Peace and development framework in the Philippines

The Camarines Norte provincial government has been granted P140 million by the Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) for the implementation of various developmental projects under its Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) program.

Pamana is the national government’s peace and development framework being carried out by OPAPP for the empowering of conflict-affected areas in the country that include the Bicol Region with Camarines Norte identified as one of its four provinces that yielded indicative plans for the program’s Pillars One and Three. The other provinces are Sorsogon, Albay and Masbate.

Sorsogon was the first to be identified under the program and its seven covered municipalities– Prieto Diaz, Gubat, Casiguran, Barcelona, Juban, Irosin and Magallanes are now implementing development projects worth a total of P30 million.

Pamana Pillar One lays the foundation of peace-building through development interventions while Pillar Three addresses sub-regional challenges, including constraints to regional economic development, linking of poor areas with more prosperous areas and regional connectivity improvements.

Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado on Thursday here said at least three municipalities of the province—Jose Panganiban, Labo and Mercedes would be the initial beneficiaries of P140-million projects that would build farm-to-market roads (FMR) to facilitate fast and convenient transport of agricultural products.

Among the projects are the concreting of the FMRs between Barangays Sta. Rosa Sur and San Rafael in Jose Panganiban worth P20 million; between Barangays Exiban and Maligaya to Malibago of Labo, P40 million; Barangays Bakiad, Sta. Cruz-Funadado, also of Labo, P10 million and; Barangays Pambuhan to Lanot in Mercedes, P20 million.

OPPAP Area Manager Paul Escober said P112 million of the fund representing 80 percent will be released to the province from the stimulus fund of President Benigno Aquino next week so that the projects are implemented at once and completed early next year.

More funds for similar projects will be poured under the Pamana into these first three municipalities plus two others in the next three years, Escober said.

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