CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Top military officials from the 602nd Infantry (Liberator) Brigade joined the Government of the Philippines (GPH) Implementing Panel in their visit to Camp Rajamuda, one of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) major strongholds, in Pikit North, Cotabato.
The visit is part of agency’s program to provide updates to the MILF troops on the implementation of socio-economic programs, confidence building and amnesty, decommissioning of MILF combatants, and creation of Joint Peace and Security Teams to secure their communities until 2022.
Under the socio-economic program, MILF members and their families will undergo processing to receive social protection (health insurance), livelihood and educational assistance, and other development package.
The GPH panel was led by Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Undersecretary Gloria Jumamil-Mercado.
“We are currently at the implementation stage on what has been agreed upon during the negotiation part of this peace process”, USec Mercado said.
“We had finished the negotiations part and our challenge now is the timely implementation of the agreement set forth,” the USec added.
On the other hand, Jack Abas, MILF-BIAF Eastern Mindanao Front Commander and now a member of Bangsamoro Transition Commission, stressed that he is one with the implementing panel as there will be no more discussion about the BOL but a time to implement of what has been agreed.
“This activity is to introduce the peace agreement for everyone to understand. This peace is for our people,” Abas added.
Brig. Gen. Alfredo V. Rosario, Commander of 602 nd Infantry Brigade, assured the MILF members that the AFP will work hand in hand in the implementation the peace process.
“We will continue to implement the guidance of President Rodigo Roa Duterte as reiterated during his SONA for us to fully support the peace process and ensure peace and order in our communities,” Brig. Gen. Rosario said.
“The activity was another historic event during the implementation of the peace process with the MILF in Mindanao. The task at hand now is to implement what has been agreed during the negotiations. The Government Implementing Panel, the AFP and the MILF will continue working together and move forward in attaining a long and lasting peace in Mindanao,” said Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon, Commander of 6 th Infantry Division.