The Department of the Interior and Local Government Caraga Region (DILG 13) released a total of P30.8 Million worth of checks for PAMANA 2013 projects and P5.8 Million worth of checks for PAMANA 2012 projects for the first quarter of 2014.

These releases were the second tranches for each project comprising the residual 20% of the total project cost. The first tranche of 80% was released upon approval of the project and the second tranche was withheld until the project is completed and the first tranche liquidated.

Of the P30.8 Million, P27 Million was given to the province of Surigao del Norte on February 20, 2014. This is broken down to P6M for the rehabilitation of Antipolo-Tuburan-Quezon (8.93 Km) road in Del Carmen; P1.9M for the construction of Banban-Taganaan-Magsaysay Road (1.7 km) in Placer; P2.9M for the construction of a 50-meter Bailey Bridge at Cantugas in Mainit; P2.8M for the rehabilitation of Diaz-Magtangale Road (3.19 Km) in San Francisco; P1.9M for the rehabilitation of Cantapoy-Villaraza Road and P2.8M for the rehabilitation of Pili-Karihatag Road (2.38 km) both in Malimono; P1.8M for the rehabilitation of Pinaypayan-Brazil Road, Mat-I in Surigao City; and P6.8M for the construction of Campo Little Baguio Road in Bacuag.

2.8 Million was given to the province of Surigao del Sur on January 8, 2014. P1 Million was for the Rehabilitation of Union-Bogak-Rajah Cabungsuan Road in Lingig; and P1.8 Million for the Rehabilitation of Spring Development in Burgos, Mabahin, Manlico, Poblacion, Matho and Tigao, Cortes.

The remaining P1 Million was given to the province of Agusan del Norte for the construction of Cabadbaran-Putting Bato-Lanuza Road, Phase 1, also released on February 20.

There were also P5.8 Million worth of second tranche checks released during the first quarter of 2014 for the PAMANA 2012 projects.
Of this, P4.9 Million was given to the province of Agusan del Sur for the rehabilitation of Tapaz-tagumpay-Guinobtan Road in Sta Josefa which was released on February 5.

And finally, P0.9 Million was given to the province of Agusan del Norte for the Potable Water System in Baragany Taod-oy in Magallanes (P40k); and Farm-to-Market roads: Jaguimitan concreting in Nasipit (P356k); Tagbongbong-Kanluran-San Antonio road construction in RTR (P354k) and Manoligao-Liongan rehabilitation in Carmen (P176k). The first two were released on January 9, and the remaining on January 13 and February 20, respectively.

The release of the second tranche was recommended and approved upon attainment of the preset requirements by the provincial government, i.e. Request letter; BAC resolution Recommending BAC Award of Contract; copies of Contract of Agreement, Notice to Proceed, other bidding documents; Statement of Receipt and Disbursement; Project Status Report; Certificates of Completion, Turnover and Acceptance; Audit Inspection Report; ECC/CNC from DENR; FCIP/CNO from NCIP; Operation and Sustainability Plan; and Variation Order for both projects, plus additional requirements of Potability Test and Water Permit for water projects. This is in accordance with Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 series of 2012 between the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and DILG.

PAMANA is the convergence framework through which the national government, the local government units and development agencies provide targeted interventions in identified conflict-affected areas.

The portfolio of PAMANA projects for 2013 consists of 93% connectivity projects (amounting to P208 Million) and 7% Basic Services projects (amounting to P15.3 Million). Although increasing in value by as much as 41%, this was a narrowing down in terms of coverage by 50% as compared to the previous year. PAMANA 2012 projects amounted to P158 Million with 86% connectivity projects, 7% agricultural investments; 6% basic services and 1% disaster preparedness projects.

PAMANA 2013’s connectivity projects are broken down into road projects (1 in Agusan del Norte, 7 in Surigao del Norte and 6 in Surigao del Sur); and bridges (1 in Surigao del Norte and 1 in Surigao del Sur).

The Basic Services projects were mostly potable water systems (6 projects) and are all in Surigao del Sur. (Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio, RIO-Designate, DILG XIII)

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