Local Peace & Development Corps Initiates Implementation of Projects for Rebel Returnees

LPDC representatives during the meeting at Carmels Inn and Restaurant, Jan. 29

The San Carlos City Site Coordinating Team (SCT) a group that engages in peace and development projects composed of representatives from different local agencies identified programs and projects for implementation under the 2017 Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) funds.

This was revealed during the first regular monthly meeting of SCT held Jan. 29, 2021 in partnership with KAPATIRAN Para sa Progresong Panlipunan, Inc., project beneficiary.
Mariel Avenir and Raul Morales, of the City Planning & Development Coordinator’s Office and local PAMANA Focal Person and Program Facilitator said that the city government is now waiting for the notice from the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) to proceed with the implementation of the 2017 priority projects of PAMANA with an initial budget of PHP 9 Million.
Barangay Bagonbon Punong Barangay Editha Juanillo said that they are already waiting for said projects to be realized sooner in their area particularly road construction which is very important to the beneficiaries.
Relevant matters discussed during the meeting include status of 2017 PAMANA fund and projects, budget and timeline of construction of housing units within the Peace and Development Community (PDC) Area; road leading directly to the site; implementation of Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG); result of site survey conducted on November 2020 and delayed release of the Community Defense Unit (CDU) allowances; level of support from local partners; failed ginger production of the KAPATIRAN members among others.
Jayson Encinares, OPAPP Peace Project Officer III said that their office has already proposed priority projects for 2022 under the (PAMANA) which comprised of water supply, electricity, road, construction of housing units and further strengthening of existing mechanisms.
Encinares also assured that CDU allowances and distribution of assistance will be released within/or by the end of the first quarter of 2021.
On the other hand, Representatives from OPPAP, DENR and Barangay Bagonbon Council will also schedule an actual site demarcation at So. Nangka, Brgy. Bagonbon, the site for the said projects to be implemented.
The PAMANA program aimed at providing development to sites that has been converted as a community for rebel returnees at the same time helping them become productive and live a normal life. These programs are now also anchored on the present administration’s goal to end local armed conflict.