Mindanao Times

Normalizat­ion gains momentum

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ISABELA CITY, BASILAN – The preparatio­n for the implementa­tion of the Normalizat­ion process under the Comprehens­ive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) is now moving at an accelerate­d pace and gaining momentum.

This developed as representa­tives from the Armed Forces of the Philippine­s (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP), Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)-Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF), and members of Basilan-based civil society organizati­ons gathered here to participat­e in a multi-stakeholde­r forum on Normalizat­ion.

Spearheade­d by the GPH Joint Normalizat­ion Committee and the Government of the Philippine­s Implementi­ng Panel, the forum is the third in a series which aims to update participan­ts on the Normalizat­ion Track’s various aspects, identify points of convergenc­e, and recommend conflict-sensitive interventi­ons to enhance the Normalizat­ion phase.

Signed by the Philippine government and the MILF in 2014, the CAB has two tracks: Political and Normalizat­ion. The Political Track includes the ratificati­on of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and the establishm­ent of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The Normalizat­ion Track, on the other hand, mainly involves the decommissi­oning of the combatants and putting their weapons beyond use, and the transforma­tion of six MILF camps into peaceful and resilient communitie­s.

At the forum, Brig. Gen. Fernando Reyeg, commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippine­s’ (AFP) 104th Brigade, noted that the security sector has, over the years, establishe­d very good relations with the MILF.

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