P8.6-M peace projects plowed in conflict-stricken N. Cotabato

web pamana ncotSOME P8.6 million project under the Pamana at Payapang Pamayanan (Pamana) Program would be plowed in the conflict-stricken M’lang town in North Cotabato, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Marion Abella said.

Abella said Recipients of these projects, either registered association or cooperatives, are allocated P300,000 annually to be used for the implementation of priority projects, which include multi-purpose building, potable water system, solar drier, road opening and multi-purpose pavement.

Pamana project, he said, is the government’s peace and development framework to strengthen peace building rural reconstruction in conflict-affected areas. It seeks to contribute to lasting peace in agrarian reform areas through poverty reduction program.

“These projects seek to jumpstart the social and economic benefits of the people in the community,” Abella said, adding that infrastructure projects are prioritized over livelihood because of their great impact to the villagers.

web pamana ncot2Such is the case in Barangay Palma Perez in M’lang town where the potable water system project seeks to expand its service area cover as many as 40 households, Bawasa chairman Evangeline Pedregosa said.

Jose Palac of Barangay Ezperanza said he and his barangay mates chose the multi-purpose building to serve as venue for their various activities, such as, meetings and general assemblies.

Town Mayor Joselito Pinol assured project proponents tha the LGU would do its best to hasten the project implementation, as much as possible, “finish them before the year ends.”