The two-day Preparatory Meeting to the Tripartite Review Process (TRP) on the implementation of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement between the Philippine Government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) ended Tuesday night with a consensus to revisit agreements on the Bangsamoro Development Assistance Fund (BDAF), the Tripartite Implementation and Monitoring Committee (TIMC), and the co-management of strategic minerals to be submitted to the Ministerial-level meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Both panels also agreed to follow-up the Terms of Reference of BDAF with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the OIC committed “to coordinate with IDB to fast track its review”.
The two Panels also asked the OIC for its “sound discretion to determine its representation” in the TIMC.
With regard to the co-management of strategic minerals, the government and the MNLF “committed to work with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on the current status of the implementation of the agreement and submit recommendations to strengthen it”.
They also agreed “to look into the provisions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) relevant to co-management”.
During the two-day conference in Makati City on 7-8 September, the two parties also presented their individual views regarding the convergence all previous peace accords and expansion of areas covered by the autonomous region.
But the government panel, in its position, emphasized to the MNLF that all gains of the 1976 and 1996 peace agreements and Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) are preserved under the convergence of all peace pacts through the proposed new autonomy law which is the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
Panels also agreed to hold the Ministerial-level Tripartite Meeting at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, but the exact date is yet to be determined.