The Joint Monitoring Committee
The Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) was formed on February 14, 2004 to monitor the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP/GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
As stipulated in the said agreement, the JMC shall meet every three months in the Philippines or any other venue agreed upon by the Parties and as often as deemed necessary by the co-chairpersons due to an urgent issue or complaint.
Technical and administrative support is provided by the Joint Secretariat (JS) which is composed of independent nominees and contracted staff separately nominated and hired by the GRP and NDFP.
Composition of the JMC
The JMC is composed of three members chosen by the GRP Panel and three members chosen by the NDFP Panel. The GRP and NDFP also nominated two representatives each from human rights organizations who sit in the JMC as observers. The JMC has co-chairpersons who serve as chief representatives of the Parties and act as moderators of meetings.