OPAPRU does not condone anomaly on cash grants for decommissioned MILF combatant transitional cash aid; to initiate an investigation

PASAY CITY – Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., on Tuesday, February 20, said the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU), which oversees the implementation of the country’s comprehensive peace process, does not condone any anomaly in the implementation of the decommissioning process for former combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Galvez made this statement after three decommissioned MILF combatants aired their complaints to Sen. Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada and Galvez before the conduct of the Senate hearing on the decommissioning process called for by the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, Peace Unification and Reconciliation. (more…)

By |2024-02-29T13:12:22+08:00February 29th, 2024|CBA-CPLA, CPP-NPA-NDF, MILF, MNLF, NAC, News, OPAPRU|0 Comments

First-ever peace and development center in Northern Luzon to rise in Baguio City

BAGUIO CITY– Presidential Peace Adviser Sec. Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong led the groundbreaking ceremony and the signing of the memorandum of agreement for the construction of the first ever Peace Center in Northern Luzon on Friday, February 16.

The Php 50 million peace and development center, which will be built at the Upper Session Road, this city, will house Cordillera-based Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) personnel.

The facility will also serve as a peace knowledge and learning center in the city, as well as a convention center where meetings and seminars can be held.

From casual talks to realization

According to Mayor Magalong, the idea of establishing a peace center in the city started during a casual talk with Secretary Galvez at an event in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in September last year.

“Sec. Galvez and I have been together for a while, especially during the run of the National Task Force on COVID-19 where he was the vaccine czar while I was the lead in the nationwide contact tracing,” Magalong said.

“Sometime in September 2023 just last year, we were both guests at a PMA event. He was mentioning to me the different programs of OPAPRU and the fundings for the programs. He also mentioned the peacekeeping and reconciliation programs to which we both agreed to suggest that we can put up a peace and development center here in Baguio City.” he recalled.

PAMANA funded project

The proposed peace and development center was then included in the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program fund for fiscal year 2024. The successful inclusion of the project came after a site validation and assessment was made by OPAPRU personnel.

The PAMANA Program is the national government’s peace and development convergence program which forms an integral part of the Philippine comprehensive peace process.

This cross-cutting, community-driven intervention directly contributes to the implementation of the Transformation and Normalization Programs under the various peace agreements, while ensuring the sustainability of project interventions in peace and development focus areas.

To facilitate the implementation of fiscal year 2024 PAMANA projects and in recognition of the significant role of local government units in peacebuilding, the OPAPRU partnered with the city local government of Baguio for the implementation of the PAMANA project in its area jurisdiction.

“We are looking forward to a very strong partnership and collaboration with regards to this joint venture and that is, the construction of a peace and development center, the first of its kind in Northern Luzon. I also heard that there would be more peace and development centers that will be put up in other parts of this country,” Magalong said.

Recognition of Cordillera’s key role in peacebuilding

For his part, Secretary Galvez said the the peace center shall serve as a concrete symbol of OPAPRU’s recognition of the Cordillera Administrative Region’s “key role in peacebuilding that is deeply rooted in its rich culture and traditions such as the Bodong system, Pechen, Tung-Tong and Mediation.”

“This facility will not only house OPAPRU personnel, but more importantly, enable our office to make its presence more felt here in the region. Through the center, we will ensure that all local peace and development efforts will be well-monitored, well-coordinated and well-supported by OPAPRU through its close collaboration with other stakeholders in the region,” Galvez said.

He added that the physical presence of OPAPRU in the city will also help increase the people’s awareness of the agency, which is dedicated to promoting peace, conflict resolution, reconciliation, and the prevention of violence in the region.

The center, which has a 3,775 sqm floor area, will also serve as an avenue for the conduct of peace dialogues, capacity and skills training, women and youth peace and security seminars, and the practice of conflict resolution approaches that originated in the Cordillera.

