Gov’t pours P745.5-M into ARMM dev’t effort PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 January 2013 14:25

Bolstering the Aquino administration’s agenda of facilitating socio-economic growth in risk-prone areas, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released an additional P745.5 million to the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan Program (PAMANA) to support continuing development and peace-sustaining activities in the
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The release is part of the P32.3-billion disbursement boost for the program, charged against savings and windfall revenues.

“The release complements the progress we’ve so far made at facilitating security and development in the ARMM. Through these funds, we can help ensure that impoverished families in the region will receive critical goods and services that were, in the past, compromised by regular armed conflict,” Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad said.

The P745.5-million release will be used to support development in settlement sites in the region, the disposition of arms and forces, and the construction of strategic roads and public infrastructure, among other efforts.

PAMANA is jointly implemented by the Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process (OPAPP), the Department of National Defense-Armed Forces of the Philippines (DND-AFP), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the ARMM.

The program establishes policy reforms at the national level, delivers social services to conflict-affected communities, and links these communities to markets for job generation and for easier flow of goods and services through vital infrastructures like farm-to-market roads.

“The PAMANA is one of the key ways through which we are able to address socio-economic issues that have long plagued the region. Not only will ARMM communities benefit from the reform and economic successes posted under this Administration; they can also make a gradual transition towards enduring peace and stability,” Abad said.

The Philippines was ranked as one of the top 5 countries with the highest improvements in peacefulness this year— together with Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Bhutan, and Guyana—based on the 2012 Global Peace Index by the Institute for Economics and Peace.