GRP – RPM-M Peace Process: The “Other”
Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the
Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa sa Mindanaw (RPM-M)
Balay Mindanaw remains committed to
its role as Mediator and Independent Secretariat of the GRP-RPMM Peace
Process – the youngest and most modest of the six peace processes
currently going on in the Philippines.
The Framework for this Peace
Process which states:
“Empowered and sustainable
communities are the real foundation of lasting peace. The process itself
(and not the process’ end) will already allow these communities to win
small victories, and build peace by and for themselves. The final
resolution is important but communities need not wait for this. Building
peace is here and now.”
- Final resolution to the conflict through a formal peace agreement between GRP and RPM-M; and
- Empowered, sustainable and peaceful barangays, communities and tribes able to freely analyze their situation, appreciate their resources, identify their needs, formulate and implement their own plans, and living in harmony with history, culture and nature.
Specific Project Objectives:
- The formulation of conflict profile/mapping specifically of the barangay, consolidated sectoral issues with stress on cases of conflicts as well as issues on the marginalization of the tribal groups, and identified priority projects thru the conduct of local consultations in at least twenty barangays in Mindanao.
- Implementation of priority development projects in the barangays covered by the local consultations.
- Pursue the formal talks leading to a formal peace agreement.
Indicators for Objectives:
- At least 100 local consultations conducted yearly
- At least 100 consultation documentation
- At least 100 peace and development agendas formulated
- At least 500 proposals for the priority projects developed
- At least 100 livelihood projects implemented
- At least 100 other community projects implemented
You are invited and requested to be part of this journey towards peace. The peace process has two basic tracks: the Political Settlement Component and the Development Track. While formal negotiations are going on between the two panels, community-based consultations in the areas where RPM-M forces are present will continue to be conducted. These consultations will be action-oriented and are expected to lead to the identification of problems and their immediate solutions through concrete on-the-ground projects. This will allow these communities to experience “winning small victories” that may convince them and the RPM-M forces to try the path of equality, development and peace.
You are thus requested to support the conduct of the local consultations in at least ten (10) of the new set of one hundred barangays identified by GRP and RPM-M.
Among the most important component of this proposal is the establishment of the Community Peace and Development Support Fund of P100,000.00 per barangay or a total of P1,000,000.00 for ten barangays. Something should immediately happen after each consultation especially in terms of priority projects identified during the consultations. However, it would take sometime to mobilize sufficient resources especially coming from the government. The P100,000.00 allocated for each barangay is expected to ensure that something actually happens in the community after the consultation. This amount would be enough to support small rural infrastructure, livelihood, and other small development projects. This is necessary to help these communities experience the “small victories” needed to inspire them to continue pursuing the path of and to peace.
A new feature of this Component is the provision of support towards the Strengthening of the Peace Process by enhancing the interventions aimed at building the confidence and capacity of the Parties to engage meaningfully and effectively in the continuing peace process. This will include creation of venues for dialogue among the parties involved, responding to specific capacity-building needs of the parties, support to joint travels locally and abroad, and other creative means of enhancing the peace process.