Galvez was joined by LGen. Fernyl Buca, PAF, Commander of Armed Forces of the Philippines-Northern Luzon; MGen. Audrey L. Pasia, Commander of 5th Infantry Division; PAMANA Director J Anthony Peña and Dir. Christina Loren Umali of the RPA-ABB and CBA-CPLA Concerns Office. While Mayor Magalong was joined by Baguio City Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan and other councilors of the city during the ceremonial groundbreaking and MOA signing. ###

By |2024-02-22T15:48:01+08:00February 19th, 2024|CBA-CPLA, News, PAMANA|0 Comments

Peace adviser meets with Northern Luzon Command; vows to intensify the implementation of the Transformation Program for former rebels

CAMP AQUINO, TARLAC CITY — In a bid to push forward the Marcos administration’s peace and security agenda in the region, top officials of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) met with the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ brigade commanders in Northern Luzon here on Thursday, February 15, this city.

The meeting aimed to update the military regarding developments in the implementation of the Localized Peace Engagement (LPE) effort and its Transformation Program (TP), as well as the proposed establishment of Peace and Development Center mechanisms in targeted provinces in the region.

The Transformation Program is designed to complement the LPE, which is among the 12 lines of effort under the National Task Force to End Local Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and is now considered as one of the most effective ways of dealing with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

The cross-cutting program is anchored on Executive Order (EO) No. 70 series of 2018, which calls for the use of a whole-of-nation approach in addressing the challenges caused by the communist armed conflict. EO No. 70 also led to the creation of the NTF-ELCAC.

Shifting from security to peace and development

The revitalized LPE framework is intended to ensure the complete transformation of former rebels and their full integration into mainstream society. It also seeks to promote development and strengthen the resiliency of cleared communities against the recovery efforts of the communist group.

Lieutenant General Fernyl G. Buca, PAF, chief of the Northern Luzon Command, said that it is crucial for the AFP to be properly oriented on the national government’s latest peace and security interventions to ensure their effective implementation on the ground.

“It is very fitting to have this discussion now, especially that the NOLCOM is currently implementing efforts that are aimed at sustaining the government interventions for the former rebels. We are here to discuss the latest and different programs of OPAPRU and how we can collaborate to implement these programs effectively and efficiently,” Buca said.

In his remarks during the gathering, Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. said it is essential to further intensify peace and development efforts in Northern Luzon, noting that the region is carrying out various peacebuilding initiatives such as skills training, the provision of livelihood grants to former rebels, and the establishment of a Peace and Development Center in Baguio City.

“We have been working closely with the security sector since last year in the roll out of the Transformation Program here in Northern Luzon,” Galvez said, as he noted that the program’s implementation is already gaining major headway.

According to the peace adviser, 26 provincial government units across the country have already crafted their respective implementation plans in line with the Transformation Program.

“This cross-cutting program utilizes a whole-of-nation approach wherein all sectors are actively involved in the process. It is also a platform for the convergence of community-driven peace and development initiatives such as local peace engagements, E-CLIP and Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan or the PAMANA,” Galvez added.

AFP pledges continued support to PAMANA’s implementation

He also encouraged the Northern Luzon Command to aid the government in identifying socio-economic interventions that should be implemented in the region in order to sustain the gains of peace and help uplift lives of former rebels, their families and communities.

“We will work hard for the allotment of funds for the regions in Northern Luzon for socio-economic programs and this will be under the PAMANA program. We need the AFP’s support and commitment as we identify and implement these programs since you know exactly the concerns and needs on the ground,” Galvez said.

The OPAPRU is currently taking the lead in the implementation of the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan Program (PAMANA) which is a priority program of the national government that supports the peace negotiation track and contributes to the goal of attaining a just and lasting peace in the country.

In particular, PAMANA aims to contribute to addressing issues of injustices and improve community access to socio-economic interventions; improve governance by building the capacity of national government agencies and local government units for a conflict-sensitive, peace-promoting, culture-sensitive and gender-sensitive approach to human rights promotion and development; and empower communities and strengthen their capacities to address issues of conflict and peace. ###

By |2024-02-22T15:46:51+08:00February 17th, 2024|CBA-CPLA, CPP-NPA-NDF, News|0 Comments

Amnesty, final step in the transformation journey of former revolutionaries

PASAY CITY – Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity Sec. Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., underscored on Tuesday, February 6, the importance of granting amnesty to members of revolutionary groups who have committed crimes in pursuit of their political beliefs.

