DILG.GOV.PH | DILG XII Regional Director BUAGAS B. SULAIK cited the role of the DILG in the implementation of PAMANA projects during the Re-Orientation Conference held on June 14, 2012 at the DILG XII Conference Room. “The DILG is given the responsibility to review the project proposals,” he said in his opening statement.
In attendance were the Planning Officers and DILG Field Officers of the Local Government Units which were earlier identified as beneficiaries of the PAMANA Program of the Government. Director Sulaik, through the regional implementing division of the program, LGMED, presented the program and re-oriented the officials on the guidelines how to go through the process to take full advantage of the benefits of PAMANA.
PAMANA, or the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (Peaceful and Resilient Communities), is the national government's program and framework for peace and development. It is implemented in areas affected by conflict and communities covered by existing peace agreements.
A complementary track to peace negotiations, the Program’s main strategy is to bring back government to identified PAMANA Areas, ensuring that the communities benefit from improved delivery of basic social services and are served by responsive, transparent and accountable government units.
PAMANA will be implemented in identified LGUs in Region 12 where each area will receive development programs according to the specific needs of the people residing in that area. The program will allocate PhP 30,000,000.00 for the entire region. Eligible projects of LGU-beneficiaries which the program will fund are the following: Connectivity Systems, Basic Services for Economic Development, Agricultural Services and Industry Investments, Economic Investments in IP areas and Disaster-preparedness Climate Change Adaptations Interventions. The fund may also be used as a source of subsidy for big projects of LGUs with similar objectives and to finance Detailed Engineering Design (DED) costs.
Meanwhile, in his closing statement, Director Sulaik urged the LGUs to submit their project proposals and other technical requirements on time. “Come up with a project that will jive with the main objective of the program, then sustain the project and more funds will be coming in from PAMANA,” he added.