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8ID joins OPPAP in PAMANA Project inauguration in Northern Samar

PAMANA Project inauguration in Northern Samar

September 20, 2012

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City  –  The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army joins the Office of Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPPAP) in inaugurating P30M road project from Brgy Nenita, Mondragon, Northern Samar, yesterday September 19, 2012.

The Payapa sa Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Road Project from Mondragon to Silvino Lubos, Northern Samar is part of the Pillar 3 Program which is intended for priority road networks in the Province.

The activity was graced by Mr. Luisito Montalbo, OPPAP Undersecretary. Also in attendance were Hon Paul R Daza, Governor, Northern Samar; Hon Ismael C. Bugna, Mayor, Mondragon, Northern Samar; Ms Aileen Jose, OPPAP Director Luzon-Visayas; Col Virgilio M Espinelli, Assistant Division Commander, 8ID; Col Mario Lacurom, Deputy Brigade Commander, 803rd Infantry Brigade, 8ID, PA; PSSupt Isais B Tonog, Provincial Director, Northern Samar Police Provincial Office; Mr Romeo M Cardenas, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator.

Other PAMANA Areas in the Province of Northern Samar covers three municipalities namely: Las Navas, San Roque and Silvino Lubos, and by 2013, Pillar 2 Program which is KALAHI-CIDDS Program will be covering the Municipality of Lope De Vega.

Usec Montalbo stated that, the PAMANA road project in Mondaragon stretching to Silvino Lubos is one of the prioritized project of OPPAP in the Province and the rest of Region 8, through this project will give our full commitment to Gov Daza to finish this road network until it reaches the Municipality of Silvino Lubos.

“We all dream that one day, there will be no more Filipino killing another Filipino because of ideology, and according to His Excellency Benigno Simeon C Aquino III, we all dream to have a country with a just and lasting peace” added Montalbo.

“We all dream that one day, all communities in the country like the Municipality of Silvino Lubos will not only be developed but rather have a peaceful community,” Montalbo further added.

MGen Gerardo T Layug AFP, Commander, 8ID, PA states that the 8ID will fully support all peace and development initiatives of the government and other cause-oriented groups as part of the AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Plan ‘Bayanihan’ which seeks to enjoin all stakeholders to work together and help attain peace and development in every community.

Before the start of the inauguration program, the attendees led by Usec Montalbon and Gov Daza participated in the Plant for Peace activity at Brgy Nenita, Mondragon, Northern Samar as part of the Peace Month Celebration in the country.

Aside from the road projects implemented by OPPAP, the government also gives opportunity to Former Rebels to voluntarily surrender to the government and avails the Local Social Integration Program.

8ID and OPPAP together with the Local Government of Northern Samar will continue extending its support to all conflict affected areas as well as to Former Rebels who opted to join the mainstream society.