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P8.6 M earmarked for peace projects in N. Cotabato town

piaKIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato,  Sep 23  (PIA)  -- Some  P8.6 million  worth of  peace  projects  is set  for  implementation in  the  municipality of M’lang in North Cotabato an  official of the Department of  Agrarian  Reform  said.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Marion Abella  said  DAR-Cotabato  Provincial Office  has already  released   the funding  to the  M’lang  Local Government  Unit for  priority infrastructure projects of the 32 barangays for the first year of project implementation.

These  projects, which are intended to  spur more developments in the area  are  being  implemented  under the  Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program

Proponents of the projects, either registered associations or cooperatives, are allocated P300,000 every year which will be used for the implementation of priority projects such as multi-purpose building, potable water system, solar dryer, road opening, and multi-purpose pavement.

“These peace projects are given not only to appease conflict but also to jumpstart the social and economic benefits for the people in the community,” Abella said.

“DAR has only downloaded P270,000 for every barangay while the remaining P30,000 will be given after the completion of the project in each year of the implementation.

“The program will be implemented for three years with a total amount of P33 million,” she continued.

Abella further said that the project proponents had prioritized infrastructure projects over livelihood projects because they have seen the impact of such projects for the overwhelming majority of the populace in their respective barangays.

In the case of Barangay Palma Perez, expansion of potable water system is more beneficial over other infrastructure and livelihood projects.

“Water supply services in our barangay are only provided to few households owing to limited water distribution lines. With the PAMANA program, we are given the opportunity to expand the service area of our water system,” BAWASA Chairman Evangeline Pedregosa said.

More than 40 households are expected to benefit from the expansion of potable water system project, Pedregosa added.  

Meanwhile, Jose Palac of Barangay Ezperanza said that they have considered the construction of multi-purpose building as their priority project because they don’t have an edifice that will serve as venue for their meetings and general assemblies.

“The multi-purpose building project will be the first MPB in our barangay. We often use the school’s social hall for our meetings and general assemblies and this causes disturbance to their activities. We want to avoid this as much as possible that is why we are grateful for this PAMANA project,” Palac said.

On his part, Municipal Mayor Joselito Piñol assured the project proponents that the LGU will do its best to fast track the implementation of the projects.

“We want to complete the implementation of these projects before the year ends. May these projects help in changing the lives of our beneficiaries,” Piñol said.

PAMANA (Peaceful and Resilient Communities) is the national government’s peace and development framework to respond and strengthen peace building, reconstruction and development in conflict-affected areas which aims to contribute to lasting peace by reducing poverty and improving the quality of life in Agrarian Reform Areas through community infrastructure and focused delivery of social services.  (DEDoguiles-PIA 12  with report  from DAR- Cotabato  Province)

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