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Office of the President of the Philippines

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process


OPAPP ACCOMPLISHMENT REPORT
Second Quarter FY 2015
The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) is mandated to supervise,
coordinate and monitor the implementation of the Philippine governments comprehensive peace
process, which consists of two (2) main tracks. Track 1 aims to achieve negotiated political
settlement of all internal armed conflicts; and the Complementary Track, which seeks to address
the causes and impacts of all internal armed conflicts and other issues that affect the peace process
through security, justice, and development interventions focused on conflict-affected and
conflict-vulnerable areas. The Complementary Track is primarily pursued through PAMANA, the
national governments convergence framework and program for peacebuilding and development
in areas affected by and vulnerable to conflict.
The following presents the highlights of OPAPPs accomplishments during the second quarter of
FY 2015 in the implementation of various programs and projects in support of the national peace
agenda:

I.

PEACE NEGOTIATIONS
Government of the Philippines - Communist Party of the Philippines/New Peoples Army/
National Democratic Front (GPH-CPP/NPA/NDF) Peace Process
In line with the continuing efforts of the Royal Norwegian Third Party Facilitator to possibly
bring the Parties back to the negotiating table in order to move the peace negotiations
forward, the GPH Panel/Secretariat sustained the conduct of preparatory activities for this
eventuality.
In particular, it continued its provision of technical support to the Presidential Adviser on the
Peace Process in her engagements with the Norwegian Third Party Facilitator, the Cabinet
Cluster on Security, Justice and Peace, the Cabinet Secretaries of national government
agencies providing socio-economic projects to CPP/NPA/NDF conflict-affected areas, and key
religious organizations such as the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) and Iglesia
Filipina Independiente (IFI). These engagements were meant to sharpen the GPHs
negotiating framework/agenda (workable/reconstructed Table) on the reduction of armed
violence against civilians.
The Panel Secretariat also arranged and coordinated various activities convened by the GPH
Panel Chair Atty. Alexander Padilla and the Executive Director of the Cabinet Cluster on
Security, Justice and Peace as well as the meetings of the Panel Technical Committee.
The following documents were prepared by the GPH Panel/Secretariat in support of or
resulting from the abovementioned engagements and activities:

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(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)

Confidential Memoranda forwarded to the PAPP and President


Draft GPH documents in support of the negotiations
Draft GPH Negotiating Documents (Agreements)
Updated Briefing Report on the GPH-CPP/NPA/NDF Talks
Narratives (Briefs) on each of the key signed agreements between the GPH and the
CPP/NPA/NDF containing the features of the agreement, issues raised by the
CPP/NPA/NDF and the GPH position on these issues.
(6) GPH Panel Chair Letters to the Norwegian Third Party Facilitator clarifying the GPH
position on issues raised by the CPP/NPA/NDF
(7) GPH Panel Chair Reply Letter to the NDF Panel Chair stating GPHs position on
allegations raised by the NDF
(8) Activity related documents (activity profiles and documented activity
proceedings/highlights, including action points)
The GPH Panel/Secretariat also conducted advocacy work on the peace talks aimed towards
enlisting support from the peace stakeholders. It conducted a luncheon conversation with the
Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) bishops and priests on 11 June 2015 in Cagayan de Oro
City. The Panel representative shared with the group the status and prospects of the peace
negotiations with the CPP/NPA/NDF while the IFI raised key concerns that affect their
church and peacebuilding efforts on the ground. Following the recommendation of the GPH
Panel, the PAPP already endorsed these concerns to the Department of National Defense for
its appropriate action.

II.

AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION
A. Government of the Philippines Moro Islamic Liberation Front (GPH-MILF) Peace
Process
1. GPH-MILF Special Meeting in Malaysia. On 30 31 May 2015, the Peace Panels of
the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front
(MILF) met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Among the documents adopted during this
meeting were following:
a) Certification to renew the mandate of Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) until
31 March 2016
b) Certification to renew the mandate of the Civilian Protection Component (CPC)
of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) until 31 March 2016
c) Terms of Reference of the Task Force for Decommissioned Combatants and their
Communities. The Task Force shall undertake efforts related to socio-economic
and development programs for MILF combatants and their communities identified
under the Normalization Annex of the Comprehensive Agreement on the
Bangsamoro (CAB). It shall assist the Panels identify and implement socioeconomic priorities and development projects that will address the needs of MILF
combatants and their communities. It will be composed of three (3) members and
to be co-chaired by designated representatives of the GPH and the MILF
respectively and one (1) member who will act as the Secretariat.

The Panel Secretariat provided technical and administrative assistance during the
two-day meeting.
2. Deliberation on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). In the House of
Representatives, the Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL consulted with different sectors
in 13 public sessions during the first quarter:
April 20 & 23 National Defense and Security sector
April 27 - Peace Council1
May 18 19 Line by line Voting
May 20 Voting on the proposed bill (Yes-50, No-17, Abstain-1)
June 1 4 & 8 - 10 Sponsorship Speeches & Plenary Sessions
In the Senate, the Committees have held nine (9) public in-house and ground
consultations also with various sectors and other government agencies. The
Government of the Philippines Negotiating Panel for Talks with the MILF attended
all these except the May 5 session with the Peace Council:
April 13 Ceasefire Mechanisms
May 5 Peace Council
May 13 Community leaders, NGOs, student leaders (Jolo, Sulu)
May 14 Community leaders, NGOs, student leaders (Zamboanga City)
May 18 MNLF Factions
May 25 Sulu Sultanates
June 2 Other government agencies
June 3 ARMM Regional Government, and Local Government Units of ARMM,
Region IX & XII
June 9 Other government agencies
On 20 May 2015, the HOR Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL voted to approve its
committee report on HB 4994 voting 50 to 17 with one (1) abstention. Thus, the
Committee filed substitute bill, HB 5811 entitled An Act providing for the Basic Law

for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, repealing for the purpose Republic Act No.
9054, entitled An Act to strengthen and expand the Organic Act for the Autonomous
Region in Muslim Mindanao, and Republic Act No. 6734, entitled An Act providing
for an Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and for other
purposes.
After the substitute bill was approved by the Committees on Appropriations, and
Ways and Means, it was then submitted to the Plenary for debate. The period of
interpellation began on 01 June 2015, and on 11 June 2015, the Congress adjourned
sine die with the bill still pending at the plenary. Interpellation is expected to
continue when session resumes on 27 July 2015.

The Peace Council was formed by President Benigno Aquino to study and review the proposed BBL. The Council divided its
members into four groups, namely: 1) Constitutionality, Forms and Powers of Government, 2) Economy and Patrimony, 3)
Social Justice and Human Development, and 4) Peace and Order and Human Security.

In all these committee hearings, the GPH Panel participated as resource persons with
the GPH Legal Team and Panel Secretariat providing legal and technical assistance to
the Panel members respectively, as well as to the House committees as requested.
The Legal Team and Panel Secretariat assisted the sponsors of HB 5811 to address
points of interpellations during the plenary sessions.

3. Simultaneous implementation of the different components and mechanisms of the


normalization process. Simultaneous to the Senate and Congressional deliberations of
the Basic Law is the operationalization of mechanisms to implement Normalization,
the process whereby communities can achieve their desired quality of life, which
includes the pursuit of sustainable livelihood and political participation within a
peaceful deliberative society.
a.

Security
i. Transitional Components of Normalization. During this period, the Joint
Peace and Security Committee (JPSC) members were in full force preparing
for the Training of the First Batch of Joint Peace and Security Teams (JPSTs)
contingents in order to perform its mandate for the incoming
decommissioning of MILF combatants. As part of the preparation, the JPSC
conducted eight (8) meetings and finalized matters related to the training
(venue, uniform, training staff and instructors, training module and schedule).
Part of the meetings, also includes the conduct of three (3) information and
consultation drives to the AFP and PNP commanders re JPSC and JPST
matters particularly on the proposed deployment areas. The JPSC members of
both the GPH and MILF agreed and signed the Proposed JPST Deployment
Areas, Amended Training Requirements, JPST Classroom and Athletic
Uniform, JPST Training Schedule and Amended Training Module for JPST
which were subsequently approved by the JNC. Meanwhile, the MILF
conducted the Internal Retooling of 303 Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Force
(BIAF)-MILF contingents to JPST in Camp Darapanan, Crossing Simuay,
Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on 25 April to 05 May 2015. It was a sign of
their sincerity in their engagement with the Government of the Philippines to
attain peace in Mindanao.
Thirty one (31) JPST members composed of fifteen (15) BIAF-MILF, eight (8)
PNP and eight (8) AFP together with the three (3) PNP contingents to the
VMAT were trained for six (6) days at the St. Joseph Retreat House in Brgy.
Broce, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on 27 May to 01 June 2015. The
weeklong training was part of the preparation of both the GPH and the MILF
for the ceremonial decommissioning of MILF combatants and weapons. The
purpose of the said training was to orient and equip the JSPT members with
knowledge and skills prior to their deployment.
Three (3) ocular inspections were conducted in relation to the training and
deployment of the JPST. Part of the inspection was the visit at Camp

Abubakar/Iranun to identify the location of the ceremonial decommissioning


site and weapon storage facility of the weapons will be turned-over to the
Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB).
For the ceremonial decommissioning, that was held last 16 June 2015 at the
Old Provincial Capitol, Brgy Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao the JPSC
members directed the JPST to report prior to the day of the activity. The JPST
were tasked to assist the IDB - Verification Monitoring and Assistance Team
(IDB-VMAT) to provide security assistance at the designated
decommissioning area.
The first batch of the JPST and VMAT members were deployed to the
Assembly and Processing Area (APA) and to the temporary weapons storage
facility in Camp Iranun/Abubakar, Sitio Bumbaran, Brgy.Tugaig, Barira,
Maguindanao to secure the weapons turned-over to the IDB, which was
conducted during the ceremonial decommissioning.
ii. Decommissioning. As stated in the Annex on Normalization, the IDB led the
ceremonial turnover of the MILF weapons on 16 June 2015 at the Old
Provincial Capitol, Sultan Kudarat in Maguindanao with the presence of
President Benigno S. Aquino III and witnessed by members the Cabinet,
diplomatic corps, ARMM and LGU representatives, CSOs and other
stakeholders. Twenty four (24) crew-served weapons and fifty one (51) highpowered firearms were turned over by the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces
(BIAF) to the IDB Verification and Monitoring Teams (VMAT) to be put
beyond use. The VMAT secured the storage facility for the weapons at Camp
Iranun (formerly known as Camp Abubakar) in Maguindanao. A total of 1,124
individuals attended the event.
The design and flow of the programme and the bar codes structure for the
turned in weapons were also developed by the Joint Normalization
Committee Secretariat in coordination with the IDB.
Socio economic packages for the decommissioned BIAF members were also
developed thru the assistance of the JNC who provided insights on the
context of the situation of the beneficiaries.
The re-tooling of MILF contingents to the JPST and the training of 31 JPST
and VMAT assigned to secure the arms storage area were also conducted
within April -June 2015. Based on the initial re-tooling activity, adjustments
were made for succeeding trainings. Logistical and administrative
preparations for the re-tooling of the succeeding batches (estimate is 150
persons per batch) are now being undertaken.
The following day, on 17 June 2015 in Cotabato City, the GPH, MILF and the
IDB signed the Second Protocol on the Implementation of the Terms of
Reference for the Independent Decommissioning Body in the presence of
Malaysian Facilitator Tengku Dato Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed.

