Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza boasted the current administration’s initiatives to secure peace in the Philippines.
The Philippine government’s efforts were recognized as he spoke before the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York City on April 25.
Some of the peace initiatives of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) include: the implementation of socio-economic development programs in conflict-affected areas through PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) and the development of a peace constituency through the People’s Peace Table.
Dureza stressed this shows the Duterte regime’s commitment to promoting peace in the country.
The presidential adviser also noted that peace and development “should come hand in hand.”
“As you all know very well, you cannot have peace – or you cannot sustain peace – if there is no development; and you cannot also sustain development unless there is peace,” he said.
“We cannot address sustainable peace if you only attend to people who are triggers of conflict, or are involved in conflict,” he added.
Ending his speech, Dureza reiterated the government’s commitment to choosing the path to peace.
“The work for peace is not an easy to road to travel. There are roadblocks. There are many ways, however, to peace. We cannot avoid roadblocks … but we have to stay in the course,” he said.