DILG | CARAGA - In order to strengthen peace-building, reconstruction and development in conflict-affected areas, the PAMANA – “Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan” Program, as embodied in the Philippine Development Plan for 2011 to 2016 was launched to complement the government’s peace negotiation efforts.
For the year 2012, PhP 958 M has been appropriated under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) budget. This shall be provided to eligible Local Government Units (LGUs) in the form of fund subsidy under the PAMANA-DILG Fund. The fund shall cover seven geographical zones in the Philippines, which are vulnerable areas.
In Caraga Region, thirty-four (34) Local Government Units (LGUs)–composed of two (2) cities and thirty-one (32) municipalities are covered by PAMANA. These identified areas are those affected by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), New People’s Army (NPA), and National Democratic Front (NDF).
The priority programs and projects covered by PAMANA-DILG for C.Y. 2012 implementation are the Municipalities of Prosperidad, Sibagat, Sta. Josefa and Veruela of the Province of Agusan del Sur; Municipalities of Buenavista, Carmen, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Las Nieves, Magallanes, Nasipit, RTR, Santiago and Tubay of the Province of Agusan del Norte; Municipalities of Bayabas, Hinatuan, Marihatag, San Agustin, Tagbina, Tandag and the City of Bislig of the Province of Surigao del Sur; Municipalities of Alegria, Mainit, Malimono and the City of Surigao of the Province of Surigao del Norte including the Municipalities of Burgos, Dapa, Del Carmen, General Luna, Pilar, San Benito, San Isidro, Sta. Monica, and Socorro of Siargao Islands.
The PAMANA as a framework for intervention in vulnerable areas is anchored on three complementary strategic pillars that define core interventions to achieve lasting peace. Pillar 1 focuses on interventions that support the establishment of the foundations of peace and the building of resilient communities through policy reform and development. Pillar 2 targets micro-level interventions to promote the convergent delivery of services and goods focused on households and communities by both national and local projects. Lastly, Pillar 3 provides for meso-level interventions that address regional and sub-regional development challenges, which will contribute to peace building.
Pillars 1 and 2 are to be implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).Pillar 3 is implemented through a partnership between the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Office of Presidential Adviser for Peace Process (OPAPP).
The DILG – OPAPP collaboration is focused on addressing regional development under PAMANA Pillar 3, while projects and activities under Pillar 1 aim at building the foundation for peace and Pillar 2 for the establishment of resilient communities.
PAMANA Program is aimed at achieving the following objectives: (1) Reduce poverty and vulnerability in conflict-affected areas, (2) Improve Governance and (3) Empower communities and strengthen their capacities to address issues of conflict and peace through activities that promote social cohesion.