The Senate’s committee on finance sub-committee C approved with full support the proposed budget of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) amounting to ₱4.7 billion for fiscal year 2022.
The OPAPP enables the National Government in fulfilling commitments it signed with non-state armed groups under peace agreements.
MANILA — Presidential peace adviser Carlito Galvez Jr highlights the importance of this development, as this would enable OPAPP to effectively carry out its peacebuilding interventions amidst the threat of Covid-19.
“On behalf of the men and women of OPAPP, and all our peace partners and stakeholders, I would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the members of the Senate’s committee on finance for approving our agency’s budget at the committee level.
“I am confident that with the level of support given by our senators to the country’s peace process, our proposed budget will be approved at the plenary,” says secretary Galvez in gratitude.
“I would like to humbly reiterate to boost the funding of OPAPP’s most critical programs in support of the peace process. While our country faces immense challenges in the form of COVID-19 pandemic, the lives of millions of Filipinos should not be compromised by budgetary concerns,” he adds.
The OPAPP’s proposed budget of ₱4.7 billion is composed of the ₱1.9 billion fund under the National Expenditure Program (NEP) and ₱2.8 billion from unfunded programs, which will be subject for deliberation during the Senate’s plenary session, Mr Galvez explains.
“The approved budget will fund OPAPP’s programs, projects, and activities across all peace tables, which include the normalization program for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the completion of the final peace agreement with the MILF, the localized peace engagements and closure agreements with Kapatiran (formerly known as the Rebolusyonaryong Partido Manggagawa-Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army/Alex Boncaya Brigade-Tabara Paduano Group), and the Cordillera Bodong Administration-Cordillera People’s Liberation Army,” he says.
According to the peace adviser, the budget will also fund socio-economic and development projects in conflict-vulnerable and conflict-affected communities through the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) and Social Healing and Peacebuilding (SHAPE) programs.
The OPAPP’s priority programs are anchored on the Duterte administration’s six-point peace and development agenda, which aims to create an enabling environment for enduring peace and development to take root. (TRC/Headline PH)
Featured image: Efficient water supply system completed in Parang, in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) in 2019. /Credit: OPAPP