Abra Pamana projects pending

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Thursday, June 5, 2014


MANABO, Abra -- Livelihood projects here under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) program have not yet reached beneficiaries.

Josephine Cariño, president of the local people’s organization, said P4 million has yet to be downloaded to the various livelihood projects here.

Cariño said all papers for the projects have been submitted to the Provincial Government for their approval, but have yet to be approved, thus, pending the release of funding.

Cariño said the projects include micro lending, tuba and unas production and palay planting in three barangays - Licuan Baay, Manabo, Buklos in Abra.

There are originally eight projects under the Pamana in Abra to be implemented by various line agencies for people’s organizations.

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles said livelihood projects under the Pamana have to undergo a stringent process to assure projects are completed.

Deles said the delay of the downloading of funds is a combination of various reasons as projects are devolved to the local and provincial government units for its approval and release.

Deles said the recent inauguration of the Farm to Market road at Manobo is proof Pamana projects are working in Abra tagged as the heart of the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army in the region.

The agreement between the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army, now the Cordillera Forum for Peace and Development (CFPD), provides for economic reintegration as a step towards the disposition of arms and forces and the transformation of CPLA into a socio-economic unarmed force.

Projects for economic reintegration are done by employment either as forest guards or integration into the armed forces and livelihood projects.

Cariño said there are 170 recipients for the pending projects in the province who are waiting for the funds. The first tranche of funds supposed to be given has not been turned over.

Projects in the timetable are ideally time lined to be accomplished by July this year.

The Community-Driven Enterprise Development (CDED) undergoes a 4-satges; Business Sustainability and Local Economic Development; Business Development Stage; Resource Mobilization and Business Operation and Business Management.

Deles said organizations must go with the process to be able to get the funding.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 06, 2014.

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