Public participation in the implementation of the signed Bangsamoro peace agreements will greatly help in the creation of an inclusive peace process.
This was stressed by Government Implementing Panel for the Bangsamoro Accords chair Irene Santiago during the recently concluded Global Autonomy, Governance, and Federalism Forum 2016 held in
. Makati City
“We need methods that enable people to hear each other because we need to have dialogues more than intersecting monologues,” she added.
Santiago also made mention of organizing different tables per sector, per geographical area, and per group to provide a venue for public conversation on the issues and concerns on the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the 1996 Final Peace Agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
These conversations are keys to effective implementation of the aforementioned agreements especially that preparations toward the legislation of a new enabling law is already on its way, she added.
“Peace issue in
a national enterprise. These processes must be inclusive, integrated, and
imaginative,” the official stressed.
“Public demands two thing: to be heard and to be taken seriously… The people want their power to determine the new arrangement of their society,” the panel chair added.
With these proposed open spaces,
envisions to resolve gaps in
information, knowledge, and understanding of the public. Santiago
“Implementation must be anthropologically informed, not just legalistically and democratically informed. I would also like to think that it is peace-informed,” she pointed out.
“The implementation of all peace agreements has not been particularly this been informed,”
The panel chair also hopes that the dialogues being planned to be undertaken by the government panel, together with their MILF counterpart, will empower people and pave the way for healing and reconciliation.
“In the end, it is the people who decide to empower themselves. We do not empower people; we can only organize spaces where they can do that… More than democratic participation, it must be a process for healing and reconciliation,”