iii. Transitional Justice and Reconciliation. The Transitional Justice and


Reconciliation Commission (TJRC)2 continued to conduct studies along four
themes. Interviews and desk research had been conducted in the
corresponding dates:
1) Legitimate Grievances - 28 May to 6 June 2015
2) Historical Injustices - 29 May 2015
3) Human Rights Violations - 28 May 2015
4) Marginalization through Land Dispossession - 29 May 2015
As part of the Dealing With the Past Program, workshops on Human Rights
Archives, and Bangsamoro History and Culture were conducted on 28 May
and 30 May respectively in Makati City.
On 14 May 2015, the Panel Secretariat facilitated a meeting of the
Rapporteurs of the Legitimate Grievances Study Group at Somerset Olympia,
Makati City. It has also provided technical support to the GPH alternate
member of the Commission, Atty. Al-Amin Julkipli, who also the lead
member of the Legitimate Grievances Study Group.
b.

Socio-Economic Development3
As part of the normalization process, the MILF and GPH agree to intensify
development efforts for rehabilitation, reconstruction and development of the
Bangsamoro. In particular, socio-economic programs will be instituted to address
the needs of the BIAF members, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and povertystricken communities in the Bangsamoro. This includes a needs and skills
assessment of BIAF members, as well special socio-economic interventions for the
decommissioned women auxiliary forces of the MILF.
For the second quarter of 2015, the socio economic provisions for the
decommissioned BIAF had already been presented to both the GPH and MILF
panels. The following are the modified service packages that aim to facilitate the
transition of the decommissioned combatants into productive civilian lives:
Option 1 or Livelihood Package: This is suitable for combatants who wish to
immediately develop their livelihood skills. Immediate assistance and health
insurance will be given upon decommissioning. Afterwards, the combatant may
opt to undergo training through TESDA or a literacy program through DepEd.
There is a provision for seed capital and tools/livestock provided that these will be
used to develop and enhance the combatants chosen source of livelihood. There is
also an option to avail of the cash for work program.

TJRC, chaired by Mo Bleeker, was launched on October 4, 2014 in Cotabato City, and on October 11, 2014 in Manila. The
Commission was created to undertake a study and recommend to the Panels the appropriate mechanisms to address the
legitimate grievances of the Bangsamoro people, correct historical injustices, and address human rights violations.
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As defined in the Protocol on the Implementation of the TOR of the IDB, Socio-economic Development refers to programs and
other initiatives for the MILF combatants, their families and communities in accordance with the Annex on Normalization. Also
see attached comprehensive report of socio-economic development program.

Option 2 or College Study Grant Package: This is suitable for combatants who
wish to pursue higher education. Immediate assistance and health insurance will
be given upon decommissioning. Afterwards, the combatant will be given a
college scholarship and allowance to enable him to start schooling. There is a
provision for seed capital to be given upon graduation. There is also an option to
avail of the cash for work program.
Option 3 or High School Study Grant: This is suitable for combatants who wish to
continue their secondary education through formal schooling. Immediate
assistance and health insurance will be given upon decommissioning. Allowance
will be given while studying to cover educational expenses he/she might incur.
There is a provision for seed capital and tools/livestock provided that these will be
used to develop and enhance the combatants chosen source of livelihood. There is
also an option to avail of the cash for work program.
To date, 145 decommissioned combatants received immediate assistance
amounting to PhP25,000.00 from DSWD and Health Card Insurance from
PhilHealth during the ceremonial turnover of the MILF weapons in
Maguindanao.
The succeeding delivery of socio economic assistance shall commence upon
completion of individual survey assessment and packaging of appropriate service
packages through the facilitation of a program officer or the caseworker assigned
to each of the decommissioned combatants. This is to ensure that the socioeconomic development programs will match the combatants profile, needs,
aspirations, and characteristics. There will be a designated program
officer/caseworker that will guide the combatants in choosing the appropriate
programs that will help them achieve their desired quality of life. The caseworker
will also monitor the combatants progress as he or she goes through the
Normalization process.
Consonant to the modification of the proposed service packages to the
decommissioned combatants vis--vis the assumption of the 2015 GAA of the
agencies involved a meeting to level off and to have adjustment in their
assumptions and work plan was conducted last 1 June 2015.
In preparation for the full implementation of the decommissioning process, the
normalization partner agencies are in the process of finalizing their
implementation guidelines (IG) to affect the delivery of service packages to the
decommissioned combatants. CHED has submitted their IG for the deliberation of
executives, while others are in the process of modifying their IGs based on the
current service packages.
The special panel meeting dated 12 May 2015 held at Microtel, Quezon City
approved the allocation of 12,000 PhilHealth insurance to be distributed to
Bangsamoro communities in general as well as the 445 new CHED study grant aid
slots while the 9,000 slots of health insurance will be reserved for the target Phase
2 decommissioned BIAF with the total 21,000 targeted PhilHealth beneficiaries.

Enrolment and facilitation of the 12,000 targeted PhilHealth beneficiaries are


ongoing and aimed to be completed by the end of July 2015 while the 445 new
CHED slots by were completed by the end of June 2015.
Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program (SBP)
In order to jumpstart the initial dividends of peace upon the signing of the
Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, the Sajahatra Bangsamoro (Blessings,
Prospertity and Peace upon the Bangsamoro) was launched on 11 February 2013.
The Program aims to deliver health, education and livelihood services to priority
MILF communities and targeted individual beneficiaries. This shall be focused on
quick-gestation, high-impact, and social protection type programs.
As of 30 June 2015, MILF communities and targeted individual beneficiaries have
benefited and shall continue to benefit from the various services and programs
being implemented by eight (8) implementing partner agencies. The status of
these services and programs are found in the table below:
PROGRAM
COMPONENT

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5

AGENCY

BUDGET

STATUS

(in million
Pesos)

(As of 30 June 2015)


All 639 target beneficiaries
were enrolled under the
Study Grants Program for
AY 2014-2015.
Out of the fifty (50) target
Madaris, forty four (44)
Madaris received financial
assistance, while
processing of the release of
funds for the 6 Madaris is
ongoing.5

Study grants Program

CHED

6.39

Grants to Madaris4

DepEd

12.50

Community-based
technical-vocational
education and
training

TESDA

16.54

Out of the 1,030 target


beneficiaries:
1,000 completed
training, of which 34
are employed
26 are currently
undergoing training
4 dropped out of classes

Health insurance
premium for

PHIC

30.87

All 11,000 target


beneficiaries were

Madaris are schools for children that focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic.
Eight (8) Madaris requested to re-download funds from DepEd due to the problems encountered during the
actual transfer of funds. The voucher for the other Madaris has yet to be approved by the DepEd.

PROGRAM
COMPONENT

AGENCY

BUDGET

STATUS

(in million
Pesos)

(As of 30 June 2015)

identified families in
Bangsamoro
communities
Cash for Work
(CFW)/Cash for
Training (CFT)
Program

enrolled and renewed for


2nd year health premium

DSWD

91.25

For the Cash for Work


/Cash for Training
Program, all 11,000 target
beneficiaries have been
identified and target
program completion is
August 2015.

Supplementary
Feeding Program

For the Supplementary


Feeding Program, out of
16, 194 allocated slots,
11,738 of the total
beneficiaries have been
identified. Of this
number, 11, 032 have
been funded by DSWD:
45 children have
completed the feeding
program,
3,047 children are
currently undergoing
the feeding activities;
and
Bidding for the
supplies and materials
for the feeding of 7,940
children are ongoing.
Funding for the
remaining 706
beneficiaries is still
being processed by the
DSWD.

Support to daycare
centers

For the construction of


day care centers (DCCs), 3
are ongoing construction
in Dahican Mati, Davao
Oriental; Baas, Lamitan,
Basilan; and, Baloi, Lanao
del Norte, while bidding
for the 7 DCCs in Butig,

PROGRAM
COMPONENT

AGENCY

BUDGET

STATUS

(in million
Pesos)

(As of 30 June 2015)


Lanao del Sur; Sultan
Mastura, Maguindanao;
Pikit, North Cotabato;
Polomolok, South
Cotabato; Bongao, TawiTawi; Tungawan,
Zamboanga Sibugay; and
Panamo, Sulu are
ongoing.

Preventive and
Clinical Health
Services

DOH

48.00

Of the target 10 Barangay


Health Stations (BHS):
Two (2) BHS have been
completed and turned
over in Davao Oriental
and South Cotabato
One (1) BHS has been
completed in Lanao del
Sur but awaiting the
delivery of equipment
and facilities within the
3rd quarter of 2015;
Two (2) BHS in
Zamboanga Sibugay
and North Cotabato
have been endorsed for
release of funds under
Health Facilities
Enhancement Program
(HFEP)
The sites for the
remaining five (5) new
BHS were subjected to
revalidation .
Validations in Sultan
Mastura, Maguindanao
and Butig, Lanao del
Sur were conducted last
June 2015. Validation
for the BHS in
Panamao, Sulu;
Albarka, Basilan; and,
Bongao, Tawi-Tawi
will be finished by
August 2015

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PROGRAM
COMPONENT

AGENCY

BUDGET

STATUS

(in million
Pesos)

(As of 30 June 2015)


The Cotabato Sanitarium
Hospitals budget for
refurbishment has been
included in the approved
DOH 2015 GAA.
Implementation will start
in the 3rd quarter of 2015.

