Friday, May 24, 2013

Mechanism for transparent implementation of peace pact with former Cordi rebels set

From the Website of OPPAP

Mechanism for transparent implementation of peace pact with former Cordi rebels set

Baguio City – A mechanism for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Transparency (MET) of the government’s Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Cordillera Bodong Administration (CBA) – Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) is set for signing on May 24 by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and Cordillera-based civil society organizations (CSOs).

“The MET mechanism shows commitment of both the government and the CBA-CPLA to principles of transparency and accountability in implementing the 2011 MOA,” said OPAPP Undersecretary Maria Cleofe Gettie Sandoval.

According to Sandoval, the signing ceremony is seen to cement partnerships with the CSOs towards attainment of good governance.

“OPAPP and our CSO partners believe that the MET mechanism can improve governance and monitoring of government’s peace and development projects and programs,” she added.

Engaging the public through CSOs

The signing ceremony with CSO partners is hoped to enhance the engagement of the public through the CSOs’ creative approaches in monitoring and evaluation of projects.

“The MET will utilize collaborative approaches and engage the public in promoting an atmosphere of constructive and productive dialogue and mutual cooperation in the monitoring and implementation of the 2011 MOA,” Sandoval stated.

Independent M&E

The MET mechanism with CSOs shall ensure independent regular monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the progress of the GPH–CBA-CPLA MOA implementation.

It is designed to go beyond the minimum requirements of monitoring physical accomplishment, towards helping OPAPP find out how the MOA and its various components have helped to build peace on the ground.

“This means, for instance, helping find the connection not just between development and poverty, but also between development and peace. This also means having a role in local mechanisms for sustaining peace beyond the MOA’s implementation timeframe,” said Sandoval.

The CSOs set to sign the agreement as partners of OPAPP for the MET mechanism are Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Governance (Abra); Peoples Organization for Social Transformation Development Network Inc. (Apayao), Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (Ifugao), International Association for Transformation (Kalinga), and EBGAN, Inc. (Mountain Province). #

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