The national government has earmarked huge amount for agricultural development in Region 12 to help uphold efforts in achieving peace in
Mindanao, a ranking agriculture official on
Under the national government’s PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA), Region-12, composed of the provinces of North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Saranggani and the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Tacurong, Koronadal and Gen. Santos City, has received a total budget allocation of Php471.215 million, part of it are projects in former communist guerillas’s communities in Sultan Kudarat province.
PAMANA program is a national government's initiative that extends and delivers development interventions to remote, hard-to-reach, and conflict-affected communities in the country.
Anchored on the Millennium Development Goal (MGD) under its Poverty Reduction component, this special program endeavors to re-strengthen peace building, reconstruction and development of identified conflict-vulnerable areas.
Datukan said of the total allocation of Php471, 215,000, South Cotabato received the highest chunk of Php125.03-M; Sarangani (Php119.05-M); North Cotabato (Php87-M); Sultan Kudarat (Php32.6-M), including the P107.5-M proposed projects for the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army and National Democratic Front (CNN) in North Cotabato.
It covers 21 local government units, including the towns of Carmen, Pikit, Midsayap, Banisilan, President Roxas, Matalam, Kabacan and Makilala, Columbio, Isulan, Kalamansig, President Quirino, Lebak, Bagumbayan, Esperanza, Lutayan, Palimbang, Glan, Maasim and Malapatan and T’boli.
“These funds will be automatically downloaded to these LGU-recipients that will implement various livelihood, farm-to-market roads, and other infrastructure projects identified by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPPAP),” Datukan said.Fe Ybanez, DA-12-PAMANA focal person and currently the region’s operations division chief, reported that out of the total 91 projects, 23 projects are now underway.