COTABATO CITY: The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has so far implemented Php 2- billion worth of development projects under the government’s Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program.
Dong Anayatin, PAMANA-ARMM program manager, said the scheme help foster peace in conflict-affected communities in the region through poverty reduction and the improvement of local governance.
More so, he said PAMANA also promotes social cohesion to capacitate residents in the conflict-stricken areas.
The program include, among others, livelihood projects provided by the region’s Department of Social Welfare and Development in at least 386 barangays; and construction of roads and infrastructures undertaken by ARMM’s Department of Public Works and Highways.
Anayatin said the regional government remains resolute on increasing livelihood and job opportunities in the region, and intensify community participation in the pursuit of peace and development.
The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace process handled PAMANA prior to its introduction to the ARMM in 2011.
Last year, the ARMM government officially took over the management of PAMANA projects in the region.
“We regularly conduct focus group discussions with local leaders and the program’s steering committee to assess the needs of recipient communities,” Anayatin said.
The bulk of PAMANA projects are undertaken in Moro National Liberation Front and Moro Islamic Liberation Front communities on efforts to address development gaps in conflict-affected areas. PNA