Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00
In a recently concluded Mindanao Peoples’ Peace Agenda- Regional Peace Forum organized by the Mindanao Peace Weavers (MPW) and hosted by Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace (IRSMP) and Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) along with Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), member networks actively participated in finding back the roadmap for Mindanao’s Peace in a two-day intensive discussion on the MPPA.
Various Civil society Groups in Mindanao coming from the following networks to include IRSMP, Agong peace Network, Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Societies and Mindanao Peoples peace Movement from Basilan, Sulu and Zambaonga peninsula particularly involved in peace-building have assumed frontline roles in finding strategies to peacefully resolve the Bangsamoro Rebellion.
The Regional Forum focused on understanding the Updates on the Ongoing Peace process between the Government of the Philippines and Moro Islamic Liberation Front as well as redirecting the MPPA, collective efforts of the civil Society organizations as an agenda and roadmap to better facilitate the peace process prompted PAZ and IRSMP as well as Davao-based Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) and network of networks Mindanao Peace Weavers (MPW) to sponsor a regional forum on the “Mindanao People’s Peace Agenda” (MPPA).
In a press release shared by the PAZ-Media, “MPPA is the omnibus roadmap to Mindanao inclusive peace that MPW formally framed after grassroots consultations since two years ago.” It stresses the fifteen-point agenda as guidelines on how to look at the peace process.
During the forum, two workshops was facilitated by Dr. Grace J. Rebollos, Former Member of the GPH negotiating panel that let the civil society respond on the points shared by Prof. Mirriam Coronel-Ferrer, GPH Panel member and Hji. Abdulla Camlian, MILF Peace Panel member on separate forum dated June 19, 2012.
A workshop among networks gave members of the network better realizations on how everyone looks at the updates on the peace process as well as formulate proposals on actions that can serve as recommendations to the GPH Panel, MILF Panel, national government, local government as well as civil society organizations.
June 20, 2012 gave the participants of the forum a better understanding on the MPPA through revisiting the 15-points in a plenary discussion. The Vientos de Paz of the Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP), presented a Theatrical Presentation on the MPPA which gave more meaning to the advocacy the CSO’s had been engaged with for the past many years.
At the end of the Regional Peace Forum, the MPPA was further improved and developed with the help of the representatives of the member network of the Mindanao Peace Weaver. Fr. Angel C. Calvo, CMF, MPW’s Lead Convener disclosed admiration and better appreciation of the members response to be involved in the historic gathering in Zamboanga City.
The MPPA as a living document continuously is developed through various Regional Peace Forums. More For a will be held in other areas of the Philippines to include Central Mindanao, Visayas Region, Northern Mindanao and CARAGA-DAVAO region.
By: Aldrin Bucoy-Abdurahim
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