“BOL to Benefit All Those Who Desire Peace and Development in Mindanao“-Sec. Dureza

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao— Gracing the 55th Anniversary celebration of Magpet town in North Cotabato as keynote speaker, Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza said that the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) will benefit not just certain groups or sectors but all those who desire peace and development in Mindanao.

 “This BOL is not only for the Moro National Liberation Front, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and the Bangsamoro people but for all,” Dureza said as quoted by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) report on August 13. 

“There must be inclusivity, not exclusivity,” Dureza stressed.

He emphasized that the fact that the historic law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on July 27, recognizes the diversity and ethnicity of the people of Mindanao, especially the indigenous peoples (IPs).

“We really need to give attention to our Lumads. Each tribal group has its own perspective and concerns,” Dureza said. 

He also noted that Magpet’s 29 barangays have Lumads in their respective populations.

“In our work for peace, we need to give importance to all (stakeholders),” he added.

Dureza said this is the reason why issues confronting Mindanao’s IPs should not be ignored but be decisively addressed by government.  

He said working for peace is not an easy task and entails dealing with rebel organizations that have varied and competing ideologies.

Dureza told his audience that the current peace and security situation in Mindanao cannot be resolved mainly through military force, noting that most of the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao are underdeveloped and poverty-stricken and therefore require a multi-pronged approach.

Sec. Dureza said that the purpose of negotiation is not just to achieve peace, but also helping to improve the lives of the people”

 Dureza said under the Duterte Administration’s Peace and Development Roadmap, it is crucial not only to sign peace agreements “but also to bring in development.”

He said peace and development should not happen one after the other but should take place simultaneously.

“Peace is needed to sustain development. They must come hand in hand,” Sec. Dureza said. (Source: OPAPP News)