• CAR to monitor peace and development efforts

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    Baguio City: The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp) has set up a monitoring, evaluation and transparency (MET) mechanism and partnered with several civil society organizations (CSOs) to improve the management and monitoring of the government’s peace and development projects in the Cordillera region.

    Undersecretary Marie Cleofe Gettie Sandoval said that the MET mechanism reflects the commitment of both the government (GPH) and the Cordillera Bodong Administration-Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CBA-CPLA) to the principles of transparency and accountability in implementing the peace process memorandum of agreement (MOA) forged in 2011.

    “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 peace and development projects and program under the 2011 GPH-CBA-CPLA MOA,” she said.

    With the agreement now on its second year of implementation, Sandoval said that peace and development projects and programs remain on track, in line with the transformation of the CBA-CPLA into a potent socioeconomic organization.

    To formalize the partnership, the Opapp, represented by Undersecretary Sandoval, signed here on Friday a MOA with representatives of the Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Governance, Peoples Organization for Social Transformation Development Network Inc. of Apayao, Philippine Association of Social Workers Inc.-Ifugao, International Association for Transformation (Kalinga) and CSO Ebgan Inc. of Mountain Province.

    The signing was witnessed by Marcelina Bahatan, Cordillera Bodong Administration president; Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong, regional director of Police Regional Office Cordillera; Marilyn Sta. Catalina, Department of Agriculture regional director; Jonathan Leusen, Department of Interior and Local Government assistant regional director; and Sancho Boquing, National Commission on Indigenous People regional director.

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