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Duterte signs executive order on Bangsamoro normalization

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order on the implementation of the annex on the normalization under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

“There is a need to fully implement the various components of the normalization process and capitalize on existing mechanisms and framework under the Annex of Normalization, based on the principle of coordination between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and consistent with Republic Act 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,” portion of the Executive Order 79 signed last April 29.

Section 2 of the Order establishes an Inter-Cabinet Cluster Mechanism on Normalization (ICCMN) that will ensure timely, appropriate and efficient delivery of the Normalization Program.

It shall be composed of representatives from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and the Office of the Cabinet Secretary as co-chairpersons.

The members will consist of representatives from the National Security Council, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of National Defense, Department of Justice, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Health, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Finance, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Information and Communications Technology, National Economic and Development Authority, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.

EO 79 tasks the ICCMN to coordinate and mobilize relevant government agencies in implementing the various aspects of the Normalization Program; provide policy advice, further support and other necessary input or assistance as to the appropriate modality and mechanism for timely and smooth implementation of the different components of the Program; supervise and monitor all social-economic interventions; create a working group on vulnerable sectors to recommend a set of interventions for vulnerable sectors; submit periodic reports on the implementation of the Order to the President; and perform such other functions as may be directed by the President.

Under Duterte’s latest directive, the Normalization Program covers four aspects, namely security aspect, socio-economic development, confidence-building measures, and transitional justice and reconciliation.

The ICCMN will cease to operate upon the signing of the Exit Agreement by the GPH and MILF Implementing Panels or when the ICCMN determines that the programs under the Normalization Program are completely implemented.

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