IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay -- Some 150 former combatants of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) stand to benefit from the recently-completed construction of a mass housing project in Tungawan town in Zamboanga Sibugay.

The housing project has been implemented by the Provincial Government in the villages of Linguisan, Looc, Labuan, and Taglibas of Tungawan town.

Marife Fay Tale, of the Provincial Planning Office, said the P15 million 150-unit housing project is funded by the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana).

Tale, Pamana's focal person, told SunStar Philippines that the project is part of the three-project package of Pamana for Peace and Development Communities.

Other projects under the package are the road concreting of Sitio Tambon to Sitio Talaib, and Mayabo to Labatan in Payao town, and Looc Labuan to Linguisan road in Tungawan.

The road concreting projects in four villages amounted to P30 million, said Tale.

Started under the Aquino administration, Pamana is the National Government's convergence program that extends development interventions to isolated, hard-to-reach and conflict-affected communities, ensuring that they are not left behind.

A complementary track to peace negotiations, the program is anchored on the government's strategy of winning the peace by forging strategic partnerships with national agencies in promoting convergent delivery of goods and services, and addressing regional development challenges in conflict-affected and vulnerable areas.

The design and delivery of Pamana is conflict-sensitive and peace promoting to avoid the recurrence of any source of conflict. (SunStar Philippines)