CAGAYAN DE ORO City, PH — The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) and the Regional Development Council (RDC) in Northern Mindanao jointly and unanimously adopted the Peacebuilding and Development Framework and Agenda (PBDFA) during its joint session on April 4.
The PBDFA concludes that peace and development are basic rights that have to be safeguarded by the State and that the conflicts that surfaced in Region 10 are mainly due to the claims for access and control of resources (land, water, support services, technology, capital and capacity) that are needed by the basic sectors to live with dignity and productively. The RDC-10 and RPOC-10 are now poised to implement the proposed strategies to resolve the conflicts through peaceful means and to utilize the peace dividends to invest in sustainable development programs.
Recognizing the link between peace and development, RPOC-10 Chairman and Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno said that “peace and order, and development are intertwined; we cannot have peace and order without development and vice versa,” adding that “what we need is greater teamwork between the two councils.”
The joint councils also agreed to form the technical working group (TWG) to carry out the cascading, institutionalization and implementation of the framework and agenda at the local levels. The TWG members are NEDA, NCIP, DILG, DENR, DOT, DOST, and Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BMFI).
The PBDFA is formulated to serve as a guide for the different stakeholders in their concerted effort to be proactive in addressing the peace and development issues through a commonly agreed analysis and course of action. It is a general and directional framework that puts in coherent and results-oriented form of relationship between the region’s peace initiatives and societal goal of inclusive growth and poverty reduction.
The adoption of the PBDFA will finally align the peace and security efforts in Region 10 with the local, regional, and national peace and development plans and frameworks.
Because it serves as a vital reference to understanding the context, synchronize efforts and consolidate resources in the planning and implementation of peace-oriented programs and services not only in conflict-affected communities but also in other areas of Northern Mindanao, the PBDFA will be continuously updated to respond to emerging peace and development issues in Region 10 consistent to national and regional policy directions.
GIZ-COSERAM supports DILG 10 and the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in the formulation of the PBDFA. The program provides capacity building support to the Technical Working Group (TWG) tasked to conduct participatory Peace and Conflict Assessment (PCA) that provide the central basis of the PBDFA
Working with various partners in the region through convergent approaches, COSERAM also helped in strengthening the capacities of the various peace and order councils (POCs) in the region in order to optimize the performance of their mandated functions.
During the joint meeting, members also discussed major issues relating to public order and public safety and proposed definite actions to address peace and order concerns that would eventually lead to development.
The joint council meeting will maximize time since many are members of both councils as well as “create greater collaboration and teamwork not just between two councils but also to all stakeholders, government, civilians, military, and police, including the private sectors, community, interfaith, youth, and business community as well,” Moreno said.
Walter Alquiza is COSERAM’s Senior Advisor for Peace Building and Development Needs (PBDN).
All photos are from DILG-10. Used with permission.