OPAPP seeks more collaboration with civil society

December 12, 2010 10:44 am 

MANILA, Dec. 11 – The government is strengthening its collaboration with civil society to advance peace and development in conflict-affected areas.

Undersecretary Luisito Montalbo of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) stressed this in a recent speech before representatives from non-government organizations, indigenous peoples and people’s organizations to outline possible areas of collaboration during a caucus at the Bayview Hotel in Manila.

OPAPP’s development track dubbed as PAMANA, or Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Peaceful and Progressive Community) complements the peace negotiations.

Montalbo said the government needs the immense support from civil society.

PAMANA has three pillars — building foundations for peace, establishing resilient communities, and addressing regional development.

“It is a work-in-progress, as OPAPP is still completing the roadmap for submission to President Aquino, finalizing institutional partnerships, and establishing peace and development communities,” he said.

However, Montalbo stressed that there is a need to engage civil society this early, citing that meetings should be held regularly to provide mechanisms for starting and sustaining partnerships.

He also sought civil society’s help in “expanding the discourse on the peace process,” citing OPAPP’s current improvements in its communication strategies, such as social networking through the website forum, Facebook and Twitter, as well as involvement in school or university-initiated forums and events.

Montalbo also said OPAPP is open to suggestions on how to improve relationships and communication lines between government and all sectors of society. (PNA)



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