August 26, 2016
Tracy Anne Dumalo; Tongtongan Ti Umili-CPA secretary general
Tongtongan Ti Umili-CPA welcomes the formal resumption of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) which started this 22nd of August at Oslo, Norway.
We call on Baguio citizens, groups and institutions to support the peace talks and the campaign for a just and lasting peace in the country. We also urge everyone to raise and voice out the various issues and concerns faced by the people as a means of further pushing the GRP and NDFP to discuss the immediate and long term demands needed for the country. Poverty, corruption, lack of social services, human rights violations, and destruction of natural resources are just some of the roots of armed conflict in the country which will be tackled during the peace talks process.
The peace talks will tackle socio-economic and political reforms that will have a great impact on the lives of the Filipino people. In like manner, these reforms which will be tackled and addressed at the national level will have a huge bearing on the programs and policies at the local areas. The issues and concerns faced by the people of Baguio are felt throughout the country, which is why we urge everyone to unite with the wider population to continue in pushing both panels to tackle the main causes of problems faced by the Filipino people by joining discussions and activities that will raise our awareness in the call for a just and lasting peace. ###