Statement of Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, GPH peace panel chair on the observance of 11th Nat’l Peace Consciousness Month PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 12:12

The Government of the Philippines (GPH) panel joins all peace advocates this September in the observance of the 11th National Peace Consciousness Month.

We celebrate the fact that, this year, we reached a major milestone in our nation’s history with the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the GPH and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

We know that implementing everything in the signed accord would not be easy. But we are not deterred by the many challenges that lie ahead.

We remain steadfast in working toward our common goal of ending strife among our brethren, building unity instead of enmity, and putting in place the norms and institutions that shall serve as our instruments for good governance, prosperity, and security in Mindanao and the whole country.

It took trust and steadfastness on the part of Government and the MILF for us to have reached this far in our peace process.

Since the signing of the CAB, we have come closer to a well-developed vision of an autonomous Bangsamoro government that  would work  harmoniously and effectively with the Central Government and its constituent parts. The elements and modalities for this would be spelled out in the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law that the President will be transmitting to Congress.

We have instituted the various mechanisms on the ground that would undertake the socio-economic, security, transitional justice  and reconciliation initiatives that we committed to jointly undertake in the Annex on Normalization of the CAB. Altogether, these programs would facilitate the transformation of erstwhile conflict-affected areas into demilitarized, productive communities of empowered men, women and children.

We enjoin everyone to keep the faith and accompany us in this journey, and thank those who have shown us goodwill and supported us in different ways, especially during the critical times.

Sustaining these efforts requires our unity and collective will. Peace is the way. Let us continue to choose peace.