DILG-CAR released a total of PhP 133.8 M for PAMANA development projects, Ifugao receives PhP 8M

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DILG-CAR Regional Director John M. Castañeda hands over checks worth PhP 8M to Ifugao Governor Dennis B. Habawel for two road improvement projects, as Ifugao municipal functionaries and DILG officers looks on.

Road improvement in Danggo, Tinoc, Ifugao


The Department of the Interior and Local Government – Cordillera Administrative Region (DILG-CAR) released the first tranche amounting to PhP 8M of the PhP 10M earmarked for two road improvement projects in the Province of Ifugao, bringing the total of funds released by DILG-CAR to PhP 133.8M since the inception of the PAyapa at MAsaganangPamayanAN (PAMANA) Program of the national government in 2012.



DILG-CAR Regional Director John M. Castañeda handed over the checks to Ifugao Governor Hon. Dennis B. Habawel, during the opening program of the Rollout of the Human Rights-based Local Water and Sanitation Governance Training at the Summer Place Hotel, Baguio City on October 23, 2013.


The Namal to Pula Road Improvement Project in Asipulo will cover 797 meters of road with total project cost of PhP 5M, and another PhP 5M for the Road Improvement in Danggo, Tinocwhich will improve 4.4 kms of road that will connect Barangays Danggo andLubong, still in Tinoc. These two projects will directly benefit more than 6,000 constituents of the four barangays, and more from the adjoining barangays of the Asipulo and Tinoc.


Aside from the convenience of the constituents and their overall economic concerns, Gov. Habawel hopes that “once these villages are made accessible, there would be less enclaves for lawless elements to stay,” referring to the most recent encounter between the military and the lawless elements in Asipulo. He said that any similar project is much appreciated considering that the Province of Ifugao is one of the poorest province in the country.


The program of works and detailed engineering designs for these projects were approved last October 13, 2013, for immediate implementation by the Provincial Government of Ifugao. The remaining PhP 2M will be released immediately after the completion of both projects and validation by DILG-CAR, said Engr. Rene Valera, the chief of the Local Government Capability Development Division of DILG-CAR.


A total of PhP 211.8Mwas allocated for the six provinces in CAR that will fund 13 development projects under the PAMANA Program this 2013, including the two identified in Ifugao. The other 11 development projects are distributed in the other five provinces.


In Abra Province, a total of PhP 39.8M was allotted for the Buneg-Pacqued Road Project in Lacub, Abrathat will open 7.9 kms stretch of road, and Cogon-Lanec Road Project in Tineg that will open 12 kms. of road, amounting to PhP 24M and PhP 15.8M, respectively. The Buneg-Pacqued Road Project is 75% completed, while the Cogon-Lanec Road Project has been issued the notice to proceed last September 2013.


The amount of PhP 6M was allocated for the improvement of the Sta. Maria-Balluyan-Malayugan Road Project in Barangay Balluyan, Flora in Apayao Province. As of this writing, the project is already 80 percent completed.


The identified PAMANA development projects in Benguet Province, which commenced last Oct. 14, 2013,is the 6 km Cabiten-Kamatakki Road in Mankayan amounting to PhP 8M for their PAMANA.


The program of works and detailed engineering design of the concreting of the Allaguia to Asingbalan Road in Pinukpuk, Kalinga Province worth PhP 20M has been approved and the project is ready to commence upon the issuance of the notice to proceed by the LGU.


Fund allocation for Mt. Province amounting to PhP 128M covering six projects are ready for release by DILG-CAR once documentary requirements are submitted by the local government units. The six identified projects are the Road Opening from Besao, Mt. Province to Tubo, Abra worth PhP 50M; improvement of 16 kms of the Bontoc-Besao Road, PhP 20M; improvement of Natonin-Toboy Road that included 12 kms of road widening and slope protection, PhP 20M; improvement of Poblacion Marat Road in Poblacion, Paracelis, PhP 7M; and construction of Betwagan Bridge (Phase II) and improvement of Betwagan Access Road, both in Sadanga worth PhP 25M and PhP 6M, respectively.


PAMANA is the national government’s program and framework for peace and development. It is implemented in areas affected by conflict and communities covered by existing peace agreements. In order to strengthen peace-building, reconstruction and development in conflict affected areas, the government is adopting negotiated political settlement of all armed conflict through peace negotiations, and undertaking programs aimed at addressing the root cause of armed conflict through intervention on the ground.


The program hopes to improve governance, reduce poverty and empower communities.


All 12 LGU PAMANA-DILG beneficiaries in 2013 were identified by members of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC), with LGUs identifying specific projects in their localities.


In 2012, all approved 21 PAMANA projects amounting to PhP 50M implemented in seven LGUs were identified by the Cordillera Bodong Administration-Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CBA-CPLA), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP), and formed part of the Closure Agreement between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the CBA-CPLA signed on July 4, 2011.


Except for construction of the Betwagan Bridge (Phase 1- construction of abutments and approaches) amounting to PhP 21M in Sadanga, Mt. Province, all 20 projects worth PhP29M are located in Kalinga Province. Fourteen of the 21 projects have been completed already with seven projects still on-going.


All identified PAMANA development projects in CAR contribute to the physical integration of the region. # Carol Guidangen-Gano, DILG-CAR