Small Scale
Infrastructure (SSI)

DA

228.30

For the provision of SSI:


The DBM released the
budget for the
construction of farmto-market roads
(FMRs) in South
Cotabato, Lanao del
Norte, Zamboanga
Sibugay, and TawiTawi. The DPWH, in
coordination with the
DA, is undertaking the
technical preparation
for the implementation
of said projects.
Technical site
validation and geotagging activities for
the construction of
FMRs in Sulu and
Basilan are scheduled
to be conducted in July
2015.
The DBM has yet to
release the budget for
the construction of two
(2) fish landing bays in
Davao Oriental and
North Cotabato..
Budget for the fish
landing is expected to
be released by
September 2015 and
implementation will
commence within the
fourth quarter of 2015.

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PROGRAM
COMPONENT

AGENCY

BUDGET

STATUS

(in million
Pesos)

(As of 30 June 2015)


For the provision of
livelihood development:
Conduct of
Community Livelihood
Needs Assessment and
Planning has been
completed.
Of the 10 targeted
communities, six (6)
communities such as
Munai, Lanao del
Norte; Sultan Mastura,
Maguindanao; Pikit,
North Cotabato; Mati,
Davao Oriental; and,
Tungawan, Zamboanga
Sibugay have been
provided assistance
(e.g., farm inputs such
as tools and equipment,
and working animals).
Bidding for the
assistance to be
provided to the
remaining four (4)
communities is
ongoing. Full delivery
of DA livellihood
assitance will be
completed within the
fourth quarter of 2015.

Livelihood
Development

National Greening
Program (NGP)

DENR

16.00

Out of the targeted


greening of 1,000
hectares, 745 hectares are
ongoing greening in the
ff: areas: Sorala, South
Cotabato, Butig, Lanao del
Sur, Pagalungan,
Maguindanao, Munai,
Lano del Norte, Alicia and
RT Lim Zamboanga
Sibugay, while the
remaining 245 hectares
are subject for validation,

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PROGRAM
COMPONENT

AGENCY

BUDGET

STATUS

(in million
Pesos)

(As of 30 June 2015)


survey mapping, and
planning by August 2015.
This Program aims to
augment the income of
150 households from the 6
Peoples Organizations6
recommended by the
MILF.

c.

Confidence-building Measures
Transformation of acknowledged MILF camps. Alongside the delivery of socioeconomic assistance for the decommissioned MILF combatants and as a gesture of
goodwill, the Parties organized and constituted the Joint Task Forces7 composed of
GPH and MILF representatives to assess the needs, plan appropriate programs, and
undertake measures to transform the six acknowledged MILF camps into peaceful
and productive communities.
For the second quarter, camps transformation program had been able to kick-off
its first camps activities through participations in the Brigada Eskwela and Dental
Outreach (BEDO) activities in the 18 schools of the 18 communities of the 6
camps from 3-8 June 2015. The dental outreach of BEDO served 211 and provided
Php 100,000.00 per school for the repair, rehabilitation and beautification of the
selected schools. The implementation of assistance is projected to be completed by
the end of July 2015. These activities were attended by different officials and
representatives of the GPH (panel, line agencies, LGUs, AFP and PNP) and MILF
(panel, task force and combatants) and other stakeholders.
The MILF Task Force Camps completed two (2) capacity building workshops in
preparation for the joint area development-planning workshop scheduled on the
second week of July 2015.

4. Consultations / Dialogues / Advocacies. As of 22 June 2015, the GPH Panel, Legal


Team, Panel Secretariat and OPAPP Cotabato Office attended and participated as
resource persons in more than 550 public consultations with the different
stakeholders (government agencies, LGUs, NGOs, CSOs, academic institutions, royal

Upper Sepaka Renewable Energy and Community Development Association, Surallah South Cotabato; Bangsamoro Unified
Into Growth. Brgy. Sandab, Butig, Lanao del Sur; Ligawasan Multi Sectoral Socio Economic Development. Brgy. Bulliok,
Pagalungan, Maguindanao; Amanah association for peace and Development, Munai, Lanao Del Norte; Silingan RT Lim
Seaweeds Farmers Association. Brgy Pres. Roxas RT Lim Zamboanga Sibugay; Bangsamoro Association for Development
and, Brgy. Tampalan, Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay
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After the signing of the Annex on Normalization, Joint Task Forces for the six (6) acknowledged MILF camps was created in
August 2014. These six camps are Camp Abubakar as-Siddique, Camp Omar ibn al-Khattab, Camp Badre in Maguindanao;
Camp Bilal in Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur, Camp Rajamuda in North Cotabato and Maguindanao, and Camp Busrah
Somiorang in Lanao del Sur.

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houses, indigenous people and youth groups, among others) since 2012. Of this
number, there were 61 public consultations within the 2nd Quarter.
These consultations focused on the sections and provisions of the draft BBL and other
components of the CAB such as the Normalization aspects.
In cooperation with the OPAPP Communications Unit, the Panel approved and made
available to the public information materials to deepen understanding on the draft
BBL and the CAB. Also as part of the advocacy efforts, the Panel Secretariat under the
guidance of the Panel produced contents for the following IEC materials:
a. Myths and Facts on the BBL
b. Participation of the international community in the GPH-MILF peace process
These materials are part of the standard GPH-MILF peace process kit that is being
distributed during briefings, meetings, fora/symposia, dialogues and consultations.
5. Ceasefire Mechanisms. The second quarter of 2015 started favorably for the Ceasefire
Mechanisms and all the stakeholders of the GPH-MILF Peace Process following the
deaths of the two key personalities in the BIFF identified as Ustaz Ameril Umbra Kato
and Abdul Basit Usman. Kato reportedly died on 14 April 2015 due to heart attack
while Abdul Basit Usman died as a result of an encounter on 3 May 2015. Both died in
Guindulungan, Maguindanao.
These significant developments in the security situation allowed the GPH and MILF
peace panels to start the implementation of the scheduled activities.
The CCCH, continued to fulfill its mandate by ensuring that both parties strictly
abide by the ceasefire agreement and the primacy of the peace process to avoid
incidents similar to the tragic Mamasapano Incident.
As a result, occurrences of ceasefire violations decreased significantly. Only four (4)
ceasefire violations were recorded during the quarter from 19 incidents in the first
quarter. All of these incidents were categorized as Prohibited Provocative Acts such as
uncoordinated conduct of activity and display of firearms of the BIAF-MILF.
Consequently, the GPH CCCH has filed two (2) protests with the MILF CCCH.
However, the quarter was marred mostly with rido incidents, such as shooting,
ambuscade and armed encounter. A total of thirteen (13) incidents, which happened
mostly in Maguindanao, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat, were recorded.
Although not part of its mandate, the CCCH attended and witnessed the signing of
the Peace Covenant and Kanduli for the amicable settlement of the long-standing feud
and misunderstanding involving families and members affiliated with the MILF in
Dungguan, Aleosan and Langayen, Pikit, in the Province of Cotabato on 17 June 2015.
As part of the continuing education of the stakeholders, both the government and the
MILF extensively conducted peace advocacies and consultations all over the conflict
affected areas in Mindanao to gain support from them. A total of 16 major meetings

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and conferences were attended by the GPH CCCH geared towards the understanding
of the CAB and the ceasefire mechanisms.
For its part, the Ad-Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) conducted its first ever Joint
Structural Workshop at the Ritz Hotel, Davao City on 20 May 2015, which aimed at
leveling off with its members their specific roles and mandates for the efficiency of
the operation of the Joint GPH and MILF AHJAG. During the workshop, the
members were able to identify issues, gaps and challenges during the implementation
of their mandate. They were also asked to give their recommendations on how to
address the identified gaps/concerns. On 31 May 2015, the GPH and the MILF Peace
Panels signed the renewal of the mandate of the AHJAG for nine (9) months until 31
March 2016, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Meanwhile, another major event during the quarter was the End of Mission of the
IMT Indonesian Contingent headed by Col. Pribadi Jatmiko on 29 June 2015. This also
signals the arrival of the new batch of the Indonesian Contingent in Cotabato City on
03 July 2015.

B. Government of the Philippines Moro National Liberation Front (GPH-MNLF) Peace


Process
1. Closure of the Tripartite Review Process (TRP)
On 16 April 2015, Iyad Bin Amin Madani, the Secretary General of the Organization
of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) led an eight-man delegation for a four-day visit to the
Philippines to reaffirm its long support to the Mindanao peace process. The initiative
was undertaken after the setback in the Mindanao peace process due to the recent
encounter between the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the MILF in
Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Sec. Gen. Madanis Meeting with the President and other Members of the
Government

On 17 April 2015, the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Secretary Teresita
Quintos Deles met with the head of the OIC to discuss the on-going peace processes
with the MILF and the MNLF. OIC Secretary General Madani also made courtesy
calls to Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, as well as to House Speaker
Feliciano Belmonte Jr., who was joined by House Representatives Rufus Rodriguez,
Bai Sandra Sinsuat A. Sema, and Sitti Djalia Hataman. He also met with the Senate
Peace, Unity and Reconciliation Committee Chair Senator Teofisto Guingona III.
Madani noted during these meetings the current legislative work on the proposed
BBL. He had also categorically given statements of support to the CAB and the BBL.
The visit of Secretary General Madani showed OICs firm commitment to assist in
the current peace efforts in Mindanao and aims to boost their role in the peace
process, saying that the OIC has long been involved in the effort to address the
conflict in Mindanao and secure the welfare of Muslims in the country. Another

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agenda of his visit is the convening of the 3 rd Bangsamoro Coordination Forum (BCF)
a platform for the MNLF and MILF to discuss and resolve their differences. The
BCF meeting was conducted in Davao City on 18 19 April 2015.
On 20 April 2015, the head of the Islamic organization made a courtesy call to Senate
President Franklin M. Drilon and informed that there is an agreement between both
the MILF and the MNLF that the Bangsamoro peace process should be pursued.
OIC Secretary General Madani said that this is underscored by the convergence
process taking place between the governments peace accords with the MILF and
MNLF, particularly in the harmonious relationship being forged under the auspices
of the BCF formed in 2010 upon the initiative of the OIC and formally
operationalized in 2014 after the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the
Bangsamoro (CAB) between the government and the MILF.
During his four-day visit, Secretary General Madani reiterated the OICs support for
the CAB and the BBL as well as urged everyone to be part of the peace process and
take advantage of the opportunity. Secretary General also corrected notions that they
are here to pressure Congress to pass the BBL, saying that the OIC is not involved in
passing the BBL and that the OIC came to the Philippines to express its support to
the BBL. He further stated that the CAB is made meaningful by the BBL as the BBL
gives the CAB legs to stand on.
After his meeting with the Senate President, the head of the Islamic body paid a
courtesy call to President Benigno S. Aquino III. The Philippine President informed
the OIC Secretary General that he is fully committed to the passage of the BBL,
which prompted the head of the OIC to openly announce his support to the
undiluted BBL.

