Philippines livelihood and community projects

The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) is set to receive an initial funding of P207 million for livelihood and community projects out of the P264 million stipulated in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) forged by the Cordillera Bodong Administration–Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CBA-CPLA) with the government last July 4.

The government, through the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), will ceremonially turn over the funds to conduits and implementing partners in CAR during the launching of PAMANA or Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Peaceful and Resilient Communities) program on Saturday at the Pines View Hotel in this city.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles, Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda will be present along with National Commission on Indigenous People’s Chairperson Zenaida Brigida Pawid and Cordillera local chief executives.

Newly-installed Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff and former Northern Luzon Commander Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa will be represented by Rear Admiral Miguel Jose S. Rodriguez, AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations.

PAMANA is the government’s program and framework for peace and development. It aims to reduce poverty, improve governance and empower conflict-affected communities.

Projects identified in the MOA will be funded under PAMANA to ensure that the implementation is fast-tracked and that communities will directly feel the dividends of peace and improved delivery of basic services.

The P207-million is broken down as follows: Abra – P45 million; Apayao – P35.8 million; Benguet – P11.1 million; Ifugao – P47.37 million; Kalinga – P15.2 million, and Mt. Province – P52.5 million.

The Joint Committee (JC), composed of members from the government and the CBA-CPLA which oversees and monitors the implementation of the MOA, gave the green light for the fund download after the projects had undergone the community validation process.

For 2012, the JC hopes to receive complete requirements to effect the fund download and implementation of the rest of the identified projects.

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