“Amnesty does not only extinguish criminal liability for the acts committed by these former rebels. It creates a path toward their full transformation and enables them to return to mainstream society,” Galvez said during a hearing called for by the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, Peace Unification and Reconciliation. (more…)

By |2024-02-07T05:07:22+08:00February 7th, 2024|CBA-CPLA, CPP-NPA-NDF, MILF, MNLF, NAC, News, RPM-P/RPA/ABB|0 Comments

Galvez: No corruption in MILF decommissioning process

PASAY CITY – Presidential Adviser on Peace Reconciliation and Unity Sec. Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. vehemently denied on Tuesday, February 6, that there is corruption involved in the decommissioning process of Moro Islamic Liberation (MILF) combatants.

This developed as Galvez reported on the status of implementation of the MILF decommissioning process during a hearing called for by the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, Peace Unification and Reconciliation.

“Don’t tell us we’re corrupt,” the peace adviser told Senator Raffy Tulfo during the hearing, which aimed to shed light on why there has been a delay in the implementation of the decommissioning process.

“We take serious offense in what Senator Tulfo said because there is absolutely no truth to that malicious, baseless allegation. To accuse us of such is an affront not only against our agency but also to the decommissioned combatants as well,” he said at the sidelines of the hearing. (more…)

By |2024-02-06T18:23:49+08:00February 6th, 2024|CBA-CPLA, CPP-NPA-NDF, MILF, MNLF, NAC, News, RPM-P/RPA/ABB|0 Comments

Galvez: 2023, a very fulfilling year for the PH peace process

MANILA – Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) Sec. Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. described 2023 as a “banner year” for the comprehensive Philippine peace process, which is a testament of the Marcos administration’s unwavering commitment to realizing its peace agenda for the nation. 

“Major milestones have been achieved in the comprehensive Philippine peace process under the Marcos administration’s Five-Point Peace, Reconciliation and Unity agenda,” Galvez highlighted in his year-end meeting with OPAPRU executives and personnel.  (more…)

By |2023-12-28T19:45:53+08:00December 28th, 2023|CBA-CPLA, CPP-NPA-NDF, Marawi, MILF, MNLF, NAPWPS, NAPWPS, News, OPAPRU, PAMANA, RPM-P/RPA/ABB|0 Comments

Cordillera peace accord legacy lives on 37 years later

BAUKO, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE — The legacy left by those who were behind the ‘Sipat’ Mount Data peace accord in the Cordillera will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of the people thirty-seven years after its signing.

This was the assurance given by representatives from line agencies, local government units (LGUs), private sector, civil society, peace advocates and locals during the 37th anniversary of the forging of the Sipat here at the Mt. Data Hotel on Wednesday, September 13. (more…)

By |2023-09-15T15:02:10+08:00September 15th, 2023|CBA-CPLA, News, OPAPRU, Peace Month|0 Comments

Peace marker made of decommissioned gun parts from former Cordi rebels unveiled in Baguio

BAGUIO CITY– A peace marker, made up of decommissioned gun parts coming from 339 firearms turned in by members of the Cordillera Bodong Administration and Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CBA-CPLA) as part of their commitment under the 2011 Closure Agreement with the national government, was unveiled here at the grounds of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) on Tuesday, 12 September 2023. (more…)

By |2023-09-14T10:52:31+08:00September 14th, 2023|CBA-CPLA, News, Peace Month|0 Comments

Statement of Sec. Isidro L. Purisima, Acting Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity on the tension between feuding tribes in Tinglayan, Kalinga Province and Sadanga, Mountain Province

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity joins the local Government Units of Sadanga, Mountain Province and Tinglayan, Kalinga in the call for sobriety and calmness following the killing of a hunter from Brgy. Bekigan, Sadanga, Mountain Province over a week ago.


By |2023-05-26T09:17:45+08:00April 19th, 2023|CBA-CPLA, News|0 Comments

Kalinga sets Guinness Book of World Record for ‘Largest Gong Ensemble’, ‘Largest Banga Dance’ – an expression of peace and understanding

TABUK CITY, KALINGA (15 February 2023) — Presidential Peace Adviser and Defense Chief Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. on Wednesday commended the people of Kalinga for their ‘Bodong’ culture, describing it as highly-successful and effective approach in maintaining peace, order and security in their communities. (more…)

By |2023-02-22T11:46:01+08:00February 15th, 2023|CBA-CPLA, News|0 Comments
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