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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012

PAMANA to build 2,340 IDP shelters in Maguindanao

by Rene V. Carbayas

ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Jan 3 (PIA) -– The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) announced that the national government is set to build some 2,340 shelters for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Maguindanao under the PAMANA or Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Peaceful and Resilient Communities) program.

The IDP shelters will be constructed for families displaced by armed skirmishes between government forces and lawless elements led by former MILF Commanders Ustadz Ameril Umra Kato and Bravo after the aborted signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain in August 2008.

On behalf of ARMM Regional Gov. Mujiv Hataman, newly-installed ARMM Vice Governor Bainon Karon received the P62 million check from OPAPP Secretary Teresita Quinto-Deles in a ceremonial turn-over recently at OPAPP headquarters in Pasig. The amount is intended for the construction of the shelters.

Deles emphasized that “the government is sincerely committed to winning peace, not only on the peace negotiating table, but also on the ground especially in conflict-affected communities, in order for them to have a stake in sustaining peace.”

Karon, meanwhile, expressed gratitude to the national government for the PAMANA projects vigorously undertaken in the region.

“Completing and implementing the PAMANA projects is a challenge and also an important goal in the matuwid na daan (straight path) policy of our President,” Karon stated.

The shelters are expected to be completed within four months in five municipalities and 11 barangays. The municipalities include Talayan, Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Datu Piang, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, and Datu Salibo.

The IDP Shelter Assistance Project which provides basic housing facilities to displaced families in conflict-affected areas is a project under Pillar 1 of the PAMANA program.

OPAPP serves as the oversight agency of PAMANA, while DSWD, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) are the implementing agencies.

To uphold transparency and accountability, civil society organizations are engaged in monitoring the implementation of PAMANA projects.

For the IDP Shelter Assistance Project, the government has tapped the Institute for Autonomy and Governance as its third-party monitor.

The construction contractor for the shelters in the province is Kilusang Magkaibigan Multi-purpose Cooperative.

PAMANA, a complementary track to peace negotiations, is the government’s peace and development framework that seeks to reduce poverty, improve governance and empower communities through community-driven projects that address people’s needs and, at the same time, promote peace. (OPAPP/ALT/RVC-PIA9 ZBST)

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