DILG partnered with OPAPP on PAMANA (Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan)

A March 21, 2011 poress release by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has partnered with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) in helping empower communities through the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Peaceful and Resilient Communities) or PAMANA.
PAMANA is the government’s flagship program for peace and development. It aims to promote community resilience by reducing poverty and vulnerability; improving governance; and strengthening capacities of communities to address peace and development issues through activities that promote social cohesion.
In a recently concluded forum organized by OPAPP at the Development Academy of the Philippines, DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero stated, “We (the DILG) may not be experts on the peace process, but we certainly know our way in dealing with the LGUs and promoting good governance.”
OPAPP Undersecretary Luisito Montalbo, who made a presentation on PAMANA, said that DILG’s role could involve providing policy directions related to governance and security in conflict-affected areas. There were also initial discussions on linking DILG’s Seal of Good Housekeeping with PAMANA.
The Seal of Good Housekeeping is given to LGUs that excel in governance. It is necessary for the municipalities to receive resources under the performance challenge fund (PCF) program led by the DILG.
Montalbo also updated DILG regional and provincial directors from PAMANA targeted areas on the developments on the ongoing peace talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), as well as the revisiting of the peace agreements with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA).
Other PAMANA partner institutions include the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), among others.