March 9 ------ The Philippine government and the United Nations (UN) have agreed to enhance the framework which guides the country's priorities related to peace processes and the gains reaped from it. Through the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the Philippines has agreed to improve the Partnership Framework for Sustainable Development (PFSD) with the UN. According to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), the PFSD's Peace Pillar was enhanced to call on the government, civil society, and the general public to continue building on the gains of peacebuilding and development initiatives.
"Based on the pillar discussions we've had, the Peace Pillar Results Framework will be further enhanced in view of sharpening results and indicators based on significant developments in the country's peace and security context," said OPAPP acting assistant secretary for Peace Policy and Planning Pamela Ann Padilla-Salvan. "It is very important to integrate all our projects in collaboration with different agencies, which is why a strong mechanism for monitoring is essential," added Deputy Presidential Peace Adviser for Operations Undersecretary Isidro L. Purisima.
For its part, the UN Development Program reaffirmed its continued support for the government's peace and development agenda. "In terms of the system, we’re behind with what the government wants to do in terms of the peace process," said United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative Titon Mitra.