Peace process will push through – OPAPP

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) is bullish that the peace process will pursue this year despite the failure on talks and negotiation with communist rebels.

In a television interview, OPAPP Secretary Jesus G. Dureza emphasized that there are many other ways to continue the peace process aside from peace negotiations with communist rebel groups.

“The work of OPAPP is to look for ways and means to move the peace process forward. You have to deal with a culture of peace in the communities. You have to work for social healing of broken relationships because of conflict. You have to take care of victims of conflict. There are many ways,” Dureza said.

According to Dureza, OPAPP has been pursuing peace process through the agency’s “six Paths to Peace,” comprised of: 1) Pursuit of social, economic and political reforms; 2) Consensus-building and empowerment for peace; 3) Peaceful negotiated settlement with different rebel groups; 4) Programs for reconciliation, reintegration into mainstream society and rehabilitation; 5) Addressing concerns arising from continuing armed hostilities; 6) Building and nurturing a climate conducive to peace.

Last year, four rounds of talks between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines – National People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) took place, which in turn resulted to agreements including the unilateral ceasefire from August to December 2016, as well as the supplemental guidelines for joint monitoring committee for the observance of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.

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