Assistant Secretary Rolando B. Asuncion of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)

City of Koronadal, South Cotabato –  The Mindanao Peace and Development Framework (MPDF) was one of the highlights of the Regional Development Council (RDC) XII agenda during its 62nd Regular Meeting on June 20, 2018 at Palm Pavilion, Tacurong City.  The MPDF was presented by Assistant Secretary Rolando B. Asuncion of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

The OPAPP’s presentation of the said framework aims to inform the stakeholders of the guiding principle and structural elements of government’s efforts, as well as to answer queries pertaining to peace and development of Mindanao.

According to Asec. Asuncion, the MPDF was anchored on the Chapter 17 of the Philippine/Regional Development Plan, 2017-2022, which is “Attaining Just and Lasting Peace”.  He emphasized the two faces of Mindanao as featured in the framework, which are: first, the developed one where growth and development is prevalent; and second, the less developed one, which is the lagging and conflict-affected areas. With the observed Mindanao condition, disparities across regions were experienced in terms of quality of governance and in stability and security, he added.

Meanwhile, Asec. Asuncion emphasized the MPDF vision to solve the problem of disparities, which is “A Peaceful, Cohesive and Inclusively Developed Mindanao.” He likewise mentioned the five strategic outcomes that the framework would like to attain, namely: effective governance, resilient communities, inclusive economic growth, stable security environment, and nationwide consensus for peace. In the attainment of the strategic outcomes, specific programs like Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA), Bangsamoro normalization, conflict transformation, among others will be implemented, the Asec added.

Asec. Asuncion answered the queries of the members that CPP-NPA and the concerns on Bangsamoro were considered in the framework, but not much on the issue of federalism considering that the framework was formulated ahead of the move for the proposed shift to federal form of government. (Sandra J. Alido, NEDA XII-DRD)