PAMANA bares 2017 proposed budget for Bicol
SORSOGON CITY – Even with the change in administration, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) is optimistic that the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program will continue to be implemented to empower conflict affected areas.
Paul Escober, PAMANA manager for Bicol, Quezon and Mindoro area, enlisted the support of the local government units present as he presented the proposed P147.9 M budget for PAMANA in Bicol for 2017 during the PAMANA mid-year review and project assessment held at the Farmers’ Technology and Manpower Development Center, this city.
Escober said PAMANA is still a priority under the Six-point Peace and Development Agenda of the Duterte administration, with the president’s recent approval of the peace formula presented by Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Jesus Dureza. Among the six-point peace agenda were: peace promoting catch up socio-economic development in conflict affected areas, and building of a culture of peace and conflict sensitivity, where PAMANA will be included.
PAMANA is on the fourth year of implementation in the Bicol Region. It seeks to address issues affecting the peace process through security, justice and development interventions in conflict-affected and vulnerable areas.
The mid-year review was attended by Municipal Agricultural Officers, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinating Officers; Municipal Engineers and PAMANA focal persons. Also present were PhilIFIDA Bicol OIC Regional Director Mary Ann Molina and Mayor Augusto Ragrario of Magallanes, Sorsogon. Governor Bobet Lee Rodrigueza was represented by his executive assistant, Dr. Antonio Fuentes.
Dr. Edgar R. Madrid, DA Bicol Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations underscored the importance of documentation of good agricultural practices as part of the output of the project.
PAMANA Bicol focal person Florentino Ubalde, Jr. synthesized the status of all PAMANA projects, while selected LGUs shared their success stories and updates on implementation. For 2013, 10 projects were implemented in Bicol region with a total fund of P108,144,000. These projects included a 1.76 kilometer tramline, abaca rehabilitation projects and pineapple and corn expansion projects. For 2014, Bicol received P128.5M for 11 projects. In 2015, P147.5 M was disbursed to finance 14 farm-to-market roads. For this year, the LGU of Lagonoy in Camarines received P2M for tiger grass production and soft broom making.
The venue of the activity, the P7M worth Farmers Technology and Manpower Development Center was also funded by PAMANA 2014. The 2-storey center with function hall and dormitory is equipped with state- of- the- art facilities including digital audio-visual and sound systems, and other information, communication and technology (ICT) gadgets.
PAMANA is being spearheaded by the OPAPP in cooperation with national government agencies and LGUs.
Source: Story by Lovella P. Guarin and Photo by Neil Francis Bordon/DA Region 5