The one-day activity was attended by twenty-eight (28) participants representing the OPAPP led by Assistant Secretary for Peace and Security Affairs, and Government of the Philippines (GPH) Focal Person for the Peace Corridor, Col. Dickson Hermoso (ret.) and his counterpart from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Mr. Mohajirin Ali, as well as key stakeholders from civil society and international development partners.
The Peace Corridor-JCMAC was established between the GPH and the MILF through their respective Peace Implementing Panel (PIP) in light of the MILF’s offer to assist in the resolution of the Marawi City crisis. In the aftermath of the crisis, the GPH-MILF Peace Corridor will continue and transform itself into a mechanism that can better respond to the emerging needs and challenges on the ground in preventing violent extremism.
The GPH-MILF Peace Corridor shall undertake its work based on three (3) pillars: Response, Protection and Prevention. Noting the crucial work and accomplishments of the GPH-MILF Peace Corridor during the Marawi City crisis and towards preventing violent extremism, the group discussed the direction of the Peace Corridor along each of the three (3) pillars based on the results of the first workshop and a draft Terms of Reference (TOR).
Following the discussions and agreements, a “Proposed Terms of Reference for the GPH-MILF Joint Coordinating, Monitoring and Assistance Center (JCMAC) v2.0” was crafted, which will be presented to the GPH and MILF Peace Implementing Panels for consideration and approval. It was noted that the Peace Corridor – JCMAC will serve as a special mechanism of the peace process.