DAVAO CITY—The Office of Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP), in coordination with the PAMANA Management Office (PMO-ARMM), hosted the OPAPP-ARMM Joint Operational Planning in this city on January 9-10, 2014.
PAMANA which stands for Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan was first implemented in the ARMM in 2011, through national agencies concerned. It was only in 2013, however, that PAMANA implementation was placed under the operational supervision of the Office of the Regional Governor (ORG-ARMM).
The activity aims to provide updates on the implementation of PAMANA in ARMM and the preparation of Operations Plan for PAMANA-ARMM implementation in 2014.
ASEC Howard Cafugauan of OPAPP said PAMANA implementation in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao for 2014 will focus on Pillar 2 (Community Driven Development), seen to benefit 386 barangays, another 56 sites of Camps to Communities (C2C) component, and Roads-to-Peace covering 34 infrastructure projects to be implemented throughout the region.
“ARMM has a total budget of P2.6 Billion for PAMANA implementation during the year. This is about one-third of the budget of the PAMANA nationwide”, Cafugauan added.
Engr. Dong Anayatin, ASEC on Special Concerns-ORG and concurrent Project Manager of PAMANA-ARMM said ARMM has P1.407 Billion PAMANA budget for 2013 which were released partly or entirely to five implementing regional agencies— BFAR-ARMM, DAF-ARMM, DENR-ARMM, DILG-ARMM and DSWD-ARMM for the implementation of Pillar 2, C2C projects and others.
Project proposals have also been submitted by MNLF members for consideration by the Project Steering Committee (PSC), Anayatin said.
Anayatin encouraged heads of those agencies and other stakeholders to remain firm in the implementation of PAMANA programs and projects in ARMM. “Our activity has a peace-building aspect. Our beneficiaries are not only communities but the armed conflict-affected areas in the region”, he emphasized.
Director Yusop Paraji of OPAPP said establishing a Transparency and Accountability Mechanism (TAM) proved essential in the implementation of PAMANA programs and project. TAM, he said, aims to contribute to good governance and in sustaining improved delivery of quality service to the communities; ensure that PAMANA funds are properly utilized and help government identify areas that are yet up for improvement in the course of PAMANA implementation, he added.
Asec. Rahima Datumanong-Alba of DSWD-ARMM stressed that the inputs of PAMANA as well as the services of the ARMM regional line agencies are very essential in the improvement of the region’s impoverished communities.
Officials also reviewed several presentations on varying status of PAMANA programs and projects implementation in ARMM in 2013, as well as updates on the status of preparations for PAMANA for fiscal year 2014, NEP Approved Guidance, and discussion on developing Operations Plan for PAMANA, FY 2013 and 2014.
The Regional Planning and Development Office and the PAMANA Implementing Agencies including, TESDA, DILG, DAF, BFAR, DPWH, DSWD and DENR attended the planning activity with the Operations Plan for PAMANA, FY 2013 and 2014 as their major outputs. OPAPP, ORG-OES and PAMANA Management Office were also present.
The implementation of PAMANA is provided under Chapter 9 of the Philippine Development Plan, 2011-2016 focused mainly on Peace and Security with the aim of achieving stable national security environment. (NMH of RPDO-ARMM)