Over 2,000 ARMM barangays to receive PAMANA projects

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - News - ( Mindanao Examiner. With a report from Jasmine Mohammadsali) ( Bureau of Public Information)

ZAMBOANGA CITY Mayor Beng Climaco said Zamboanga City was adjudged as the most improved among cities and municipalities in Western Mindanao for its strong performance in the competitiveness index.

She said the award was given by the Regional Competitiveness Committee led by the Department of Trade and Industry on Tuesday. “The award gave distinction to Zamboanga’s giant leap forward in overall competitiveness ranking based on the results released during the 3rd Regional Competitiveness Summit in July last year,” Climaco said.

Zamboanga rose from Rank 74 in 2014 to Rank 15 in 2015 among highly urbanized cities and 14th among all cities in the country. Climaco largely credited the “hard work and resiliency of the people of Zamboanga” as instrumental in the performance of the local government in the competitiveness index.

“Our story is really a story of God’s grace, hard work, and resiliency. We continually support the CMCI ( Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index) and we hope to have more in the national competition so that we will not only gauge our winning, but we will also be able to gauge our competencies within us and within the other cities. Much work has to be done. With hard work, perseverance, and God’s grace, we will achieve more,” she said.

Climaco said Zamboanga City also received plaques of recognition for its top rank performances in the infrastructure category - Rank 3 - and as a highly urbanized City Rank 15.

The CMCI is an annual ranking of cities and municipalities developed by the National Competitiveness Council in 2013 with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development through Project – INVEST. The index measures economic dynamism, government efficiency, and infrastructure of a local government.

For 2015, Zamboanga ranked 3rd in infrastructure, 15th in Government Efficiency and 26th in Economic Dynamism.

Climaco also praised City Planning Officer Rodrigo Sicat, Investment and Promotion Chief Apple Go, Special Assistant to the City Mayor Jose Genaro Aizon, and Business Licensing Head Benjie Barredo for their exemplary performance and commitment to their work. COTABATO CITY - More than 2,000 barangays in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao ( ARMM) will receive projects this year under the national government’s Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan ( PAMANA) program through the region’s Department of Social Welfare and Development ( DSWDARMM).

The projects would be delivered under the PAMANA Community Driven Development ( CDD) Expansion and PAMANA MNLF Program. The PAMANA CDD Expansion will target a total of 1,777 barangays in the entire region while the PAMANA MNLF is set to be implemented in 291 preidentified barangays in 74 ARMM municipalities. Both initiatives are in their last year of implementation.

Rahima Alba, DSWDARMM Secretary and concurrent PAMANA program manager, said this year’s PAMANA will be geared towards sustainability of the cooperatives the program has established and supported.

“We want them ( beneficiary cooperatives) to continue operating, and for them to have even wider opportunities in their localities. Kahit tapos na ang programa, sila mismo ang magpatuloy ng kanilang pag- unlad ( Even if the program ends, they can sustain their development),” Secretary Alba said.

This year, PAMANA CDD will boost its implementation through the Integrated Community Enterprising Market Program. This will augment livelihood opportunities in conflict- affected and conflict- vulnerable communities in three modalities:

Capacity ment trainings;

Production of inputs; and,

Additional capital assistance.

Each barangay would have a total project cost allocation of P300,000.

The PAMANA MNLF program, on the other hand, will provide services to the families of MNLF combatants through healthcare benefits, college scholarships, tech- voc capacity development, and livelihood ventures support. Each identified MNLF cooperative is allotted a project cost ceiling worth P885,000 from DSWDARMM.

From January 15 to 18, DSWD- ARMM has conducted an orientation and planning workshop that marked the start of the 2016 project implementation of the program. The event was designed to orient the stakeholders at the provincial level on the new process and mecha-

develop- nisms of implementation of the last cycle of PAMANA.

The program’s provincial teams, provincial social welfare officers, project development officers, provincial focal persons, and special project staff attended the three- day activity spearheaded by the agency’s Regional Project Management Office.

Also present are officials from the PAMANA National Project Management Office, which is under the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process ( OPPAP).

Howard Cafugauan, OPAPP assistant secretary for Special Programs, said by the end of 2015, a total of 5,659 households were covered with health insurance, 400 beneficiaries received study grants, and 5,115 households – specifically those displaced by the 2008 conflict brought about by the rejection of the Memorandum of Agreement on the Ancestral Domain – were provided with shelters.

PAMANA is a project aimed at making citizens become stronger agents of peace and development in the region and in the country. This is the current administration’s peace and development framework anchored on promoting inclusive growth and lasting peace.

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