The implementation of the political and normalization tracks of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) has taken a major leap forward under the Duterte administration.
Over the past five years the National Government has been relentless in pushing forward the comprehensive peace process, realizing the commitments it made under all signed peace agreements.
MANILA — Presidential peace adviser Carlito Galvez Jr reports on the major gains achieved the Government has achieved in the peace front during the pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA) forum participated by member-agencies of the administration’s Security, Justice, and Peace Cabinet Cluster.
“Sa gitna po ng maraming hamon na dulot ng pandemya ay tuloy-tuloy ang ating pagsulong sa komprehensibong prosesong pangkapayapaan sa bansa sa pamamagitan ng Six-Point Peace and Development Agenda” Galvez reports.
The Palace official discloses that from the highlands of the Cordilleras to the island-provinces of the Bangsamoro region, the Government has sustained the gains of peace through a whole-of-society, whole-of-nation approach involving National Government agencies, local government units, as well as local and international peace partners.
“In 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte shepherded the passage of Republic Act 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). This has given birth to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) that embodies the dreams and aspirations not only of our Muslim brothers in Mindanao but the entire Filipino nation,” the peace adviser points out.
Under the Government’s normalization track, some 12,145 former Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) combatants, 2,100 firearms and 615 ammunition has undergone the process of decommissioning.
“These former fighters are now living as peaceful and productive civilians as their camps are being transformed into progressive and resilient communities.
Each of the decommissioned combatants (DCs) has received transitional cash assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development amounting to ₱100,000. They were identified as recipients of the Department of Labor and Employment’s Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program.” says Galvez.
Meanwhile, the Inter-Cabinet Cluster Mechanism on Normalization (ICCMN) was created to harmonize the initiatives of national line agencies in the implementation of the normalization track. In doing so, socioeconomic projects that include the construction of community-based infrastructure—such as irrigation systems spearheaded by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) as well as rural health units with birthing facilities funded by the Department of Health (DoH) and the Bangsamoro government—have been initiated.
In addition, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through its Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE), has turned over a ₱16.5 million mechanized Solid waste segregation system in Butig, Lanao del Sur. (TRC/Headline PH)
Featured image: Bangsamoro government realized. Photo taken in 2014 when all hopes are tied to the formation of a Bangsamoro government. Today, the peace process continues. Former fighters lay down their arms wanting be part of the transformation. Credit: FT/Roel Landingin