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Galvez’s support for the peace process is recognized by the United Nations.

MANILA, Philippines — Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the President’s Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity (PAPRU), was honored by the United Nations (UN) for his “passion and expertise” in pursuing peace-building measures in the country.

Gustavo González, the UN Resident Coordinator in the Philippines, said the Philippine government had “achieved critical milestones” and “earned an important number of victories” in pushing for a true peace process.

“[We] look forward to our continued close collaboration with the Government of the Philippines, and we hope that the new administration will nourish and expand the collective investment made in peace and reconciliation,” González said as he presented Galvez with a plaque of recognition for “major contributions to the comprehensive Philippine peace process” on Wednesday at the Makati Diamond Residences.

The UN agency hosted a cocktail celebration in honor of Galvez, which included ambassadors from Australia, Canada, Norway, France, Japan, and the European Union.

González praised Galvez’s leadership in pushing for the “strengthening of the role of women and youth in the peace process, conflict transformation, and the protection of human rights,” all of which are seen critical for achieving long-term peace, according to an OPAPRU statement released Saturday.

Galvez urged the incoming administration to properly sustain the advances made in the peace process under President Rodrigo Duterte’s leadership.

“As we continue to establish the framework for genuine peace and sustainable development, we would like to call on our international allies to offer the next administration with the same level of support you have provided to the Duterte administration,” he said in a statement.

Galvez expressed gratitude to the United Nations and other international development partners for their vital contributions to the Philippine peace process.

“The UN and its affiliated agencies have been among the OPAPRU’s longest and most active partners in carrying out its mandate of managing, directing, integrating, and supervising the implementation of the comprehensive peace process, including initiatives that promote and reinforce national reconciliation and unity,” he said.

Galvez promised the OPAPRU that it will “continue what it has begun.”

“Even as we transition to the new administration, I want to reassure the United Nations, its attached agencies, and all International Peace Partners present that the OPAPRU is committed to implementing all signed agreements, including all efforts to promote and reinforce National Reconciliation and Unity,” he said.

Galvez also hopes that the international community will back President-elect Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s administration’s priorities, which include agricultural and food security, climate change adaptation, economic recovery, improved health care and education, improved infrastructure projects, including digital infrastructure, use of renewable energy sources, tourism and job creation, and sustainable development.

Galvez’s crucial involvement in the liberation of Marawi in 2017 while still head of the Western Mindanao Command and leadership in the implementation of pandemic response measures were earlier recognized by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin.

“Well, the outcome was a given conclusion when he [Galvez] was nominated to face Covid, and I can say we had a success on that front,” Locsin remarked.

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