kami, we are not going to assure anything. We just would like to hear from you that there is already a unity in this and that we would like to help you push this forward,” Peace Adviser Sec. Jesus G. Dureza addresses the advocates of the autonomy for Cordillera region on 24 April 2017 at Mt. Data Hotel in Bauko, Mountain Province.

“Napakahalaga na makarating ito sa stakeholders mismo… Go for selling this to your people on the ground. Hindi lang dito sa itaas, hindi lang sa mga political leaders, hindi lang sa mga CSOs, yung taong bayan mismo must have the ownership, hindi lang yung maiintindihan nila pero aakuin din nila na kanila ‘yan,” Sec. Dureza also emphasized that aside from having a strong and united voice in pushing for Cordillera’s autonomy, it is also important that the Cordillerans themselves must have the ownership of the responsibility to fight for their cause. #PILIPINOtayoPEACEtayo

General Assembly of the Sultanate of Buayan Darussalam, Royal House of Buayan

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“We have to address the historical injustice. The President himself really uses it as his mantra. Unless we address it, we will go nowhere,” Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Jesus G. Dureza speaks at the general assembly of the Sultanate of Buayan Darussalam, Royal House of Buayan on 22 April 2017 at Mt. Sabrina Panoramic View and Resort in General Santos City.

The two-day gathering aims to discuss the prospect of federalism among the Bangsamoro Communities for just and dignified peace and development.

The Royal House of Buayan is one of the recognized Royal Houses in Mindanao.

 

Signing of Memorandum of Agreement between OPAPP and International Organization for Migration

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The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between OPAPP and International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been signed on 20 April 2017. The MOA includes the implementation of socio-economic projects under the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The Cooperation Agreement was signed for IOM to capacitate and train communities for livelihood projects under the PAMANA in the Bangsamoro area.

11th year anniversary of the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Program (MTF-RDP)

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The Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Program (MTF-RDP) celebrates 11 years of partnership for peace and development in Mindanao.

A partnership among the Philippine Government, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and international donors, the MTF – RDP promotes socioeconomic recovery in conflict-affected communities to support the Bangsamoro peace process. It is a mechanism through which development partners pool and coordinate official development assistance in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.

11th Year Anniversary of Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Program (MTF – RDP)

The Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Program (MTF – RDP) celebrates 11 years of partnership for peace and development in Mindanao.

A partnership among the Philippine Government, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and international donors, the MTF – RDP promotes socioeconomic recovery in conflict-affected communities to support the Bangsamoro peace process.

Closing Statement on the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER)

The Parties agree to conclude the unfinished distribution of land and do this for free for the landless and poor farmers, farm workers, and fisherfolk, with just compensation to owners. The immediate focus is the distribution of the remaining balance of the lands for distribution under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL).

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Fourth Round of Peace Talks

The Government of the Philippines and National Democratic Front (NDF) will once again embark on a peaceful negotiation towards the end of armed conflict in the country. The fourth round of peace talks between the GRP Peace Panel and NDF will take place in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 2-6 April 2017.

Among the substantive agenda that will be discussed are the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-economic Reforms (CASER), and the bilateral ceasefire.

Witness the Fourth Round of GRP-NDF Peace Talks live from Amsterdam! Follow @PEACEGOVPH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for live updates.

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