peace in Samar Island thru P50M focused projects under P-Noy’s PAMANA
PAMANA meeting between DILG-8 and OPAPP with RD Noval, ARD Agabe
and OPAPP Director Aileen Jose in photo.
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
National Government has earmarked about P50 million for projects that
would benefit the conflict-afflicted areas in
in a bid to address the root causes of insurgency.
Department of Interior
and Local Government Region 8 Director Pedro A. Noval, Jr., recently
disclosed that with its three provinces considered among most
vulnerable to the CPP/NPA, Samar island is one of the seven zones in
the country to be covered by the “Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan”
program or PAMANA of the Aquino Administration which is being
implemented by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace
Process (OPAPP) and the Department of the Interior and Local
“PAMANA operates in
seven different geographical areas,” Director Noval said. These are
the Cordillera Area; the Quezon, Mindoro, Bicol Area; Negros Area;
Samar Island Area; ZamBaSulTa; Central Mindanao and ARMM; and
Compostela Valley, Carraga Corridor.
Each PAMANA area will
receive development programs according to the needs of the people
residing in that region. With these areas, PAMANA emphasizes its
efforts to address what a specific community needs to be developing
and working on.
Director Noval said
that together with ARD Arnel Agabe, the DILG provincial directors and
the planning officers of the three provinces in the Island of Samar,
he met last February 28 with OPAPP Visayas-Luzon Unit Director Aileen
Jose in order to discuss the “Mainstreaming Peace and Development in
Local Governance Program (MPDLG)” component of PAMANA program.
It was learned that
PAMANA started in Northern Samar and Samar in 2011 but it has now been
expanded to include Eastern Samar in 2012.
planning and road-mapping workshops separately done for Samar and
Northern Samar underscored the importance of importance of road
networks that would connect the three provinces of Samar Island not
just for economic growth but also in improving the security situation
in the island. These vital road networks have been endorsed by the RDC
to DPWH, and the peace and development agenda of PAMANA further
lobbied for this infrastructure development.
PAMANA is the national
government’s peace and development program framework that seeks to
build peaceful and resilient communities, by improving their lives by
ensuring that the people benefit from better delivery of basic
Under its guiding
principles, government will implement a converged peace-building
program focusing on the development of conflict-affected areas to
address its root causes.
Director Noval said
that there are three (3) ongoing projects with support from the 2011
PAMANA fund. These projects include the construction of a section of
the San Jose-Silvino Lobos road in Northern Samar; a 50-meter span
bridge in Silvino Lobos, and rehabilitation of the Gandara-Matuguinao
Moreover, there are
peace and development funds being implemented through the DSWD
Kalahi-CIDSS processes at San Jose de Buan,
Samar and Las
Navas, Northern Samar, Director Noval added.
The projects agreed
upon by the provinces’ respective development councils as well as
peace and order councils, with participation of civil society
organizations would be submitted to DILG in the form of Project
Proposals for evaluation.
Projects shall be
governed through the provincial project implementing teams set up for
the purpose. Recipient provinces may also opt to sign a memorandum of
agreement with the local army engineering battalions to implement the
same, Director Noval said.
Assistant Director Arnel M. Agabe detailed the steps undertaken by
DILG to ensure that funds are spent for their intended purpose. The
office would set up a Regional Project Monitoring Team; likewise those
LGUs which have been granted the Seal of Good Housekeeping would be
given priority. The PAMANA program has an overall budget of 900
Million pesos nationwide. (with DILG-8)