DAET, Camarines Norte, April 17 (PIA) -“The PAyapa at MAsaganang pamayaNAn (PAMANA) project aims not just to uplift the economic condition of the people but also to promote peace in the locality and country” Assistant Secretary Rolando B. Asuncion of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) said here recently.
ASec. Asuncion said that he is happy that life of students will be easier because of the bridge especially during rainy season that they can go to school and much happier since there is a sign of cooperation among the community which is the prime aim of PAMANA.
He hoped that we feel an orderly and peaceful community because if there are disagreements there will be no peace. Peace will be our legacy to our children.
Peace agreement or talk is just a path to development; people should feel the peace dividends or the growth being given by the PAMANA projects.
This was said after a bridge project was inaugurated at Barangay Caayunan, Basud through a ribbon cutting and turn-over of Caayunan Bridge Project cum Multi-Services and Peace Caravan.
The bridge project which is 4X40 meters was funded by the OPAPP downloaded to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the amount of P20 million and implemented by the provincial government of Camarines Norte.
The inauguration was led by OPAPP Assistant Secretary Rolando B. Asuncion together with Governor Edgardo Tallado with Basud Mayor Adrian S. Davoco, national government agencies concerned and local government units of the municipality and barangay of Caayunan.
Governor Edgardo Tallado lauded the OPAPP-PAMANA project because the dream of the local populace came to realized.
He said that other road projects that are yet to finish will be his priority before his term ends.
Local stakeholders led by Mayor Adrian S. Davoco also thanked the OPAPP because the bridge project will be of help to students especially during rainy season that they can attend to school.
The inauguration was followed by a multi-services and peace caravan by the provincial government and the OPAPP.
The multi-services caravan of the provincial government offered medical check-up with free medicines; distribution of food packs, vegetable seeds, eye glasses, slippers and biscuits; and free haircuts and hot oil and dye and among others.
The OPAPP on the other hand conducted peace education through fun games and lectures aimed to create awareness among students and parents in the said school.
The inauguration of the bridge was part of the one week turn-over activities of completed PAMANA projects in the province conducted by the OPAPP.
Along these are the road projects in the municipalities of Mercedes, Basud, Labo and Sta. Elena.
The conduct of multi-service peace caravan is among the strategies employed by PAMANA to make government presence felt especially in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas.
The province of Camarines Norte have adopted the strategy and initiated their own multi-services caravans to bring in services in PAMANA and non-PAMANA barangays once or twice a week.
From 2011 to 2016, PAMANA has allocated P766.1 million fund for 278 projects in 119 conflict-affected barangays in seven municipalities of the province.
Of the 278 projects, 56 are Pillar 3 such as roads, bridges, electrification, livelihood projects and water system and 222 are Pillar 2 or community-driven development interventions.
The socio-economic interventions that were implemented in the province thru PAMANA benefitted a number of households, such as the following: a total of 49.64kms of roads and bridges implemented and programmed benefitting 99 barangays; three livelihood projects benefitting 1,239 fisherfolks and 299 farmers; 12 water projects benefitting 3,108 households in 9 barangays; 17 electrification projects benefitting 3,244 households in 15 barangays.
Based on initial reports from PAMANA local government units and beneficiaries on the ground, PAMANA has contributed in improving economic conditions in the areas where projects were implemented.
There are reports of reduced transportation and hauling cost in areas where roads have been completed and increased economic activities due to improved access, according to ASec Asuncion.
Along the completed PAMANA roads, noticeable are newly built houses, newly installed sari-sari stores, increase in the number of transportation vehicles like tricycles and jeepneys plying the route and increased in the number of households that purchased new motorcycles.
Also, some barangay local government units have reported increase in their annual income.
In 2009, the provincial poverty incidence of Camarines Norte is 30.1 and it further went down to 21.7 in 2012 after various national government programs poured in the province.
In December 2014, the provincial government of Camarines Norte together with 9th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army signed the Memorandum of Agreement after the province was declared as a conflict manageable and ready for further development province.
From 78 CNN influenced barangays in 2010, Camarines Norte now has zero CNN influenced barangays as end of 2016 per Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) report. (MAL/RBM-PIA5/Camarines Norte)