Peace agenda stays as living document
By Mai Gevera
Davao City (25 June) -- After a year-long consultation with various concerned sectors in Mindanao, the Mindanao Peaceweavers is set to launch the Mindanao People's Peace Agenda on Friday (June 25).
It is the product of discussion, consultation, and sharing amongst different groups to come up with a Mindanao peace agenda that is owned by the people.
"We have conducted area consultations with leaders of Bangsamoro, Lumads, and settlers from all over Mindanao.We have discovered key issues that need to be addressed to build lasting peace in Mindanao. These are all embodied in MPPA, which we envision to become a living document for solidarity." Gus Miclat of the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) said in yesterday's Club 888 Business Forum.
He added that the peace agenda crafted by the people will stay as a living document which doesn't end after its crafting.
"This agenda is subject to further feedback, dialogue to develop solidarity," he said. The peace agenda may change according to the direction decided upon by the people.
The piece of document contains the voice of the people on self-determination, human rights, humanitarian accountability, good governance, environmental sustainability, national peace policy, and solidarity.
Panelists on the MPPA Launch include GRP Negotiating Panel Chair Undersecretary Rafael Seguis, MILF Negotiating Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal, Mindanao Development Authority Chair Secretary Jess Dureza, GABRIELA Partly List representative Luz Ilagan, and incoming DSWD secretary Dinky Soliman.(PIA XI) [top]