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MILF camps transformation to productive, civilian communities continues

MUNAI, Lanao del Norte – Despite initial uncertainties with regard the continuation of the Bangsamoro peace process with the  upcoming change of administration, the planned transformation of the six previously acknowledged Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) camps continues as outlined in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro particularly in its Normalization Annex.
 
Earlier last week, the Department of Agriculture (DA) together with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and other government agencies including the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), turned over farming assistance to beneficiaries in Camp Bilal here in Munai, Lanao del Norte, including farm tractors, three carabaos and provisions for agriculture farm inputs totaling 600 bags of corn seedlings and 1,000 pieces of fruit-bearing tree seedlings.
 
“This is in compliance with the provisions of the CAB, particularly the Annex on Normalization, as part of the confidence-building measures that are undertaken through the joint task force for the six acknowledged MILF camps with the end in view of transforming these areas into peaceful and productive communities,” said Government of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Panel member Senen Bacani.
 
The six previously acknowledged MILF strongholds included Camps Abubakar, Omar, Badr, Rajamuda, Bushrah, and Bilal.
 
"It’s our fervent hope that this assistance with the Department of Agriculture will help very much in gradually transforming the communities in the six MILF camps into [the] peaceful and productive communities we have envisioned in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, " said Bacani, who co-chairs with MILF panel member Abhoud Lingga the Joint Task Forces on Camps Transformation, which coordinate and facilitate socio-economic projects and programs for the camps and their communities.
 
“We believe that peace will not be achieved by talking alone but by action. The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) may be delayed but we must continue to push for the economic development of the Bangsamoro communities because development is a responsibility of every single leader,” he added.
 
Col. William Alunday, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade of the Mechanized Infantry Division, Philippine Army and Carlota Madriaga, Operations Division Chief of DA Regional Field Office X, were in attendance during the event and served as coordinators for Camp Bilal.
 
Ensuring the continuity of the process to the next administration
 

At the two-day special meeting between the GPH and MILF panels in Malaysia, the parties issued the Declaration of Continuity of the Partnership of the GPH and MILF in the Bangsamoro Peace Process that “seeks to ensure the full implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in the next administration”. They also  signed the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Project Board of the Mindanao Trust Fund for the Six Previously Acknowledged MILF Camps (MTF-RDP Camps Project).
 
The TOR provides management guidelines  for quick-impact socioeconomic projects that will be funded by the  Mindanao Trust Fund Reconstruction and Development Programme (MTF-RDP).
 
The MTF-RDP is a “multi-donor funding facility managed by the World Bank to be managed from January to December 2016 in accordance with the rules and regulations of the World Bank with technical assistance from the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) – Community and Family Services International (CFSI).”
 
Incoming Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza vowed to continue the momentum of the Bangsamoro peace process once the new administration takes over on June 30.
 
"In my capacity as Presidential Peace Adviser-Nominee to President-Elect Rodrigo R. Duterte, allow me to welcome with positive note the forging in Malaysia of the declaration of continuity in the search for sustainable peace between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front,” Dureza said in a statement which was read during the special meeting in Kuala Lumpur of the GPH and MILF negotiating panels.
 
“We intend to continue with the gains and build on those already done and achieved. The roadmap that we will traverse hereon will take policy guidance and direction from the new President when he assumes office on June 30, 2016,” the statement continued.
 
Support from International Community
 
Meanwhile in Cotabato City, representatives from the different international non-government organizations gathered in a one-day activity workshop on socio-economic survey on the six acknowledged MILF camps conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in partnership with the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA).
 
Project Coordinator Mr. Koji Demizu said that the objective of the socio-economic survey is “to contribute [to] the successful implementation of the Normalization Annex by knowing/getting socio-economic profiles and in-depth information of socio-economic needs/aspirations of the selected communities.”
 
Demizu explained that the activity aimed to gather and consolidate ideas and solicit recommendations in terms of interventions and assistance needed in line with the results/findings and recommendations from the socio-economic survey conducted last September 2015 up to February 2016 from the invited participants, most of which came from the international community such as The Asia Foundation, Save the Children, UNICEF, UNDP, and the International Monitoring Team.
 
The JICA-spearheaded socio-economic survey detailed the recommended economic opportunities that the different invited agencies can help develop in order to help uplift the lives of the people in the six municipalities covered by the study, namely: Barira, Matanog and Buldon of Maguindanao; Kapatagan, Balabagan and Marogong of Lanao del Sur.
 
The Normalization Annex is part of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) under which the MILF and GPH agreed to intensify development efforts of rehabilitation, reconstruction and development of the Bangsamoro addressing the needs of MILF-BIAF members, Internally Displaced Person (IDPs) and poverty stricken communities.