Socio-economic pact frameworks: GRP Constitution, NDF Program

NDF expect “spirited and interesting” discussion on frameworks
[Press release] The Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) Guide for Establishing the People’s Democratic Government and the Program for a People´s Democratic Government of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) will serve as “guiding frameworks” in crafting an agreement on social and economic reforms under the proposed framework and outline exchanged by the NDFP.

Earlier this week, the NDFP exchanged with the GRP a proposed “framework and outline” for the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms, the second substantive agenda to be tackled in the next round of peace negotiations in Oslo, Norway on October 6-10.

The exchange of “framework and outline” was agreed upon during the meeting of the Reciprocal Working Committees on Social and Economic Reforms (RWC-SER) of both Parties last August 24. The substantive agenda on social and economic reforms is next to be negotiated by the two parties according to the framework agreement set by The Hague Joint Declaration of 1992.

“The interests, rights and welfare of the people, and addressing the roots of the armed conflict should be of utmost importance,” says NDFP consultant and RWC-SER member Randall Echanis.

However, Echanis said, “We anticipate a spirited and interesting discussion on the frameworks, and at the same time expect it to be a bit contentious.”

Echanis added that “under the NDFP proposal the responsibility for implementation of the agreement shall be joint and separate.”

The Guide for Establishing the People’s Democratic Government is a 1972 document of the CPP that is being used by the NDFP as basic law in setting up the organs of people’s political power in guerrilla bases and revolutionary territories.

According to the NDFP proposal, the main CASER objectives are: a) carry out agrarian reform and national industrialization; b) advance the rights of exploited, oppressed, discriminated and disadvantaged sectors of society; c) uphold, protect, defend and promote economic sovereignty; and d) conserve the national patrimony and protect the environment.

In addition to the GRP’s 1987 Constitution and the CPP’s Guide for Establishing the People’s Democratic Government, the NDFP also proposed that the CASER refer to “universally accepted principles and instruments of international law, such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of 1966, the International Labor Convention of 1948 on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize and other similar or relevant international covenants.” #

Randall Echanis
Tel. No. 02-725-1457