4.01.2012

PIA News Service - Sunday, April 1, 2012

OPAPP-DILG spearheads PAMANA seminar-workshop in Agusan del Norte

By Brian Jay Ceballos

BUTUAN CITY, April 1 (PIA)
-- The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) conducted the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program – DILG Orientation and Planning Workshop last March 22 and 23 here.

The workshop was aimed in building conflict-free and safe communities, which is designed on Mainstreaming Peace and Development in Local Governance – “Defining No Boundaries for Peace and Development,” with funding support from the Spanish government.

Among the identified problem statements that were prioritized is the government’s inadequacy to provide basic social services to the people (livelihood programs) that leads to the increase in community support to the Communist Party of the Philippines/New Peoples' Army/National Democratic Front, inadequate allocation of resources to fund delivery of basic services to the people, poor quality of basic services that led to massive recruitment of CNN, and insufficient road network that leads to increase insurgency in conflict affected areas.

One of the major interventions that will be providing funds to support this reform initiative is the PAMANA Program. It aims to build the institutional capacity of LGUs for them to better implement peace and development initiatives that would address the root causes of conflict in each locality. This program is the national government’s peace and development framework to respond and strengthen peace building, reconstruction and development aims to reduce poverty, empower communities and improve governance in conflict-affected areas.

The Training Workshop was formally opened by Provincial Dir. Romeo A. Solis (PD) of DILG, Agusan del Norte. He presented the overview of the training workshop. According to Prov. Dir. Solis, “conflict knows no boundaries, peace and development are interrelated that is why it is very important to lower the poverty incidents that trigger these conflicts.”

He added that the PAMANA Program of the National Government will put an end to these conflicts thru strategies leaning towards a more peaceful means of battling the problem.

Further, he put emphasis on the legal basis under the Local Government Code on the powers and the need for Local Government Units to promote the welfare of its constituents as well as the establishment of appropriate local bodies and mechanisms that will further set guidelines and direction for economic and social development concentrating on community development and livelihood programs.

Mr. Rofel C. Cabaltera, head of the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) presented the Province’s vision, mission and goals; Ms. Rosemarie P. Mordeno of the National Commission of Indigenous People (NCIP) presented IP situationer, issues and concerns of the province; Maj. Edgar D. CenteƱo of the Phil. Army and PSupt. Iluminado V. Espina Jr. of the Phil. National Police presented security updates of the province, their accomplishments and prioritization programs; Ephram S. Sumaylo, intelligence officer of PDEA Region 13 gave updates on the situation of the drug problems in the province; and Ms. Gloria L. Pabillore, head of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) presented the 4P’s or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program updates that is reaching and providing for 20,589 families in the province.

The seminar-workshop was also attended by representatives from the provincial, regional and national government agencies, private groups, and local officials of each municipality.

Mr. Javier Garcia, representative from Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) of the Spanish Government was also in attendance.

In the workshop proper, participants were divided into two groups: Group 1 was composed of the municipalities of Buenavista, Carmen, Nasipit, Magallanes, and Las Nieves, while Group 2 was composed of the municipalities of Kitcharao, Jabonga, RTR, Santiago, and Tubay.

Each group identified critical incidents based on the degree of violence/conflict present in their area directly affecting the lives of the community, as well as the root causes that are affecting the peace and order which slows down the development of their respective areas.

The strategies that were formulated by the groups are in a form of programs, projects and activities which is fit and suitable to address the dire needs of the problems in their area. And after the identification process, each group was asked to present each priority projects by municipality for its assessment and budget allotment.

Mr. Oliver M. Binancilan, Area Manager of OPAPP capped the workshop by highlighting the importance of coordination and organization to operationally implement the projects to mainstream peace and development to all sectors. He ended by greatly stressing the magnitude of producing results by 2012 so as to get additional resources and support for funding on projects for CY 2013. (RER/LGU-Agusan del Norte/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano news: Ika-25 anibersaryo sa BCCCIFI, nagmalampuson

Ni: Gerry G. Gabiana

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 1 (PIA)
– Malampusong nagasaulog sa ika 25th anibersaryo ang Butuan City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. kon BCCCIFI.

Bag-ohay pa lang nanagtagbo ang mga Board of Directors niining nga nasangpit nga hugpong pinangunahan sa sa Executive President niini nga si Joseph Omar O. Andaya ug ang lokal nga panggamhanan sa syudad sa Butuan pinaagi usab sa representasyon ni Executive Assistant Rouel A. Jamili sa City Hall, aron iplastar ang mga angayang tuki-on sa nasangpit nga kasaulugan.

Dungang gipahigayon usab ang 1st Quarter General Membership Meeting ug Launching of Mindanao Business Conference nga natigayon sa may Prince Hotel, South Montilla Boulevard, niining dakbayan.

Diha sa hamubong programa gipaabot ni Executive Vice President, Engr. Anselmo L. Sang Tian, ang mainitong pag-abi-abi ngadto sa mga mitambong nga magpapatigayon ug sa iyang pinasahing mensahe gipasabot niini nga sa pagkakaron, ang dakbayan sa Butuan nagmalambuon ug nahimong mabulukon tungod sa mga miyembro sa maong kahugpungan.

Gibatbat usab niini ang duha nga dagkong hisgutanan sama sa pagtuki sa power shortage sa Mindanao ug ang gihanyag nga mga trabaho pinaagi sa TESDA kon Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. Gidugang sa maong opisyal nga pinaagi niini, makunhuran unya ang problema sa mga walay trabaho nga mga katawhan dili lang dinhi sa Butuan kundili sa tibook usab rehiyon sa Caraga.

Mapasigarbohong nagpahibalo usab ang nasangpit nga Executive Vice President nga karong umalabot Agosto 4-5, 2012 dinhi sa syudad sa Butuan ipahigayon ang Mindanao Business Conference ug dinapit nga mamumulong mao si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III. (RER/PIO/PIA-Caraga)