Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Sec. Dureza to talk on gov’t peace efforts in Cebu PIA Kapihan June 20

Cebu City (19 June) -- Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Sec. Jesus Dureza will be the special guest in the weekly Kapihan sa PIA set tomorrow 9:00 a.m. at Club Ultima in Cebu City to talk on government’s relentless efforts to pursue a peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and end the conflict in Mindanao.

Ending hostilities with a final peace accord is one of the top agenda of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as peace is a critical ingredient to economic development.

The Government of the Republic of the Philippines even extends its hands for lasting peace to the New People’s Army (NPA) for them to be reintegrated back into mainstream society and help the government turn the country’s economy around.

Public concerns have surfaced how the recent resignation of the government’s chief panel negotiator Sec. Silvestre Afable will affect the peace negotiations which Sec. Dureza is expected to address during the open forum with the media.

The OPAPP is also expected to promote its upcoming 30-minute live TV program that will launch on July 17 over NBN that will run for one season or 13 episodes.

The program will be issue-based and anchored on the concerns of peace stakeholders. It will deal with current and “contentious” issues head on to generate feedback with the intention of providing an objective discussion on the issues and contribute to an in-depth understanding of the concerns of peace stakeholders. (PIA-Cebu/FCR)

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