3rd Bangsamoro Coordination Forum Meeting, 18-19 April 2015, Davao City

On 18 April 2015, the OIC delegation led by the Secretary General went to Davao
City to hold the 3rd BCF Meeting between the MNLF and the MILF. Prior to this,
separate meetings were held with the representatives of the MNLF and the MILF.
Through the logistical and administrative assistance of OPAPP, approximately
seventy-five (75) MNLF leaders and selected members from the Sema and Misuari
groups attended the meeting where they aired their respective issues, concerns and
recommendations on the BBL.
The OIC Secretary General, during the meeting, ensured support to peace process and
encouraged genuine unity in order for the MNLF to come up with one common
position. The Secretary General further challenged MNLF to have logical moderate
leadership as it is accountable to its people at all levels and affirmed that the parties
should help the OIC in its stewardship on the peace process by way of demonstrating
rational, logical and sincere attitude towards what is expected of the BCF to
accomplish for the Bangsamoro.

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On 19 April 2015, the head of the OIC convened with the top leaders of the MNLF
and MILF to strengthen the BCF, which was created by the OIC to harmonize the two
Moro fronts. The MILF was represented by ten (10) panelists led by chief negotiator
Mohagher Iqbal while the MNLF Nur Misuari group was represented by Ustadz
Shariff Zain Jali and the Central Committee represented by Muslimin Sema, each
fielded in six members during the said BCF meeting. The meeting served as a venue
for both MILF and MNLF to declare their positions on the Mindanao peace process.
After meeting with officials of the MILF and the MNLF, the secretary general
declared that the OIC is encouraged by the sincere desire and the serious effort
displayed by all parties involved in the peace process. He also announced that the OIC
would invite representatives of the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum (BCF) in the
upcoming 42nd OIC International Conference for Foreign Ministers (ICFM) in
Kuwait on 27 May 2015. It was also agreed that the BCF secretariat would be
strengthened through the support of the OIC financial department.

42nd Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers Meeting, 27 29 May 2015, Kuwait

During his opening statement at the ICFM Meeting, OIC Secretary General reiterated
the OIC support to the peace process, commended the governments efforts in pushing
for the passage for the BBL.
The 42nd ICFM provided an opportunity to the GPH to inform the OIC about the
significant developments on the BBL in relation to the 1976 Tripoli Agreement and
1996 Final Peace Agreement as well as with the MNLF. OPAPP Undersecretary Jose
Lorena manifested that one of these is the draft bill as approved by the Adhoc
Committee on the BBL, which explicitly contains the Tripoli Agreement under Article
III Section 3 of the draft BBL. In addition, the role of the MNLF is also clarified under
Article XV Section 2.
Meanwhile, OIC Special Envoy HE El Masry proposed for a conduct of an informal
meeting between the GPH and MNLF delegates to further discuss the way forward
with respect to the Tripartite Review Process (TRP). On 28 May 2015, as requested by
Special Envoy HE El Masry, an informal meeting between the GPH and the MNLF was
held. The GPH was represented by Sec. Yasmin Busran Lao (NCMF) and USec Jose
Lorena while the MNLF was represented by Atty. Randolph Parcasio, former mayor
Muslimin Sema, Hatimil Hassan, Ustadz Abdul Baki, Atty. Bayan Balt and Dr. Samsula
Adju.
MNLF Leader Muslimin Sema stated their support for the BBL and noted that although
some of the contentious issues, specifically the wealth sharing, have already been
addressed in the draft BBL, they are concerned on the perceived need to conduct
another plebiscite in the five (5) provinces which are currently under the Autonomous
Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), considering that they are the gains of the
previous GPH-MNLF peace process.
The event also gave the GPH the chance to bring up the need to convene the 5th
Tripartite with the agenda of completing the process. It was noted that the OIC must
call for it the soonest prior to the ratification of the BBL.

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The GPH Delegation also had a side meeting with the Ministry of Affairs, State of
Kuwait represented by Deputy Minister Khalid al Jaralah, which had hosted the 42nd
Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers. The GPH expressed appreciation for the
invitation and provided quick updates on the ongoing peace process. Deputy Minister
al Jaralah also expressed support to the peace process in the Southern Philippines.
2. MNLF personalities engaged in the Bangsamoro political process.
On 26 May 2015, before the start of the 42nd ICFM, USec Jose Lorena met with the
MNLF delegation composed of Atty. Randolph Parcasio and Ustadz Abdul Baki for the
Misuari Faction and Atty. Bayan Balt and Atty. Omar Sema representing the Sema
Faction. During this meeting, the MNLF was provided with brief updates on the
ongoing hearings on the BBL in both houses of Congress and was informed that that
the three (3) contentious issues of the TRP and the forty-two (42) consensus points are
now reflected in the draft as approved by the Adhoc Committee of the House of
Representatives. The particular engagement initiated by the GPH served as another
opportunity for the MNLF to share their insights on the BBL.
During the meeting, the MNLF manifested positive disposition towards the provision
on wealth sharing, however they expressed concern on the amendatory powers of the
new autonomous entity, which has been provided in the RA9054 and the conduct of
plebiscite in the current ARMM provinces.
C. Government of the Philippines Cordillera Bodong Administration/ Cordillera Peoples
Liberation Army (GPH-CBA/CPLA) Peace Process
The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the GPH and the CBA/CPLA signed
last 4 July 2011 aims to support the CPLAs Final Disposition of Arms and Forces and its
Transformation into a Potent Socio-Economic Unarmed Force.
For the second quarter the following were accomplished in the implementation of the
commitments under the MOA as well as other complementary interventions in support of
the implementation:
1. Final disposition of arms and forces.
The manner and schedule of the transport of the remaining pre-demilitarized turnedin firearms of the former CPLA members had been agreed by OPAPP and the Police
Regional Office for Cordillera (PRO-Cor). Once the transport is done, the process of
checking and verification of the firearms shall ensue and schedule for demilitarization
shall be finalized.
2. Socio-Economic Reintegration
a. Army integration. The 168 former CPLA members and / or their next of kin who
chose the army integration option for socio-economic reintegration are still on
active duty, with some detailed in Mindanao as augmentation to AFP battalions.

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b. DENR Forest Guards. The hired forest guards from 2014 continue to report nonpayment of salaries. Investigation into the issue was done by the OPAPP Closure
Agreement Secretariat (CAS) to ascertain the cause of the issue. By the end of the
second quarter, the DENR was advised to submit the PAMANA-DENR 2015s
Work and Financial Plan to the DBM for immediate processing of salaries.
c. Livelihood The livelihood focal persons for each province in the Cordillera were
convened last 17 April 2015 to share their experiences as implementers of the
livelihood component of the 2011 MOA. As a result of the meeting, mechanisms
for strengthened coordination and monitoring of the projects and enhancements
on the livelihood guidelines were noted and adopted. These hoped to improve
relationships on the ground and address liquidation and operational issues
observed by the focal persons.
Status of livelihood implementation per province:
Abra - the Provincial Accountant has notified OPAPP that the livelihood fund
has been returned to the Bangued Branch of the National Treasury in
consideration of the Supreme Court ruling on the DAP. The same amount has
been requested for the 2016 GAA.
Benguet - The livelihood focal person reports that the Benguet Saguday
Livelihood Association, Inc. (BSLAI) does not comply with liquidation
requirements. A proposal to change the modality of fund release is being
explored, subject to peoples organization (PO) and Joint Committee (JC)8
approval.
Ifugao - Implementation of projects for the two (2) POs in Ifugao, Hibla ng
Pagkakaibigan Peoples Organization (Hibla) and Kabunian Peoples
Organization (Kabunian) in the three (3) clusters (Hingyon, Lamut, and
Banaue) is in the resource mobilization stage. On 26 June 2015, the Province
of Ifugao submitted its liquidation for the livelihood projects as required by
COA.
Mt. Province - Ten percent (10%) of the Php 5,000,000.00 fund for Mt.
Provinces POs has been released to the four (4) POs -- Riverside Community
for Peace and Development Association (RCPDA), Mountain Province Pechen
Association Inc. (MPPA), Matagowan Tako Organization (MTO), and Malinawa Livelihood Association (MLA). As observed in most CPLA/CFPD POs,
there are challenges in compliance to liquidation procedures thus a proposal to
change the modality of fund release is being explored, subject to PO and JC
approval.

The Joint Committee (JC) was constituted under Article II - Implementing Mechanism of the 2011 GPH--CBA-CPLA MOA.
Section 9 states that the JC shall oversee the management, operation and utilization of resources in the implementation of
development projects; provide referral service; establish a Project Clearing Team; and create Monitoring Teams. Under the JC,
an Implementation Group (Program Management Office) was created to undertake the ground implementation in collaboration
with the communities or appropriate agency. The JC is composed of two (2) government representatives (OPAPP and DILG),
two (2) representatives from CBA-CPLA and one (1) civil society organization (Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good
Government or CCAGG). The JC is chaired by the OPAPP.

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3. Community Development Projects. Four (4) physically completed community


development projects (CDPs) are added to the tally with the reported completion of
Ifugao projects. This brings the total for completed projects at sixty-two (62). Eleven
(11) are ongoing implementation, and eight (8) are in preparatory and other stages of
implementation.
Following the JC Guideline on Turn Over of Completed CDPs, three teams from CAS
undertook technical site inspection activities for completed PAMANA/ 2011 MOA
projects. The teams were assisted by engineers from the AFP, DPWH, DA, and DILG.
Results are being consolidated for presentation to the JC Meeting on 21 July 2015.
The technical site inspection also provided opportunity for photo and video
documentation of the projects. To date, four videos have been produced showcasing
completed projects in 1) Bontoc, Mountain Province; 2) Besao and Sagada, Mountain
Province; 3) Tinglayan, Kalinga, and 4) Ifugao.
4. Social Protection. For the second quarter, OPAPP-CAS was able to endorse to the
PAMANA 2016 budget 40 slots for CHED grants and the renewal of 823 members and
new enrolment of 75 additional PhilHealth beneficiaries.
Other accomplishments include distribution of 244 out of 823 total cardboard
membership cards printed by PHIC to CPLA/CFPD members and conduct of benefits
orientation to forest guards and PO members in Benguet, and completion of initial
stages of case work for the reported issues on CHED grants availment.
5. Communications and Advocacy. Two (2) technical interagency meetings were held in
the second quarter of 2015 to continue the multi-stakeholder communications and
advocacy work accompanying the implementation of the 2011 MOA. The first
meeting got commitments of the agencies to send engineers to the planned technical
site inspection of completed CDPs. The second interagency meeting reported on the
initial findings of the inspection as well as elicited status updates on the 2015
PAMANA-CAR projects in the region.

