Normalization gains momentum
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.