From the Philippine News Agency (Dec 10): P150-M PAMANA road projects completed in Camarines Norte
Four of the five farm-to-market road (FMR) projects in Camarines Norte
implemented through the funds provided this year under the Payapa at Masagamang
Pamayanan (PAMANA) program of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the
Peace Process (OPAPP) have already been completed.
Paul Escober, OPPAP area manager for Bicol, on Monday said the four completed
projects were the concreting of the Sta. Rosa Sur-San Rafael road section in
Jose Panganiban town worth P20 million; concreting of Malibago-Maligaya in Labo
town worth P40 million; concreting of Bakiad-Sta. Cruz-Fundado also in Labo town
worth P10 million; and the concreting of Pambuhan to Lanot Road in Mercedes town
worth P20 million.
The remaining project, the concreting and graveling of the Exciban
farm-to-market road in Labo town worth P50 million is 80.72 percent complete as
works being initiated by the Camarines Norte Provincial Engineering Office (PEO)
are still on-going.
Escober said the five projects were allocated this year a total of P140
million from the stimulus fund of President Benigno S. Aquino III that was
channeled through the OPAPP for its PAMANA program.
PAMANA is a priority government program being undertaken by the OPAPP towards
the attainment of economic progress in conflict affected areas (CAAs) in line
with the Aquino administration’s peace agenda geared at ending internal armed
Camarines Norte is among the three Bicol provinces placed under its coverage.
The others are Masbate, which was given P50 million; and Sorsogon, P39 million;
for various community development and peace building projects.
Masbate is Bicol’s poorest province based on the assessment of the National
Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Camarines Norte is second poorest and
Sorsogon is the most insurgency-troubled according to the military.
Escober said the PAMANA program will help attain economic progress for these
provinces as its objectives are based on initiating reforms and development
projects in conflict affected areas in line with the national government’s peace
agenda and ending internal armed conflicts.
The projects communicate among communities the initiatives of government in
building the culture of peace and development in the countryside to make them
resilient against the anti-government whims of the insurgency being carried out
by the communist New People’s Army (NPA).
Following the completion of these FMR roads in Camarines Norte, Escober said
another set of PAMANA projects for funding this year had already been identified
to include the water system in Labo worth P9 million, farm-to-market roads in
Jose Panganiban worth P7 million and environmental projects in Capalonga worth
P4 million for a total of P20 million.
The amount will be provided by the Department of Interior and Local
Government (DILG) and release of the funds are just awaiting the completion of
For funding next year are more projects worth a total of P105.5 million to be
implemented in the towns of Basud, Capalonga, San Lorenzo Ruiz, Sta. Elena, and
Mercedes, all in Camarines Norte.
The projects include water system, construction of bridges, farm-to-market
roads, corn and pineapple production and construction of new and improvement of
existing irrigation systems. Funds for these will come from the DILG and the
Department of Agriculture (DA), Alcober said.