D. Government of the Philippines - Rebolusyonaryong Partidong Manggagawa ng


Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army/Alex Boncayao Brigade (GPH RPMP/RPA/ABB) - Tabara Paduano Group (TPG) Peace Process
In preparation for the signing of the Closure Agreement, OPAPP focused its efforts on the
capacity building of the ground for the implementation of the agreement, and sustaining a
more conducive environment for bringing about closure to the armed conflict with the
RPA/ABB (TPG).
For the 2nd quarter, OPAPP through its Project Management Office (PMO) in
coordination with implementing partners accomplished the following:
1. DENR Work and Financial Plan (WFP) covering the DENRs Php 200 Million budget
for RPA/ABB Closure Program under the 2015 GAA to pave the way for its release by

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the DBM. The release of the funds is critical to ensure payment of the salaries for the
year of TPG members employed as Forest Guard with the DENR, and to acquire lands
for the settlement sites in Brgy Gawahon, Victorias City and in Brgy Malindog, San
Carlos City and for the congregated area in E.B.Magalona, Negros Occidental under
the Closure Program. For this purpose a series of meetings were held with DENR
(both regional and Central Office) starting with the Planning Workshop last 4 March
2015 in Iloilo and culminated in the meetings with the DENR Centrals Operations
Office last 6-7 April 2015.
2. Design and mechanics for the conduct of community dialogues in 100 CPD barangays.
The dialogue design and mechanics were completed on 9-10 April 2015 covering the
tools to be used in conducting a series of conversation between and among the local
communities, LGUs, TPG and other CPD stakeholders. The primary objective of the
dialogues is to prepare the CPD barangays in the implementation of the Closure
Program by deepening their understanding of the program and appreciation of their
role in its implementation. The design and mechanics were piloted in Ibajay, Aklan
during the convening of the TWG for the Aklan Settlement Site on 13 April 2015.
3.

Review and determination of the status the DA PAMANA funds (GAA 2012-2015)
for the Closure Program. A series of consultations with the DA (Region VI) were held
on 23, 28-29 April 2015 to review and determine the status of the PAMANA funds
downloaded to the agency for the Closure Program. The consultations determined the
disbursement of Php107.6 M under 2012-2014 GAA for development of the
settlement sites in Aklan, Kabankalan City and Negros Oriental. The fund status
assessment was inputted in the monitoring and evaluation of the Closure Program.

4. A dedicated Team to provide legal assistance in the review of cases of TPG members
under the Civil/Political Rights Component of the Closure Agreement was established
and activated. The creation of the Team on 30 April 2015 was the result of the
evaluation of the progress of the Component, which identified the need for more
focused and dedicated work for the completion of the review of the 138 cases
involving TPG members to determine the means for the possible dismissal/withdrawal
of the cases.
5. Utilization/Catch-Up Plan for PhilHealth and CHED Study Grants Program developed
and implemented. In coordination with the Social Protection Unit, a
Utilization/Catch-Up Plan was formulated to accelerate the identification and
processing 10,000 PhilHealth beneficiaries and 200 CHED study grantees in CPD
barangays. The Plan employed an all-in approach mobilizing TPG Kapatiran
chapters and the LGUs.
6. 3,226 individuals for PhilHealth coverage and 31 CPD community members for
CHED study grants identified, processed and endorsed. This is part of the
implementation of Utilization/Catch-Up Plan for Social Protection in CPD.
7. Budgetary outlay for the implementation of the Interim Security Arrangements (ISA)
with the AFP and the Disposition of Arms and Forces (DAF) with the PNP for
inclusion in their proposed 2016 GAA finalized. In anticipation of the signing of the

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Agreement, a workshop was conducted with AFP and PNP on 6 May 2015 to finalize
their funding requirements in the implementation of the Interim Security
Arrangements and of the Disposition of Arms and Forces. The budget outlay totaling
Php51.6 M (Php12.5 PNP and Php39.1 M AFP) was submitted to the PAMANA
National Program Management Office for inclusion in the PAMANA budget for
inclusion in the 2016 GAA.
8. Public messaging framework for the Closure Program formulated. A series of
meetings with the OPAPP Communications Group was held to formulate the public
messaging framework of the Closure Program. The framework revolves around
mustering a critical mass to sustain the GPHs gains and ascendancy at the RPA/ABB
Table as well as to providing positive impact on the other Tables.
9. Preparation for the conduct of reflective/generative dialogues between and among
agencies, LGUs, TPG and other stakeholders undertaken. The needs assessment was
jointly conducted by OPAPP and TPG on the CPD barangays in 2012. The revisiting
was done on 6-7 May 2015 generated the inputs for the reflective/generative
dialogues to be conducted among the stakeholders to determine other development
interventions in CPD barangays.
10. Assessment of the status of the DILG PAMANA funds (GAA 2012-1015) for the
Closure Program. The consultation meetings with DILG Region VI in Iloilo on 15-16
May 2015 and with the Development Unit, DILG Central Office, in Quezon City on
20- 22 May 2015 were held to assess the status of the DILG PAMANA funds under
2012-2015 GAAs for the Closure Program. The funds assessment also identified
measures to accelerate the fund utilization and avoid their being reverted to the
Treasury. The consultations also determined budgetary gaps for possible inclusion in
the proposed PAMANA budget for 2016 GAA.
11. In coordination with OPAPP PAMANA Unit, held a series of consultation with
DILG, DA, DENR and DSWD to prepare budget proposal for the Closure Program
under PAMANA of 2016 GAA. This involves participation in the PAMANA interagency meetings in preparation the PAMANA budget for GAA 2016.
12. Draft Comprehensive Guidelines for the implementation of socio-economic projects
in CPD barangays under the Closure Program finalized. Meetings with DSWD Central
Office in Manila on 2 and 16 June 2015 and with DSWD Region VI on 10 June 2015
in Iloilo to complete and finalize the draft Comprehensive Guidelines for socioeconomic projects in CPD barangays were conducted. The Guidelines provides the
parameters and criteria for the implementation of the community-impact projects in
CPD barangays.
13. Status of the DSWD PAMANA funds (GAA-2012-2015) for the Closure Program and
measures to fast-track utilization of the existing funds determined. A series of
consultations with DSWD (Central/Region VI) during the 2nd and 3rd week of June
2015 to determine the status of the DSWD PAMANA funds (GAA-2012-2015) for the
Closure Program were conducted. The meetings validated the reversion to Treasury of
Php56.1 M of the DSWD PAMANA funds under 2012 GAA. The meetings also agreed

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on measures to fast-track the utilization of the existing funds for the Closure Program
and to ensure the non-reversion of such funds to the Treasury. It also facilitated the
formulation of the DSWD budget proposal for 2016 GAA.
14. AVP training modules on Democracy and Human Rights updated and additional AVP
modules on Human Security and Citizenship for the AFPs CSF Training Program
produced. This involved the commissioning of the AVP work with an implementing
partner and the previewing the enhanced and new AVP training modules on 15 June
2015. The modules will be a major component of the AFPs Community Security
Force Training Program for the 267 TPG members who will comprise the Community
Security Force in the Settlement Sites.
15. Framework and design of the Monitoring and Evaluation System for the Closure
Program formulated. A series of coordination meetings with OPAPPs Data
Management Unit (DMU) and Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (MEU) during the 3rd
and 4th weeks of June 2015 were conducted.

III.

PEACEBUILDING IN GOVERNANCE
A. PAyapa at MAsaganang PamanayaNAn (PAMANA) (See attached PAMANA Progress

Report as of 30 June 2015.)


B. Philippine National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (NAPWPS)
OPAPP, as Chair of the National Steering Committee9 (NSC) that oversees the
implementation of the NAPWPS, provides NAPWPS technical assistance to the
committee members and, most recently, partner agencies implementing the PAMANA.
The following were the key interventions and outputs for the second quarter:
1. Orientation on the inclusion of National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security
Programs, Activities and Projects in the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples
GAD Plan and Budget
In line with institutionalizing the NAPWPS interventions initiated in 2014, OPAPP
conducted a one-day orientation on the inclusion of NAPWPS PAPs with the
National Commission on Indigenous Peoples on April 17, 2015 at the NCIP Office.
The orientation aims to familiarize the NCIP with their NAP PAP included in their
GAD Plan and Budget and to discuss various ways on including and accommodating
NAPWPS PAPs in their GAD Activities.

The nine (9) NSC members are as follows: Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), Department of Social Welfare and
Development (DSWD), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of
Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of National Defense (DND), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the
National Commission of Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).

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It was agreed that NCIP will look into collecting sex-disaggregated data, especially in
conflict areas. The orientation was held on April 17, 2015 and attended (43) by NCIP
Planning Officers and GAD Focal Persons from their different units.
2. Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar on Women, Peace and Security with the
Department of Foreign Affairs
As part of their NAPWPS PAP, DFA included a module on Women, Peace and
Security in their Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) delivered to foreign
service officers and Filipino government employees to be deployed in embassies
worldwide.
The module on WPS aims to account the need for including WPS programs and for a
gender and conflict lens on the participants work in diplomatic and consular posts. It
also acquaints participants with the challenges on post overseas especially on issues on
women in conflict areas.
The PDOS was held on April 21, 2015 and was composed of 31 participants from the
Department of Foreign Affairs (24), Department of Tourism (2), Philippine Coast
Guard (1), Philippine National Police (1), and National Intelligence Coordinating
Agency (3).
3. Coordination with Royal Norwegian Government to facilitate the funding of the
Seminar Course on Women, Peace and Security
A seminar course on Women, Peace and Security, in partnership with OPAPP and the
Ateneo Political Science Department, will be held on July to August 2015. Since the
first phase of the NAP implementation heavily focused on institutionalization, the
next phase should already be internalization. This means that the NAP must be
embedded in the specific policies, capacity development, GPBs, and GAD ARs for the
implementing agencies. For the partner agencies to have ownership and
internalization, they should be involved in training of their own personnel.
To be able to conduct the said seminar course, a coordination meeting was held
between the RNG and OPAPP on 22 May regarding the course in which the RNG
agreed to fund the said course.
The proposed seminar course is designed as a seminar-workshop focusing on women,
peace and security. It will be held at the Ateneo de Manila University targeting 90
participants from various government agencies.
4. Localization of the National Action Plan
The Municipality of Tboli, South Cotabato with its barangays (Maan, Lamsalome, and
Lambuling were capacitated on the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and
Security through the conduct of an orientation-workshop last 8-9 April 2015. This
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proposals for NAP-related projects to access the 2014 funds provided under the
PAMANA-DILG. There were 34 participants composed of 16 male and 18 female.
Participants were from the following offices of the Municipal and Barangay LGUs:
- Municipal Local Government Operations Office (MLGOO) of the MunicipalDILG
- Municipal-DA PAMANA Focal Person
- Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO)
- Municipal Planning and Development Office (MPDO)
- Women Civil Society Organization, GAD Focal Points,
- Barangay Captains and Barangay Kagawads of the 3 barangays
The following results were achieved:
Basic women, peace and security concepts and mandates were introduced among
participants.
The M/BLGUs were oriented on gender and conflict tools such as Socio-economic
Profile (SEP), Conflict and Gender Responsive LGU Ka Ba? (CGeRLKa Ba?), and
Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG), which include
assessing and identifying women, peace and security issues in their localities.
Further, the activity resulted in the surfacing of common gaps among the
barangays which include (1) lack of sex disaggregated data, (2) lack of policies on
protection for women abused by militia, and (3) low trained health care
professional for health care centers.
A follow through activity was requested by the municipality to identify programs,
projects and activities that will address the conflict and gender issues of their
localities. Schedule is being finalized by the PAMANA-Bangsamoro.
OPAPP also provided technical and administrative assistance during the 2 major
activities for women development and empowerment as follows:
Women, Peace and Security Congress in Calbayog City, Northern Samar

