MAGSAYSAY, Davao del Sur -- The national government is currently implementing a PHP74-million road concreting project in a far-flung sitio of Barangay Bacungan here.
According to Mayor Arthur Davin, the project comes from the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan or Peaceful and Resilient Communities (PAMANA) program of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process, which is targeting areas known to be haven of insurgents.
“This project is the national government’s peace and development framework in empowering conflict-affected areas in the country,” Davin said, adding that it follows a convergence strategy to close the gaps in development and bring progress to areas where they are needed the most.
A complementary track to peace negotiations, PAMANA ensures that communities benefit from improved delivery of basic social services and are served by a responsive, transparent and accountable government.
He said residents will be encouraged to till their farms to be planted with high-valued commodities like cacao, banana cardava, rubber, abaca and cassava.
Davin said the local government’s counterpart is PHP7 million while the PHP67 million comes from the national government to implement the seven-kilometer farm-to-market road concreting.
Municipal Engineer Haide dela Torre said that the project is already 37 percent complete and is expected to be fully completed before the year ends.
Dela Torre also said that they are also prioritizing the employment of workers who are beneficiaries of the National Housing Targeting System (NHTS) or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.