Maguindanao guv backs mainstreaming of peace and dev’t in local governance
DAVAO CITY, APRIL 12 – Maguindanao Governor “Toto” Mangundadatu has expressed support to the government’s program, “Mainstreaming Peace and Development in Local Governance” (MPDLG), which aims to strengthen capacities of local government units (LGUs) for them to better manage conflict and implement peace projects.
Mangudadatu, along with officials from the conflict-affected municipalities of Ampatuan, Buldon, Datu Piang, Kabuntalan and Talayan, attended the recently held MPDLG workshop which intended to integrate a peace and development framework in Maguindanao province’s Annual Investment Plan (AIP) for 2012.
“We will show that in Maguindanao, there can be good governance and we can uplift the economic situation of the people,” Mangudadatu stated in his welcome message.
The MPDLG, which is a collaborative program of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), is set to be implemented this year. It will be linked up with PAMANA or Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Peaceful and Resilient Communities), which is the government’s program and framework for peace and development in areas affected by conflict and communities covered by existing peace agreements. Maguindanao is one of the PAMANA beneficiaries.
OPAPP PAMANA Area Manager for Central Mindanao Johnnel V. Raneses said in the workshop that “the aim of the MPDLG program under PAMANA is to mainstream conflict sensitivity and peace lens in local government planning in order to address conflict and uplift the lives of the people.”
On the same note, Ampatuan Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator Jose Bañaga said that “the MPDLG program is very relevant in promoting peace and development which go hand-in-hand in advancing the socio-economic situation of our communities.”
At the end of the workshop, the local officials identified priority peace and development projects for their respective communities. Following transparency and accountability mechanisms of PAMANA, their identified projects will undergo evaluation by a provincial technical working group and approval by DILG which manages funds for sub-regional projects under Pillar 3.
LGUs that are covered by the PAMANA program will be engaged in MPDLG before they could avail of the DILG-PAMANA fund for Pillar 3 projects.
Eligibility of LGUs to funding will be through the following reform interventions: (1) peace and conflict sensitive planning, budgeting and programming; (2) strengthening of Peace and Order and Development Councils at the provincial and regional levels; (3) empowering local focal persons as champions for peace and development; (4) full disclosure through transparency and accountability mechanisms; and (5) collaboration and active partnerships with civil society.
The MPDLG will be implemented in three phases. The first phase will focus on providing the needed capacities of LGUs in PAMANA areas to be able to mainstream peace and development in their planning, budgeting and programming. Second phase will involve providing selected LGUs’ access to PAMANA funds to support the implementation of peace and development projects identified in their peace sensitive Comprehensive Development Plans or AIPs. Third phase, on the other hand, will include participatory monitoring and evaluation of projects.
For this year, a total of 36 provinces in the seven PAMANA zones will be assisted. #