OSLO, NORWAY, Aug. 26 - Negotiators from the Philippine government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) on August 25, gave the green light for an accelerated timetable for its Reciprocal Working Committee (RWC) and Reciprocal Working Groups (RWG) to complete work on the substantive agenda of the peace talks in less than a year.
The accelerated timetable was agreed upon and submitted to the GRP and NDF panels by their respective working committee and groups, which held simultaneous discussions Tuesday (Oslo time) afternoon.
"We commend the RWC and RWGs of both panels for working hand-in-hand and agreeing on a fixed timetable for the substantive agenda in record time," said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, concurrent chair of the goverment peace panel.
"We, in the government panel, were surprised that the RWC and RWGs came up with agreements in so short a time. Discussions only lasted from nine minutes to 30 minutes. It was really morale-boosting for both panels," Bello said.
As expected, the longest session was reserved for the discussion on the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER) which would eventually tackle the most contentious issu