Prolonged ceasefire tops emerging issues on development
“It is most likely that a scenario of prolonged ceasefire without the signing of a peace agreement will persist for quite sometime,” a government official said citing the
concern on top of six other issues that he expected will heavily
impact on the peace and development efforts in Mindanao.
Dr. Fermin Adriano, consultant to the Mindanao Economic Development
Council (MEDCo) and senior advisor at the Office of the Presidential
Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), put the issues forward last
Monday in a review conference on paradigms of development in Mindanao.
Adriano, in his paper presented to the First Mindanao Studies
Conference, said the consideration of the issue is utmost in moving
the peace process forward.
He cited the impasse over the inclusion of additional areas to the
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in the proposed
“Bangsamoro Juridical Entity” and the manner by which the areas will
Adriano cited that many donors are waiting for the peace agreement as
cue to extend more aid to conflict affected areas as “peace
“The challenge is how to use the available limited assistance to
create a real impact on confidence-building to convince the rebels of
the sincerity of the government in finding a negotiated peace settlement of the conflict,” he said in his paper furnished to conference participants.