The fifth round of peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Phililppines (NDFP) is drawing near. As a socio-economic research institution, IBON observes the historic peace talks under the Duterte administration with interest especially with the start of negotiations on a Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER).
IBON believes in the importance of increasing public awareness on the economic and social reforms being discussed in the peace negotiations. The institution intends to help build the constituency for reforms that will benefit millions of Filipinos, especially the poor majority who are denied their economic, social and cultural rights.
In this light, IBON humbly invites media practitioners and campaigners to “#CASERGoals: National Development, Social Justice, and Peace”, a media forum that will tackle the CASER and the nation’s search for true development. Representatives of the GRP and NDFP negotiating panels will be asked to tackle their proposed social and economic reforms which IBON will analyze comparatively.
The #CASERGoals media forum will be on May 22, 2017 at 10 o’clock in the morning at the Coconut House located at the QC Memorial Circle.