Updates on peace process 23 sept 2009

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  • At this point, please allow me to shift our discussions to Administrative Order No. 267 issued by the President on 29 June 2009 which created the Health, Education, Livelihood, Progress Task Force for Central Mindanao (HELP-CM ). You may recall that in my previous presentation to the UN-ETG last 15 June, I briefly shared the outcome of my visit to several evacuation centers in Central Mindanao. Towards the end of the presentation, I also voiced my recommendation for a convergence mechanism that would effectively respond to the effects of the hostilities in Central Mindanao, set the direction of humanitarian response to the IDP situation and the law enforcement activities that were ongoing at that time. AO 267 became the product of this recommendation. At the conceptual level, the aim of the HELP-CM Task Force is straight-forward, and that is to tie up peace, security and development onto a common framework. I am of the firm belief that only through a seamless cohesion of these 3 elements can we ensure consistency and effectiveness in our interventions, and thus provide long-term stability on the ground. Meanwhile, our main and immediate focus is to help fast-track ongoing efforts undertaken by the different Government agencies and LGUs for the early return internally-displaced persons (IDPs) to their places of origin, and the eventual restoration of normalcy in the affected communities of Central Mindanao. Let me emphasize at this point that the HELP-CM is NOT an extra layer, and neither is it intended to supplant or take over the functions and ongoing activities of agencies and LGUs involved in relief, rehabilitation and development work on the ground, such as the Inter-Agency Task Force on IDPs, etc. Through this mechanism, it is our intention to bring home the message that since we now have a SOMO/SOMA in place and the momentum of the talks is building up, our efforts are now moving towards Early Recovery of affected communities. The interagency Task Force on IDPs still takes the lead in providing much-needed assistance to evacuees and affected communities. The security sector (meaning the AFP and PNP) should now be fully on board, the LGUs fully engaged, and long-term protection for civilian communities is now in the works at the level of the negotiating Panels.
  • At this point, please allow me to shift our discussions to Administrative Order No. 267 issued by the President on 29 June 2009 which created the Health, Education, Livelihood, Progress Task Force for Central Mindanao (HELP-CM ). You may recall that in my previous presentation to the UN-ETG last 15 June, I briefly shared the outcome of my visit to several evacuation centers in Central Mindanao. Towards the end of the presentation, I also voiced my recommendation for a convergence mechanism that would effectively respond to the effects of the hostilities in Central Mindanao, set the direction of humanitarian response to the IDP situation and the law enforcement activities that were ongoing at that time. AO 267 became the product of this recommendation. At the conceptual level, the aim of the HELP-CM Task Force is straight-forward, and that is to tie up peace, security and development onto a common framework. I am of the firm belief that only through a seamless cohesion of these 3 elements can we ensure consistency and effectiveness in our interventions, and thus provide long-term stability on the ground. Meanwhile, our main and immediate focus is to help fast-track ongoing efforts undertaken by the different Government agencies and LGUs for the early return internally-displaced persons (IDPs) to their places of origin, and the eventual restoration of normalcy in the affected communities of Central Mindanao. Let me emphasize at this point that the HELP-CM is NOT an extra layer, and neither is it intended to supplant or take over the functions and ongoing activities of agencies and LGUs involved in relief, rehabilitation and development work on the ground, such as the Inter-Agency Task Force on IDPs, etc. Through this mechanism, it is our intention to bring home the message that since we now have a SOMO/SOMA in place and the momentum of the talks is building up, our efforts are now moving towards Early Recovery of affected communities. The interagency Task Force on IDPs still takes the lead in providing much-needed assistance to evacuees and affected communities. The security sector (meaning the AFP and PNP) should now be fully on board, the LGUs fully engaged, and long-term protection for civilian communities is now in the works at the level of the negotiating Panels.
  • Updates on peace process 23 sept 2009

    1. 1. THE INTERNATIONALCONTACT GROUP FOR THE GRP-MILF PEACE PROCESSAssistant Secretary Bong Montesa Spokesperson, GRP Panel for Talks with the MILF
    2. 2. July 28 Chairmens Meeting1. Acknowledgment of MOA-AD as unsigned and initialed document, and commitment to reframe consensus points with the end in view of moving towards comprehensive compact (final agreement);2. Mutual effort to sustain SOMO/SOMA;3. Work for framework agreement on mechanism re protection of non-combatants in armed conflict4. Work for framework agreement on International Contact Group (ICG)
    3. 3. INTERNATIONAL CONTACT GROUP(ICG)  Framework Agreement on the Formation of the International Contact Group for the GRP-MILF Peace Process was signed Sept. 15, 2009.  Mandate: To exert “proper leverage” and to “sustain the interests of the Parties”  Purpose: (1) To implement approaches, signed agreements, provide expert advise on key issues and (2) ensure the successful implementation of signed agreements.  Parties – Interested countries, international and domestic NGOs;  Role of NGOs – (1) engage and act as a bridge between the Parties, Facilitator and stakeholders, (2) exchange views, provide research inputs and (3) establish communication channels.
    4. 4. The emerging architecture
    5. 5. END OF PRESENTATION

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