Baguio City, June 7 – The Government of the Philippines (GPH) continues to work on the completion of development projects in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) as part of the socio-economic component of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) it signed with the Cordillera Bodong Administration-Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CBA-CPLA) on July 4, 2011.
Through the PAMANA or Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Peaceful and Resilient Communities) program, 24 community projects in the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao and Mountain Province are currently being implemented. These include road construction and rehabilitation, irrigation, multi-purpose center construction, electrification, nursery building, and ambulance procurement, among others.
At least 10 of these projects are by now 30-60% complete while the rest are either on the bidding or on the testing stage.
Under the livelihood and employment pillar of the GPH-CBA-CPLA MOA, OPAPP, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry-CAR, recently held a series of Enterprise Development Orientation in Abra, Mountain Province, Benguet, Apayao and Kalinga.
A total of 171 CBA-CPLA members were introduced to the basics of entrepreneurship and business management through lectures and role plays that provided them opportunities to act out scenarios involving other market players, such as customers, other producers and loaning institutions.
Next in line for the CBA-CPLA members is a more extensive three-month business development class.
PAMANA is the government’s program and framework for peace and development in areas affected by conflict and communities covered by existing peace agreements. It aims to reduce poverty, improve governance and empower communities in situations of conflict.