It could not be found that any of these posts were filled in 1996. The OIC is invited to further expand its assistance and good offices to monitor the full implementation of this Agreement during the transitional period until the regular self-government is firmly established and, to this end, to contribute to the achievement of broad international support for the Zone of Peace and Development. When a provisional ceasefire agreement was signed in 1993, Indonesia, as a member of ASEAN, became responsible for the implementation of the ceasefire and provided personnel as ceasefire observers. Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos encouraged the participation of Indonesia and the OIC; further peace talks were held and representatives of both sides met in Jakarta. Indonesia facilitated the Jakarta Agreement in 1996, which was to lead to the full implementation of the 1976 Tripoli Agreement.  In 1996, reintegration projects were planned specifically to train MNLF combatants who were not integrated into the army or national police. USAID is well positioned to assist with reintegration in Mindanao, as it has been present there since the early 1990s with projects designed to help reduce poverty and increase good governance (e.B GEM and governance and local democracy projects). Among the many USAID-funded programs in Mindanao were the major ELAP, LEAP, and SWIFT programs.1 As peace talks with the MILF collapsed, violence increased in the southern Philippines.
Reports of human rights violations, including extrajudicial executions and torture of detainees by security personnel, are widespread. Amnesty International publishes a special report for the year 2000 on the prevalence of pre-trial torture in the Philippines1 Neither the PNP Regional Command for the New Autonomous Region nor the Regional Security Special Force (SRSF) were established this year. Republic Act 9054 also reproduces the wording of the 1996 Peace Agreement on the Establishment of the Office of the Deputy Administrator of Courts, but the Office was not established and none of the above three appointments were made1 The Directory of the Office of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of the Philippines (DOJ) does not contain a list for the Office of the Deputy Judicial Administrator of the ARMM.2 To insurgent groups and to their supporters, the agreement would serve as an indicator of the seriousness with which the government is seeking to find and adhere to a mutually acceptable solution. The government hoped that the agreement would show how people`s aspirations for social justice and self-determination could be met through peaceful political struggle – without resorting to a war for secession (in the case of the MILF) or overthrow of the government (as in the case of the armed left). For abroad, the most striking thing about the peace processes in Mindanao is how they reflect the complexity of the physical geography of the Philippines – an archipelago with varying concentrations of conflict and social organization, where even the history of negotiations is disjointed and diverse. The Muslim (or Moro) and indigenous Lumad peoples of Mindanao, now overtaken by the “majority of Filipinos” – the largely Christian descendants of the 20th century settlers of the northern and central Philippines – assert their rights to their traditional lands and self-determination. The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) resorted to a war of independence in the 1970s after Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law. Meanwhile, a communist-led rebellion has spread from the northern Philippines to Mindanao, attracting many majority Filipinos, especially among the rural poor, and a few Lumads in the New People`s Army (NPA) Ten years after the signing of the peace agreement, the GRP of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) reports that it has applied Sharia law and reports that there are five district courts of the Sharia and 30 Sharia district courts within the ARMM.
Given the fundamental frequency of Sharia courts established in 1996, it appears that no change to the status quo has taken place over a ten-year period.1 As required by the 1996 agreement, the Philippine Legislature passed Republic Act 9054 or the expanded ARMM and Referendum Act in 2001, which was intended to determine which provinces would join the new DMARD. was scheduled for August 2001. Of the 14 provinces and 9 SZOPAD cities that voted in the referendum, only one other province (Basilan) and one city (Marawi) voted to be included in the new expanded DMARD. Thus, the new ARMM consisted of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Tawi-tawi, Sulu, Basilan, and Marawi.1 The 1996 Final Peace Agreement, also known as the Jakarta Agreement, was signed on September 2, 1996 in Manila, Philippines, by Manuel Yan, who represented the government of the Philippines, and Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front. The culmination of four years of peace talks, the agreement created mechanisms for the full implementation of the 1976 Tripoli Agreement. In 1976, the Philippine government and the MNLF agreed to submit to referendum the proposal for regional autonomy for thirteen provinces in the southern Philippines.  However, the then Philippine President, Ferdinand Marcos, implemented the agreement by creating two autonomous regions (instead of one) consisting of ten (instead of thirteen) provinces. This led to the collapse of the peace pact and the resumption of hostilities between the MNLF and Philippine government forces.   These appointments do not constitute evidence of compliance with the 1996 Agreement for several reasons. First, the appointments mentioned in the official REPORT of the GRP are the result of elections. Second, the number of Muslims in high-ranking positions is irrelevant.
Thirdly, the persons mentioned in the GRP report do not represent the specific positions set out in the 1996 Agreement. The GRP report makes no mention of appointments to the executive, departments, Security Council, Governing Council, industry representative or Supreme Court. While the focus has been limited on international support to the Council for Peace and Development of the Southern Philippines (SPCPD), there have been no reports of activities related to the acquisition of donor support for the SPCPD in 1996. The agreement gives the Organization of the Islamic Congress the mandate to win international support until the ARMM government is fully in power and operational. From this point of view, the OIC had a certain mandate in this area until 2001, when the new DMARD government was elected. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a faction of the MNLF that broke up in 1977, initially supported the MNLF during peace talks. However, they rejected the final peace agreement of 1996 as inadequate and reiterated the call for a “Bangsamoro Islamic State” and not just mere political autonomy.  In the same year, the MILF began informal talks with the Ramos-led government. However, these were not prosecuted and the MILF began recruiting and setting up camps and became the dominant Muslim rebel group.
The government of Joseph Estrada took a firm stance against the; Gloria Macapagal Arroyo attempted to sign a peace agreement with her, but was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the Philippines.  The educational articles of the 1996 agreement require armm schools to follow the same basic structure as the Philippine national school system in terms of standards and guidelines. The main task of the GRP is to ensure equal educational opportunities in the ARMM. In practice, this should mean adequate funding or a fair share of funding for ARMM schools – relative to the size of the ARMM population. Based on information collected by the GRP`s NATIONAL Statistical Office, the amount of funding allocated to the ARMM education system appears to be fair compared to the funding of other provinces, although these statistics do not date back to 1996. For example, according to the Ministry of Education`s recent budget, 1.6 billion pesos ($38.2 million) was spent on kindergarten education. The ARMM received 52.1 million pesos ($1.2 million). The ARMM received 3.14% of the country`s total kindergarten budget.1 According to demographic statistics, the armm population represented 3.15% of the total population. Therefore, it appears that the GRP allocates education-related funds based on population counts.2 Based on data from budget books, we believe that the GRP contributes to an equitable share of armm school funding relative to the size of the ARMM population. The integration of MNLF candidates into the Philippine National Police (PNP) did not begin in 1996. Neither the PNP Regional Command for the New Autonomous Region nor the Regional Security Special Force (RSSF) were established in 1996. No international, external or internal review mechanism was in place in 1996.
In 2003, the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the ARMM called on the regional legislator to expedite the adoption of the Law on the Regional Authority of the Economic Zone (REZA) in order to encourage local and foreign investment through tax incentives and tax holidays.1 On 15 August 2003, the Regional Assembly adopted the RIZA Law in accordance with the 1996 Agreement. The RIZA Law provides the legal mechanism for the establishment, exploitation, management and coordination of the special economic zones of the region.2 This has also paved the way for the formulation of guidelines for various socio-economic development programmes, including local tax legislation and preferential rights on the exploration, development and use of natural resources in the Autonomous Territory. . . .