Cagayan de Oro- The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) spearheaded the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Assessment here last July 30-31, 2015, specifically the Lanao Core Group. The activity aims to evaluate the PAMANA Projects implemented by partner National Government Agencies. The outcome of the program particularly the impact and learning experiences to the conflict affected communities in Lanao del Norte.

The PAMANA program’s goals were to contribute to lasting peace by first reducing poverty and vulnerability in conflict-affected areas, improve governance, and empower communities and strengthen their capacities to address issues of conflict through activities that promote social cohesion.

The Lanao Core Group is composed of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Agriculture (DA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Arm Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Civil Society Organization (CSO) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

To date, Kalahi CIDSS PAMANA under the DSWD here has generated a total cost of P51 Million with household beneficiaries of 33,004. And has 92.2% physical accomplishment of 2014.

The activity was presided by Musa Sanguila of Pakigdait Inc. an NGO base in Lanao del Norte. Assistant Secretary Howard Cafuguan of Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) was also present on the event.

Written by: Luis T. Arquiza, DSWD