Tuesday, February 7, 2017

DILG allots P691M for PAMANA projects in insurgency-affected Bicol towns
By Samuel M. Toledo

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 6 (PNA) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) allocated P691.63 million for projects in pre-identified conflict-affected areas (CAA) across the Bicol region whose construction works were completed in 2015 and 2016 under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program.

Engineer Renato Bolon, head of the special projects being implemented by DILG-Project Development and Management Unit in Bicol, said the infrastructures, which were built in places affected by the insurgency in the countryside, ranged from road networks to water system facilities.

PAMANA is the national government's flagship program aimed at strengthening peace-building, reconstruction and development in CAAs in the country's selected "priority regions."

Of the 54 PAMANA projects, 23 are in Camarines Norte, 14 in Masbate, seven each in Sorsogon and Camarines Sur, and three in Albay.

The towns in Camarines Sur, which have PAMANA-funded construction work projects, are Baao, Bato, Bula, Del Gallego and Garchitorena.

“These are either road networks, bridges or water supply systems,” he said.

Bolon said the PAMAMA-funded projects in Camarines Norte, which are in the towns of Basud, Capalonga, Labo and Sta. Elena, are either road sections, bridges or water supply facilities.

He said in Masbate, road sections or water system projects were built in the remote villages of Cawayan, Milagros, Mobo, Monreal, Palanas, San Pascual and Uson.

In Sorsogon, road sections, bridges or water supply facilities were constructed in CAAs of Barcelona, Casiguran, Gubat, Juban, Magallanes and Prieto Diaz.

“Guinobatan is the only Albay town with Pamana-funded road sections,” said Bolon.

He said Catanduanes has no pre-identified insurgency-affected village. (PNA) LAP/GVR/SMT/CBD