‘Weed out disinformation’ – Dureza to media

MANILA CITY –  “It is now  very important that our media organizations take the special effort of weeding out what is disinformation, what is propaganda and what is the truth,” appealed Presidential Peace Adviser Sec. Jesus G. Dureza to the press during a dialogue yesterday.

The peace secretary noted that spreading false information and misleading the people are one of the tactics of extremists to cause terror in the public. He hoped that the civilian community, together with the media, help calm down the situation in Lanao del Sur by putting a stop to viral misinformation.

A day before his flight to The Netherlands for the fifth round of talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF), Dureza said that the ceasefire mechanisms established under the peace process with the MILF will remain effective in stabilizing the situation in Marawi City. It will also be a crucial help in preventing terror to pursue its activities.

“It will not stop us from implementing the signed agreements. The different factions, or the ‘peace spoliers’, will be dealt with accordingly with our armed and security forces,” emphasized Dureza.

Previously in March 2014, the government signed a final peace agreement with the MILF that includes a ceasefire mechanism that allows local and foreign ceasefire monitoring, socio-economic assistance, civilian protection, security, humanitarian rehabilitation and development – a template in which the Duterte administration hopes to have with the communist rebels.

The declared martial law in Mindanao will help the civilian authorities outside Marawi City keep the peace within their localities, as added by the peace adviser.

Dureza also highlighted media’s role on the peace process: to mainstream the government’s peace and development efforts so that the Filipino people will support it.

“It is through you, members of media, who will be engaging the greater public. Get them to understand why we are doing this, why it’s necessary why we have to engage, and that they should also come around and should have some kind of ownership on the outcomes of our peace work. There and only then, that we can see some positive results in our engagement for peace,” said Dureza.

The fifth round of talks with the NDF is set on the 27th of May up to June 1st in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

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Statement of Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza on Marawi City Incident

We are deeply saddened about the recent clashes reported in Brgy. Basak Malutlut and other parts of Marawi City.
We strongly condemn these terror acts that are committed against the people of Marawi City.
We call for prayers for the victims and for a peaceful solution to the situation. We also urge all peace-loving Filipinos to work together for peace and stabilization in Mindanao.
We call every Filipino to remain strong, and calm amidst these attacks – that everyone to be resilient in these trying times.
We also hope that this unfortunate event will not cause division and hate but rather build a strong camaraderie, unity in our nation. Let us show them that we are not afraid because we are one.
We have a President who is committed to achieve a peaceful and progressive country. He is looking everything in a strategic manner wherein he will push for a peaceful and final settlement with the different groups in the country. He is not only open but also eager to talk with the different rebel groups but he will also deal with the spoilers of peace.

Dureza peace efforts, recognized by EU

MAKATI CITY – For his contribution to strengthen relations between the Philippines and the European Union (EU) through peace and development, the EU has given Secretary Jesus G. Dureza an award of distinction in time for the celebration of Europe Day.

EU Ambassador Franz Jessen emphasized that the issue of peace, stability and security, especially in the Southern Philippines, are close to the hearts of the delegates of the prestige union.

“Today in the Philippines, the Mindanao Peace Process is the key issue and Secretary Dureza is working very hard to create lasting peace in that area,” Jessen said.

In his acceptance speech, Dureza underscores the value of the EU support to the Philippine peace process.

“Let me thank the EU for the strong support in our work for peace in the Philippines and to the peace efforts of our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte,” Dureza expressed.

Since 1980s, the EU has been the committed partner of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), through the Mindanao Trust Fund, in pursuit of the southern region’s peace and development.

Dureza forms IP peace panel

DAVAO CITY (26 April 2017) – In a meeting with representatives of Indigenous People (IP) dubbed Peace Table Conversations held in Davao City last April 26, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza agreed that various IP concerns should be considered in the talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and in the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) meetings. This is part of the continuing consultations of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) for a more inclusive and transparent peace process.  The next Peace Table Conversations shall be held in other regions in Luzon and Visayas.

A 5-member IP peace panel has been formed to engage and listen to the concerns and recommendations of IPs and present them to the peace negotiating table with the NDFP and deliberations of the BTC. The panel will immediately convene to draft its terms of reference (TOR).  The panel is composed of NCIP Chairperson Leonor Oralde-Quintayo, former NCIP Chairperson Atty. Reuben Dasay Lingating, NCIP Commissioner Era Espana, NAPC-IP Sectoral Council Representative Judith Maranes and ARMM Deputy Governor for IPs, Deonato Mokudef.  OPAPP shall provide secretariat services to the IP panel, with the assistance of former NCIP Commissioner Norma Mapansa-Gonos.

“It is expected that before the forthcoming 5th round of peace talks with the NDFP, the IP panel will have crafted its initial inputs relative to the proposed bilateral ceasefire and the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER). Also, it should be ready to provide comments on the draft law to implement the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB),” says Dureza.

“Hahanap tayo ng pinakamagandang solusyon as of now so that we can move on. Lahat tayo in good faith hahanap ng solusyon so we can erase the gap which is creating the difference. We have to look for ways to close the gap and it requires a lot of good faith, a lot of patience and a lot of prayers,“ says GRP peace panel member Atty. Antonio Arellano.

Other present in the IP peace table conversations were representatives from Lumad Mindanao People’s Federation, IP Mindanao Conference Committee, Women IP Council, NAPC IP-Sectoral Council Members of Mindanao, PGO Davao Oriental Provincial Tribal Affairs Office, and Teduray Lambangian Women’s Organization, Inc.

 

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.

Socio-economic turnover

“Dapat gawin natin na lahat – kababaihan, mga kabataan, lahat tayo ay kasama sa kaunlaran,” GPH Peace Implementing Panel Chair Irene M. Santiago during the turnover of various socio-economic infrastructures on 3 April 2017 in Butig, Masiu, and Lumbayanague, Lanao del Sur.

The turnover project include level II water system, solar dryer with warehouse and rice mill, concrete pathways, box culverts, support to vegetable and inland fishpond production, and Alternative Learning System (ALS) to recipient barangays in the said municipalities.

These projects are part of the confidence-building programs jointly undertaken by the Government and the MILF in compliance to the Annex on Normalization of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, and funded by the Mindanao Trust Fund-Reconstruction & Development Program (MTF-RDP).

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Speech of MILF Chairman Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim during the Launch of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the first Mindanaoan President of the Republic, Secretary Jesus “Jess” Dureza, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Members of the Cabinet and other officials of Government, Local Government, Excellencies of the Diplomatic Corps, Members of the MILF Central Committee and fellow mujahedeen, Brothers from the MNLF, Traditional Leaders, Sectoral Leaders, CSO’s, Media, distinguished Guests; Brothers, sisters, friends, ladies and gentlemen, let me extend to you our fraternal greetings of peace,

Assalamo Alaykum Warahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh, very good afternoon:

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