Mindanao folks benefit from apan peace aid PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 March 2011 16:34

Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDP), rebel returnees, and other families in Central Mindanao are set to benefit from the US$ 700,000 (P30.1 million) aid handed by Japan, the Office of Presidential Adviser of Peace Process (OPAPP) said Wednesday.

OPAPP said the amount, almost equivalent to P30.1 million, is Japan’s contribution to the International Emergency Food Reserve (IEFR) for the “Assistance to IDPs, Returnees, and Other Food-insecure Households in Conflict-Affected Areas of Central Mindanao” project.

The funding will be disbursed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) which manages the IEFR fund for humanitarian aid.

OPAPP said in a note verbale sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Government of Japan said that the contribution for Mindanao was “in consideration of relevant elements including request for assistance and bilateral relationship with a recipient country.”

This assistance complements the peace and development track of OPAPP which seeks not just to achieve a negotiated political settlement but to also to address the roots of armed conflict.

Currently, the government is focused on PAMANA (Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan or Peaceful and Resilient Communities), a peace and development program which is the framework for sustaining all on-going governance and development initiatives on the ground.

PAMANA aims to promote community resilience by reducing poverty; improving governance; and strengthening capacities of communities to promote peace through social cohesion activities.
Central Mindanao belongs to the regions where PAMANA will be implemented, OPAPP said.

Other PAMANA areas include Samar; Surigao del Sur-Compostela Valley Corridor; Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM); Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (ZamBaSulTa) and Region 9; Negros Island; Bicol; and Cordillera.