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MINCODE Statement on the SONA

We, MINCODE, as a network of networks of development civil society organizations (CSOs) in
Mindanao representing close to 500 community-based organizations, peoples organizations and
development NGOs, highly commend President Benigno S. Aquino III for the positive changes in
government, including improvements and upscaling of the programs that have been proven to have
very positive effects on the lives of many Filipinos as he reported in his 4 th State of the Nation Address, along with his proclamation to continue building on these gains until the end of his term in 2016. As representatives of CSOs, we reaffirm our commitment to contribute to peace, development and nation building by further strengthening our advocacy and work for good governance, poverty reduction, sustainable development, electoral reforms, social enterprise, economic empowerment and peace and development.

We, CSOs in Mindanao, are delighted that the President highlighted the imperative for peace in
Mindanao and made it clear that all signed agreements will be fully implemented. We strongly
commend both the GPH and MILF panels for the recent signing of the Annex on Wealth Sharing and we
strongly call for the completion of the two (2) other Annexes under the Framework Agreement on the
Bangsamoro (FAB) so that the Transition Commission can complete the draft of the Bangsamoro Law
the passage of which Pres. Aquino urged to be done before the end of 2014.

As the President himself pointed out that trust is needed in the peace process, we, CSOs working for peace and development in Mindanao, will remain steadfast, fully committed and shall never waver in journeying together in these processes, trusting that systems are in place and decision-making is participatory. We call therefore for the immediate establishment of a mechanism for CSOs to meaningfully participate in the peace process. As we build constituency supportive of the establishment of the Bangsamoro in Mindanao and national levels, we hope we will be able to bring their sentiments, apprehensions and ideas in proper platforms and appropriate avenues.

We will continue to journey with the Philippine Government as well as with the MILF, and our
Bangsamoro brothers and sisters, towards their shared vision for peaceful political settlement by
ensuring wide public support and increasing peacebuilding capacities of Mindanao communities.
Inspired by this vision for peace and recent positive developments, we reaffirm our commitment to the noble task of meaningfully contributing to building lasting peace and equitable development in
Mindanao

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