From InterAksyon (Jan 4): More than half a billion released to build roads, foster peace, devt in ARMM
More than half a billion pesos were released to help build roads, dispose firearms, and support peace and development efforts in the Philippines’ poorest and most conflict-ridden region, the government announced on Friday. An additional P745.5 million were released to further strengthen the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) program, the budget department said.
These funds will assist families in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) gain access to goods and services that were previously compromised by armed conflict, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said. "The release complements the progress we’ve so far made at facilitating security and development in the ARMM," he added.
The amount will be used to support development in resettlement sites in the region, the disposition of arms and forces, and the construction of strategic roads and public infrastructure, among others. “The Pamana program is one of the key ways through which we are able to address socio-economic issues that have long plagued the region,” Abad said. “Not only will ARMM communities benefit from the reform and economic successes posted under this administration, they can also make a gradual transition towards enduring peace and stability.”