Forum on Women, Peace & Security with GADCC Agency members in CARAGA

C. Support to the Implementation of PAMANA.


1. Conduct of Peace Caravans. The conduct of Multi-Service/Peace Caravan is
among the strategies employed by PAMANA to make government presence felt
especially in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas where most
CAAs/CVAs are located.
The Multi-Service/Peace Caravan is a series of converged or joint delivery of basic
services by the different participating government agencies and other private
stakeholders to pre-identified focused areas. Its major objectives are as follows:
i. Showcase convergence efforts amongst government and non-government
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ii. Bring the government closer to the people through accessibility of basic
services;
iii. Help regain the peoples trust and confidence towards government;
iv. Promote the PEACE AGENDA vis--vis PAMANA core message, SAMASAMA sa PAMANA: KAPAYAPAAN at KAUNLARAN ABOT KAMAY ng
PAMAYANAN;
v. Sustain the gains of the peace initiative of the government; and,
vi. Recognize the efforts and support of the communities
Agency representation varies depending on their availability to participate in
Multi-Service/Peace Caravans. These are either conducted monthly, bi-monthly
or quarterly.
The peace caravan also serves as a platform for information campaign to present
the menu of government programs/ projects/services. It offers spaces for
consultations and dialogue between the community and participating government
agencies on various peace and security concerns.
For this quarter, a total of 23 caravans were conducted in the different
municipalities of the following zones:
Bicol-Quezon-Mindoro: The conduct of 12 PAMANA Peace Caravans /Multi
Service Caravan/Munisipyo sa Baryo/Serbisyo para sa Bayan in Oriental
Mindoro, Sorsogon, Masbate, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur were
supported. Hygiene Kits, Slippers, and School Supplies were distributed to the
identified beneficiaries per caravan conducted.
Comval-Davao-Caraga: 7 ARENA-led Serbisyo Caravans were conducted in
Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte, and one LGU-led Service Caravan in
Agusan del Sur. During the said activities, educational materials were given to
pre-school and primary (Grades 1-3) pupils.
Samar Island: 4
Other locally-initiated projects such as Youth Leadership Summits in Samar and
CDC zones were also conducted.
2. Provision of technical inputs to partner agencies. OPAPP also provides regularly
technical inputs to partner agencies during coordination meetings. This quarter, 11
coordination meetings were conducted with various PAMANA partner agencies.
Technical support was provided during the conduct of 7 Technical Budget Hearings
(TBH) of the various PAMANA implementing partner agencies DPWH, DENR,
DOH, DILG, DSWD, BFAR, DA.
Technical support was also provided during the Inter-agency PAMANA TBH,
resulting in a prioritized list of projects/programs.

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3. Conduct of Monitoring Activities.


30 monitoring activities were conducted by the PAMANA Zones together with the
DA and DILG project implementers specified as follows:
i. Bicol-Quezon-Mindoro: 6 monitoring activities and site validation
ii. Samar Island: 8 monitoring activities and site validation
iii. Comval-Davao-Caraga: 16 monitoring activities and site validation
All the monitoring activities conducted generated monitoring reports by the
concerned implementing agency.
Consequently, 4 implementation issues in BQM area were resolved.
Since the Third Party Monitors (TPM) for the PAMANA projects were not yet
operational, the respective local offices initiated the conduct of project monitoring
activities.
In BQM, the Grievance Redress and Feedback System was established already in
communities particularly in the Municipality with KC-PAMANA (Camarines Norte,
Sorsogon and Masbate) as these communities are beneficiaries of both Pillar 2 and
Pillar 3.
Issues, agreements and concerns in the sub-project implementation were being
addressed/resolved in the community up to the Municipal level.
4. Local Strategic Communications
i. As part of PAMANA agencies support in advocating PAMANA, success and
change stories have been produced by the different Information Officers and
shared with the local media.
ii. OPAPP coordinated with PIA XI for the proposed conduct of a Local Strategic
Communications Workshop.
iii. PAMANA updates and IEC materials were disseminated during the National
Convention of Prosecutors
iv. A PAMANA Booth and information center was set-up during the Naliyagan
Festival in Agusan del Sur.

D. Monitoring and Evaluation


During the first quarter of 2015, the OPAPP Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (MEU)
focused its engagement in raising partners awareness regarding conflict-sensitive
monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (CSMEAL) systems and approaches as
well as in undertaking preparatory activities for PAMANA program evaluation initiatives.
For the second quarter of 2015, the MEU continued to build on these engagements toward
advancing the adoption of the CSMEAL systems and approaches through the following:
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communication of M&E results, mainstreaming of CSMEAL in partner agencies, and


facilitating program evaluation initiatives.
Below are the MEUs accomplishments organized according to key unit outcomes:
1.

Enhanced systems of OPAPP Units and Partner Agencies for Conflict Sensitive and
Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation. Under this outcome, the MEU facilitated
the development and enhancement of tools, processes, guidelines and information
systems to support the operationalization of the CSMEAL system.

Institutional arrangements for CSMEAL established for roll out. As an overview, the
CSMEAL system is composed of five main elements for PAMANA:
i.
Implementation monitoring: monitoring of physical and financial status of
implementation, as well issues, concerns, actions taken and
recommendations;
ii.
Outcomes monitoring: monitoring of immediate to medium-term
development benefits and peacebuilding gains, described as changes in
behaviors and practices among program stakeholders;
iii.
Context monitoring: monitoring of local peace and conflict context where the
intervention operates, as well as risks and assumptions that impact on
program implementation;
iv.
Transparency and accountability mechanisms: operationalization of
mechanisms to facilitate constructive engagement between government and
citizen, especially in relation to peacebuilding
v.
Program evaluation and learning: assessment of program results based on
criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and
peacebuilding impact and feedbacking of learnings to improve program
implementation, guide program enhancements, maximize program impact,
and mainstream peacebuilding in governance

Development CSMEAL guidelines, tools and processes. OPAPP through MEU


finalized the PAMANA CSMEAL manual and toolkit, in partnership with other
OPAPP units and to a certain extent, with inputs from PAMANA implementing
agencies. This manual encapsulates the various M&E initiatives that have already
been initiated and are now being conducted for PAMANA by different program
stakeholders. System enhancements are also put forth in this manual, based on
insights and learnings derived from program stakeholders as they utilized the tools
and engaged in the processes provided in this system.
The manual is intended to serve as a resource material in the conduct of M&E
initiatives by PAMANA Program Management Offices implementing agencies, and
other program stakeholders (e.g., local government units, civil society organizations,
etc.).
The CSMEAL framework and components were customized for integration in the
following policy documents:
i. PAMANA Department of Agriculture (DA)-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic
Resources (BFAR) Pillar 3 Implementing Guidelines

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ii. PAMANA-DA-Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Pillar 2 Implementing


Guidelines and Operations Manual
iii. PAMANA-PhilHealth Implementing Guidelines
iv. Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) Monitoring and Evaluation
Guidelines

Crafting of Results Framework, Indicators and Theory of Change. OPAPP through


MEU provided technical assistance in the formulation and vetting of the
Normalization Program results and indicators framework. As well, the MEU also
helped to revise the results and indicators framework for the RPM-P/RPA/ABB-TPG
Closure Program.
The MEU also provided technical assistance in the crafting and review of the results
framework and indicators operationalization matrices (IOM) of the different OPAPP
units. Relative to NAP/GAD, the MEU initiated a meeting with the NAP team to
formulate their IOM as anchored on the NAP results framework, in view of
streamlining their activities in support of their outcomes. The MEU also reviewed
and provided inputs for the results framework and IOMs of the following units:
Closure Agreement Secretariat, PAMANA-CLIP Coordinating Unit, the GPH-MILF
Peace Process Cluster, and the Bangsamoro Political Office. As well, in view of
further enhancing the units planning, the MEU also provided technical assistance to
PCU in the process of reviewing unit work and financial plans (WFPs) towards
identifying accomplishments, gaps, and next steps.
The MEU also facilitated the formulation of the design and conduct of preparatory
work for an M&E planning workshop for the RPM-P/RPA/ABB-TPG Closure
Program, in collaboration with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for the Closure
Program. In preparation for the conduct of this M&E planning workshop in the third
quarter of 2015, the following initiatives were undertaken: (1) quick assessment of
existing M&E arrangements and (2) initial steps in the set-up of the information
system for this program.
For PAMANA Pillar 1 initiatives under the Department of the Interior and Local
Government (DILG), the MEU together with the PCCU and Policy Office, facilitated
an initial discussion with representatives from the Bureau of Local Government
Development (BLGD), the Office of Project Development Services (OPDS), the
National Barangay Operations Office (NBOO) and the Bureau of Local Government
Supervision (BLGS) regarding the work plan and convergence mechanisms for
PAMANA under DILG. This was followed by a meeting on the proposed CSMEAL
framework for PAMANA Pillar 1 held last 12 May.

