The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has released a PhP22.8-million grant for the implementation of various peace and development projects in
Reynaldo Bungubung, DILG Region 12 director, said on Wednesday the grant was part of the region’s allocation for 2014 under its flagship Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program.
He said the funds will be utilized for the implementation of five community-based infrastructure projects in Barangays Daliao and Lumatil in Maasim, Sarangani.
The two villages were among the areas in Sarangani that were affected by past conflicts between government forces and Moro rebels.
The agency specifically allocated PhP1.6 million for the construction of community peace centers in Barangays Lumatil and Daliao, PhP1.6 million for a multipurpose building in Daliao, PhP2.8 million for the expansion of a water system project in Daliao and PhP16 million for the concreting of an access road in Lumatil.
“Through these projects, we’re hoping that residents would eventually embrace the government’s sincerity and efforts in promoting peace and development, especially in the most isolated parts of the country,” Bungubung said in a statement.
PAMANA is the government’s program and framework for peace and development in areas affected by conflict and communities covered by existing peace agreements.
The program intends to provide communities with projects funded under the government’s stimulus fund to bring genuine peace and development.
The DILG central office had approved a total grant of PhP258.5 million for Region 12 this year under the PAMANA program.
It allotted PhP187.2 million for the second congressional district of South Cotabato, PhP58.8 million for the lone district of Sarangani Province and PhP12.5 million for the first, second and third districts of Cotabato Province.
Among its major components are the concreting of barangays roads in Maasim town in Sarangani as well as
Sebu and T’boli in South
The other projects are the construction of community peace centers, day care centers, trading centers and multipurpose buildings.
Aside from the release of the PAMANA grants, Bungubung said they recently turned over a newly-completed potable water system project worth PhP3.4 million in Barangay Kiayap in Maium, Sarangani.
He said the project was constructed under its Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat or Salintubig program.
The potable water system is now serving around 380 households of Barangay Kiayap and the neighboring areas.
The Salintubig program, which is supported by the Department of Health and the National Anti-Poverty Commission, mainly intends to provide water supply systems for the identified “waterless” municipalities, barangays and rural health units in the region.
It covers two thematic areas: poorest/waterless barangays with high incidence of water-borne diseases and rural health centers without access to safe water.
The program was launched three years ago in response to the national government’s goal of providing potable water to the entire country based on the targets defined in the Philippine Development Plan for 2011-2016, Millennium Development Goals, the Philippine Water Supply Sector Roadmap and the Philippine Sustainable Sanitation Roadmap.