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By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
April 3, 2010

TACLOBAN CITY  –  President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has made the Philippines the first country in Asia to adopt the United Nations Security Councils Resolutions, when she recently signed Executive Order No. 865 creating a National Steering Committee on Women, Peace and Security to implement said UN decree.

The Philippines has scored another first in Asia, this time as the first country in the continent to adopt a national action plan ensuring human rights of women in armed conflict.

An article on the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) website said this is in compliance with the UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 for member countries to implement a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

President Arroyo also provided an initial funding of P5 million taken from her contingency fund for the steering committee. Succeeding funding will be from the OPAPP.

The Philippine National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security has four goals.

The first is Protection and Prevention, to ensure the protection and prevention of violations of women’s human rights in armed conflict and post conflict situations.

The second is Empowerment and Participation, to empower women and ensure their active and ensure their active and meaningful participation in areas of peace building, peacekeeping, conflict prevention, conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction.

The third is Promotion and Mainstreaming, to promote and mainstream gender perspective in all aspects of conflict prevention, conflict resolution, and peace building.

Last but not the least is Capacity Development and Monitoring and Reporting, to institutionalize a monitoring and reporting system to monitor, evaluate and report to enhance accountability for the successful implementation of the NAP and achievement of its goals.

OPAPP head Annabelle Abaya, who led the formal launching ceremony in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and Sulong CARHRIL (Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law) in Quezon City, cited the crucial role of women in putting an end to armed conflict because they are basically compassionate, kind and understanding.

She also said she will propose an establishment of an advisory group composed of representatives from civil society that will help monitor and evaluate reports of the NAP.