Outcome tracking system undergoing development. OPAPP through MEU facilitated


the review of the initial 38 PAMANA stories collected from the PAMANA website,
the DSWD peace writeshop held in March 2015, and submissions from partner
agencies. The review / inventory process included an assessment of the stories key
messages, alignment to PAMANA outcomes and indicators, and the key changes that
were observed in the story. The results of the review showed that most of the stories

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submitted by the agencies focused on PAMANA outcomes on improving the socioeconomic conditions in conflict-affected and conflict-vulnerable areas.
Following an agreement with DSWD-ARMM, the MEU is also spearheading the
conduct of a writeshop aimed towards consolidating PAMANA stories under DSWDARMM. The proposed writeshop is expected to be conducted on 7-9 August 2015,
which includes sessions on the following:
Overview of PAMANA program results framework and indicators;
Indicators mapping which includes conflictsensitive and peace promoting
practices and peacebuilding gains;
Orientation on the use of the PAMANA outcomes tracking tool; and,
Processing of PAMANA change stories.
The activity is expected to lead towards the publication of a compendium of change
stories and outcomes map for PAMANA under DSWD-ARMM.
2.

Enhanced citizen engagement in Conflict-Sensitive Monitoring, Evaluation,


Accountability and Learning. Key interventions for this outcome focused on
strengthening Transparency and Accountability Mechanisms as integrated in the
CSMEAL guidelines and increasing citizen engagement in peacebuilding in
governance

i.

Level of effectiveness, efficiency and responsiveness of government to citizen


feedback
Establishment of TAM framework and guidelines. To improve and strengthen the
relationship between the government and its citizens, the MEU proposed
enhancements to the TAM framework. The TAM for PAMANA will seek to:
Help increase awareness and appreciation of the public on PAMANA;
Provide meaningful spaces for citizens to constructively engage government
in peacebuilding;
Demonstrate effectiveness and responsiveness of government by ensuring that
feedback are addressed in a timely and high-quality manner; and,
Improve peacebuilding interventions based on learning from citizen feedback.
The TAM framework is envisioned to be composed of five components, namely:
Feedback and Response System
Citizen-Led Monitoring System
Webposting
Project and community billboards
Performance-based fund releases
The MEU also crafted the PAMANA Feedback and Response System guidelines
for vetting with the OPAPP Management Committee. The PFRS guidelines aim to
enhance the voice of citizens in PAMANA implementation by providing citizens
with opportunities to lodge their feedback regarding peacebuilding interventions
of government and improve the capacities of OPAPP in handling and responding
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roles among units in terms of handling and addressing grievance / feedback, (2) set
initial standards / service level agreements, such as turn-over time in handling the
different kinds of feedback, and (3) provided for system of review of PFRS
performance with MEU as an oversight.

ii. Number of citizen feedback with substantive findings on project status,


implementation issues and concerns
Development of PFRS platform. The MEU, in partnership with the Data
Management Unit, finalized the design of the PAMANA FRS. The PFRS design
was initiated during the first quarter of 2015 and inputs from different OPAPP
units were collected. For the second quarter, revisions on the system design, such
as the addition of new features in the system, were integrated into the system.

Establishment Citizen-led monitoring initiative. Civil society organizations


(CSOs) serve as catalysts for non-violent and constructive engagement between
citizens and the government in conflict-affected and conflict-vulnerable areas
through the conduct of participatory M&E processes. Their role as third-party
monitors for the implementation of PAMANA is crucial in monitoring and
addressing implementation issues and concerns. Given this role, the MEU,
through the guidance of the PAMANA NPMO, engaged the Affiliated Network
for Social Accountability-East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP) in formulating a
program proposal that aims to capacitate citizens and other CSOs to highlight and
enhance the peacebuilding component of the practice of social accountability in
PAMANA.
The ANSA-EAP Foundation Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit corporation registered
under Philippine law. To improve governance, ANSA-EAP seeks to connect
citizens and government by engaging in networking and learning initiatives for
social accountability.
ANSA-EAP works with citizen groups (non-government organizations, civic
associations, academic institutions, business sector, and community-based groups),
government institutions, media, international development partners, and various
other stakeholders. It promotes constructive engagement with and citizens
monitoring of the performance of government, specifically, the quality of public
service delivery and the transparency of public transactions.10
The present engagement with ANSA-EAP is geared towards the establishment of
a Citizen-Led Monitoring mechanism for PAMANA. A Citizen-Led Monitoring
mechanism for PAMANA is envisioned to provide channels for citizens in
conflict-affected and conflict-vulnerable areas to undertake monitoring of
PAMANA projects. Through the use of the Community Score Card process,
citizens shall participate in the following processes:

10

ANSA-EAP website

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3.

Monitoring of PAMANA interventions based on criteria that citizen monitors


have generated and deemed significant;
Feedbacking of monitoring findings to other project stakeholders especially
project implementers; and,
Generating learnings and insights from these monitoring initiatives to inform
program improvements and maximize program impacts.

Improved consolidation, analysis and communication of M&E outputs/findings to


inform decision-making. M&E results should always be analyzed and communicated
in view of enhancing program implementation and maximizing positive impacts of an
intervention. As part of CSMEAL guidelines and the MEUs mandate in assisting
OPAPP and partner agencies in communicating their M&E results, this outcome
focused on distilling learnings from program review and evaluation initiatives and
how these learnings can be communicated to implementers and stakeholders.

i.

Regular program learning processes organized and implemented by OPAPP units


and implementing partners based on established CSMEAL system
Program evaluation initiatives supported. MEUs assistance in evaluation
initiatives focused on the crafting of their designs and assessment on emerging
outcomes derived from the evaluation / learning review. For the PAMANA
Midterm Review, MEU participated in the negotiation process with the Ateneo
School of Government and the Jesse Robredo Institute of Governance-De La Salle
University for the selection of an Independent Evaluator for this initiative. MEU
also provided technical assistance in the review of the technical and financial
proposals of these two institutions. Based on this review, ASoG was selected,
based from the criteria set in the MTR procurement process, to be the IE for the
PAMANA Mid-term Review.
MEU, as part of the 3ie reviewer representing the implementing agency,
facilitated the review of the submission of the two organizations (Innovations for
Poverty Action-Philippines and Center for Econometrics and Empirical
Economics-University of Mannheim) that responded to 3ies request for
qualifications for the proposal preparation for impact evaluation of PAMANA.
The review includes an assessment of organizations research credentials,
organizational capability, and research experience in undertaking peacebuilding
studies. Based on this review, the University of Mannheim was selected as the
research organization to undertake proposal preparation for the PAMANA impact
evaluation study.

Level of adoption of outcome tracking activities in agency program review and


evaluation initiatives. OPAPP though MEU spearheaded the outcomes mapping
activity for PAMANA-ARA during the PAMANA-ARA Assessment and Planning
Workshop last 13-15 May in Glan, Sarangani. Outcomes mapping is part of the
CSMEAL guidelines in outcomes monitoring and is proposed to be undertaken
with agencies during regular inter-agency meetings or program review and
evaluation activities. Outcomes mapping for PAMANA involves identifying
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relationships, actions, activities, policies, practices or conditions of these


stakeholders in a particular area and time period, and the social actor/s and their
strategies that contributed to these changes.
In summary, the following outcomes were identified by DAR Field Officers:
Immediate development benefits, such as improved access to basic services
and to livelihood and employment opportunities, were highlighted.
Complementation of PAMANA interventions implemented by different
agencies (DAR and DA) in one area help to enhance the effect of these
immediate development benefits for communities.
The conduct of Barangay Workshop Consultations, capacity-building
seminars, and other activities that ensure involvement of peoples
organizations in project implementation contribute to transforming reluctant
and skeptical community members to active, participative and supportive
partners in community-building. Specific inputs on peacebuilding processes
(i.e., lectures on peace, conflict and social cohesion) also helped community
members understand conflict issues, improve intergroup relationships and
engage in peacebuilding efforts at the community level.
LGU involvement in the different project phases helps build LGU
responsiveness to community needs and aspirations. The community-driven
development approach espoused in PAMANA-ARA provided a venue for
LGUs to engage different sectors (e.g., peoples organization, security sector,
other government agencies) in the identification, implementation and
monitoring of community projects. LGU partnership with different sectors
extends even beyond completion of PAMANA-ARA projects.
Although investments in PAMANA-ARA projects are minimal as compared to
other government interventions, community members express more
appreciation for these interventions as compared to other projects that still
remain to be implemented. For communities, PAMANA-ARA served to bring
demonstrate governments hard work in addressing the needs and aspirations
of their communities.

E. Data Management and Information System Set up


1. Management of Data on PAMANA Peace and Development Projects. Maintenance
and management of the consolidated PAMANA data is continuously undertaken.
Specifically, the unit has produced:
i. Updated PAMANA masterlist (status and details) as of 1st Q 2015
ii. Varying requests from OPAPP units on different permutations of the
PAMANA data
iii. Varying requests from OPAPP units on PAMANA maps and other indicators
2. PAMANA Information System (PIS). The PIS is an online system for the
consolidation and recording of all data on PAMANA projects to facilitate monitoring,
data sharing, processing and reporting. As of date, the unit:

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i.

ii.

Completed enhancement of the PAMANA Information System


Created new user accounts and access
Created temporary database for for-review projects
Developed email facility (alert mechanism)
Migrated PAMANA data to PIS

3. Development of Grievance Redress and Feedback System (GRFS). The GRFS is a


web-based system that will capture grievances from public and monitoring data from
the ground. It is a product of the need to centralize the database of grievances,
monitor issues and facilitate issue resolution. As of date, the unit:
i. Restructured the GRFS Public Web Portal and GRFS OPAPP Web Portal based on
systems review:
Redesigned database and graphic user interface (GUI)
Restructured database and process flow
Modified feedback form details and status
Created scripts on new pre-categories (Appreciation, Query, Grievance)
Developed email facility (alert mechanism)
ii. Is in the process of restructuring the system based on newly emerging
requirements of the M&E
4. CLIP Information Management System (CIMS). The CIMS formerly called, FRISCLIP, is a customized application for systematic and structured documentation of
information on former rebels, is initially developed as offline application. After
consultations with DILG, the development of web version started. As of date, the unit:
i. Enhanced the web CIMS based on system review
Redesigned GUI according to results matrix
Added reporting facility for aggregates
Added mapping facility for the distribution of the former rebels
ii. Enhanced the DILG Claims Settlement system based on new requirements
Added firearms functionality on enrollment
Added verification/validation feature
Restructured the process flow
5. Normalization Information System (NIS). The NIS is envisioned to accommodate
pertinent data management needs in the implementation of the Normalization
Process. MEU provided DMU the categorization of items for the BIAF profiling tool.
6. Decommissioned Combatant Management System (DCMS). The DCMS is one of the
components of the Normalization IS, and is designed for systematic and structured
documentation of information on decommissioned combatants. As of date, the unit:
i. Developed registration system for the Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB)
ii. Customized FRIS to harmonize with the requirements of the Normalization
iii. Setup decommissioning system in Camp Darapanan for the 145 combatants

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F. The Conflict Sensitivity and Peace Promotion (CSPP)


1. CSPP PAMANA Guidelines. OPAPP is harmonization of existing documents on
CSPP and is currently in the process of finalizing the CSPP Handbook / Checklist,
wherein the over-all agenda of crosscutting concerns (NAPWPS/Women, Children,
Indigenous People, Elderly and Persons with Disabilities) had been integrated.
Meetings have been held in order to present and finalize draft versions of the
standard PAMANA guidelines.
For the second quarter, several meetings were held between the OPAPP PAMANACSPP Composite Team and DILG to discuss the mainstreaming strategies and plan of
action for PAMANA Pillar I. Specifically, the latest meetings of these meetings were:
i.

