As we celebrate the holiday season, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our peace partners in the government and private sector, as well as the international donor community who have been instrumental in helping us achieve major gains in the Philippine peace process.

This year has truly been a remarkable one in our nation’s quest for a just and lasting peace – from the establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and the ongoing transition of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) combatants to peaceful and productive civilians; to the ongoing transformation of the Kapatiran and Cordillera Bodong Administration-Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CBA-CPLA), former revolutionary groups, into potent forces of peace and development; to the effective implementation of the government’s whole-of-nation approach which has encouraged communist rebels to give up armed struggle and return to the folds of the law.

All of these milestones would not have been possible without the unwavering support and commitment of all peace stakeholders. Despite the many challenges we confronted, all of you remained steadfast and believed that anything was possible as long as we worked hand in hand and kept focused on our collective vision: enduring and genuine peace for all Filipinos.

As we look forward to another year, let us continue to keep the faith, forge ahead, and focus our energies in creating a brighter and peaceful future for the next generation. Let us break down the walls of fear, animosity, and discord, and build bridges of peace, understanding and solidarity among our people.

Let us be the change we want to see.

On behalf of the men and women of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, I wish all of you and your families the warmth of the holidays, and the bountiful blessings of the incoming year.