• Govt allots P9.94-B in conflict-torn areas

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    The Department of Budget and Management yesterday said that P9.94-billion has been allotted for various government programs designed to strengthen peace-building, reconstruction, and development activities in the conflict-torn areas in the country.

    The budget agency said the national government is seeking the peaceful settlement of armed conflict in the country, not just by focusing on national defense and security but by also restoring the provision of essential government services in areas affected by conflict.

    Of the total amount, the DBM said that that P2.69 billion has been allocated for social services under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Agriculture (DA), and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to help communities in areas made vulnerable by violence.

    This is to bolster the peace process in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and in support of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), it noted.

    The remaining P7.25 billion was allotted for the government’s Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan program to help foster peace and development in conflict-torn areas throughout the country (including the ARMM), via the delivery of various government programs and services.

    Agencies under the program were the Department of Energy, Department of Public Works and Highways, DSWD, CHED, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Department of the Interior and Local Government, DA, National Irrigation Administration, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Electrification Administration, PhilHealth and ARMM.

    “Ensuring inclusive growth means creating an environment of stability in different parts of the country. It’s true that the process of peace-building is a delicate and complex one, requiring much work and cooperation from both sides,” said Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad.

    However, he said the government is prepared to support both the communities in need and our national security forces to ensure greater security across the country.

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