Meeting with BLGD re PAMANA Baseline Data, 12 May 2015. DILGNAPOLCOM.


ii. Meeting with DILG Bureaus (BLGD, BLGS, NBOO, LGA) re PAMANA Pillar I
M&E System Development, 12 May 2015. DILG-NAPOLCOM.
iii. Meeting with BLGD re PAMANA CSPP Guidelines and Green book, 5 June
2015. DILG-NAPOLCOM.
iv. Meeting re Operationalizing CAAs, 8 June 2015, AFPCOC.

G. Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP)


a. Pre-Testing of Healing and Reconciliation (H&R) Tool and Orientation
As part of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program, OPAPP through the
Project Management Office of the Capacitating Government in DDR and in
coordination with the PAMANA-CLIP Coordinating Unit (PCCU) facilitated a
series of pre-testing runs of the Healing and Reconciliation Tool for Former NPA
Rebels. Specifically, the OPAPP-Policy Unit provided technical and administrative
assistance in the conduct of runs in Bukidnon and Davao Oriental last 29 May 2015
(Prep Meeting); 9-10 June 2015; 16-17 June 2015. Over-all, the pre-testing of the
H&R tool had been conducted in 7 provinces, specifically, in Bacolod, Bukidnon,
Davao City, Tacloban, Lucena, Davao Oriental and Naga.
b. Support to the implementation of the Comprehensive Localization Integration
Program (CLIP)
During this quarter, the following were the accomplishments of OPAPP:
i. Formal transmittal of CLIP Security Protocol to DILG last April 2015
ii. Pre-testing of H&R tool to selected CLIP beneficiaries last June 2015 (Negros
Occidental, Bukidnon, Quezon, Camarines Sur, Davao Oriental,Davao City,
Leyte)
iii. M&E Guideline was presented to selected CLIP Committee during the Program
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iv. Monitoring (thru phone calls and letters to regional offices) of CHED and
PHILHEALTH beneficiaries on the status of their assistance. Issues and concerns
were forwarded to OED.
v. Provided comments and issues relative to the implementation of PHILHEALTH
to OED as input to the PHILHEALTH Assessment Activity last May 26, 2015.
vi. Orientation on the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) for AFP
Ground Operators held at Lucena City and Iloilo City on 9 June 2015 and 18
June 2015, respectively.

H. Communicating Peace
Following the efforts of the OPAPP Communications Group in minimizing the negative
perceptions of the public on the governments entire peace process brought about by the
Mamasapano incident in 25 January 2015, the Communications Group exerted its
activities to advance the passage of the proposed BBL and the establishment of
Bangsamoro as the Philippines best chance to achieve lasting and genuine peace and
security in Mindanao.
The OPAPP Communications Group pushed this objective upon the resumption of
hearings and deliberations in the Senate and the House of Representatives on the draft
BBL during this period. The Communications Group, through the Bangsamoro
Communications Team, produced seven (7) communication plans and helped push the
OPAPPs and the GPH-MILFs messages and communication materials during media
coverage of the hearings of the Senate Committee on Local Government and the House
Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL on the draft BBL, and when the House Ad Hoc
Committee passed House Bill No. 5881 or the Basic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous
Region and submitted it to plenary deliberations in the House of Representatives.
In support of the Presidents directive for the passage of the BBL, the OPAPP
Communications Group, through the Bangsamoro Communications Team, also produced
fifty-four (54) press releases; five (5) statements/speeches/ messages; and eighty-seven
(87) communication materials (PRs/ statements, and/or speeches). Furthermore, the IEC
Team developed a total of twenty-seven (27) materials to aid the publics understanding
and positive projection of the BBL, PAMANA, and other programs and projects under
the agency. Meanwhile, 13 proposed IEC materials were likewise submitted.
As public discussion on the peace process with the communist rebels also resumed, the
Communications Groups CNN Team crafted communications plan for the GPH-CNN
peace process; managed issues; covered events/activities; staged events and provided
media support to activities; and monitored news and issues related to or concerning the
GPH-CNN peace process and other related peace tables.
Communications and editorial support services were provided to the Bangsamoro
Communications Team and the CNN Team by the Communications Groups News Desk,
Media Relations Unit, Creatives Unit, News Monitoring Unit, and the Mindanao Bureau.
The Social Media Team, on the other hand, dedicated more efforts on issues management
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OPAPPs Twitter page (@OPAPP_peace) is still the most popular among the agencys
social media platforms and the fastest growing in terms of constituency. As of June 30,
2015, @OPAPP_peace has a following of 28,586, while the OPAPP Facebook page
(fb.com/peace.opapp) has a 18,179 likes. PAMANA and I am for Peace social media pages
also grew considerably. Increased activities and fresh materials helped raise the follower
count on both Facebook and Twitter platforms. At the end of the second quarter of 2015,
PAMANA Twitter (@PAMANAgovph) has 1,094 followers, while the Facebook page
(fb.com/PAMANAph) has 2,491 likes. I am for Peace Facebook (fb.com/iamforpeacePH)
has 2,108 followers; and 2,903 followers on Twitter (@iamforpeacePH).

IV.

Other Peacebuilding Initiatives


In furtherance of enhancing knowledge, skills, and attitudes on conflict-sensitive and
peacebuilding processes, both within the organization, and with partners in government and
civil society; and strengthening peace constituencies towards sustained peace and
development, the following were undertaken:
I.

Children in Situation of Armed Conflict


OPAPP, as permanent representative to the Inter-agency Committee on Children in
Armed Conflict (IAC-CIAC), the agency regularly participates in the meetings of the
Government of the Philippines Monitoring, Reporting and Response System on Grave
Child Rights Violations (GPH-MRRS on GCRVs), as well as the Joint CTFMR and GPHMRRS meetings. On 10 April 2015 meeting member agencies were updated on newlyreported GCRVs, discussed appropriate next steps of action and other pertinent matters
including reports, orientations and other activities relevant to IAC-CIAC.
OPAPP also attended a one-day workshop wherein data and information from the
members of the IAC-CIAC and some Local Government Units (LGUs) were gathered to
facilitate the process of developing the local situationer on Children in Situations of
Armed Conflict (CSAC). Said workshop was held in Bayview Park Hotel, Roxas Blvd,
Manila on 3 June 2015.

J.

Information, Education and Communication Campaign (IEC Campaign) on the draft


Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)
In support to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), orientations were given
during the conduct of RDCs. Four (3) BBL Orientations were conducted in the Samar
Island (1) and in the Compostela Valley Davao Caraga (2) areas. From these activities,
7 resolutions were passed in support to the BBL.
In the other areas, the PPOC became the venue of BBL briefings and orientations. 10
briefings were conducted in the following provinces:
Bicol-Quezon-Mindoro: 3 (Masbate, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon)
Samar Island: 3 (Samar, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar)
Comval-Davao-Caraga: 4 (Bukidnon, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, IPMR meeting
in Davao del Sur)

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The Comprehensive Briefing and Training for NCMF was conducted with the main
objective of developing a pool of NCMF speakers who can effectively discuss the CAB and
the salient points of the proposed BBL. The trained NCMF speakers are expected to plan
IEC activities for the BBL within their agency and for their key stakeholders. The Policy
Unit, through ASec Jennifer Santiago-Oreta, participated in the 2-day training seminar.
24-25 April 2015, Great Eastern Hotel (formerly Aberdeen Court).
Provided technical assistance and administrative support (mostly coordination with BBL
Peace Room / IEC team and linking them with Bantay Bayanihan) in the conduct of the
BBL Forum Series that was being organized by the Bantay Bayanihan network. In
particular, ASec Jennifer Santiago - Oreta provided technical assistance as one of the
resource speakers for the Samar and Dumaguete leg held last 18 May 2015, Hotel
Alejandro and 4 June 2015, Plenary Hall, Negros Oriental Convention Center,
respectively. The Policy Unit also attended and participated in the first forum in the said
series, the NCR leg, conducted at Astoria, Pasig City last 28 May 2015.
Conducted research on the conflict of laws in non-federal states where autonomies exist
and how such is addressed, the jurisdictional disputes between the Central and the Local
Government, the need for coordination protocols between the Central Government and
the Bangsamoro Government, the vesting on the BHRC of prosecutorial powers and
power to compel the appearance of witnesses and the production of evidence, the Paris
Principles and other Human Rights Institutions in other countries where prosecutorial
powers are granted to them, the constitutionality of Bangsamoro constitutional bodies, the
plebiscite requirement for inclusion in the Bangsamoro, the asymmetrical relations, the
conflict of laws, and the BBL and IPRA, among others.
K. Production of Knowledge Products (KP)
A key informant interview was conducted with LTGEN Aurelio B. Baladad AFP
(Commanding General), U3 and U7 of EASTMINCOM regarding the disposition of arms
and forces (DAF) and Human Rights/ International Humanitarian Law (HR/IHL) as input
to the KP being written on these topics.
L. OPAPP Library
In the establishment of the OPAPP Library, the following were accomplished within the
quarter:
1. Continuing
organization/inventory/digitizing/reclassification,
scanning
and
cataloguing of AVPs, documents and other materials related to peace and other
OPAPP activities;
2. On-going revision of draft Library Operations Manual;
3. Subscription of periodicals/newspapers: Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star,
The Standard;
4. Acquisition of new books and materials (14 from the Office of the Secretary and 3
purchased from the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF)
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