By LGOO II Archie Rose G. Vasquez


Butuan City–The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga awarded Php57.8Million worth of checks to two recipient provinces in the region, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur, to implement the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) projects under DILG fund during the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Second Quarterly Meeting last June 30, 2015 at Mazaua Island Resort, this city.

Awarding of checks was headed by DILG Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion joined by RPOC Chair and Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr., PSSupt Pedro U Obaldo of Police Regional Office (PRO) XIII, and MGen Oscar T Lactao of 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army. The checks released are the first tranches equivalent to 80% of each project’s cost.

Provincial Administrator Efren Rivas of Surigao del Sur received Php33.8Million worth of checks for the province which will fund four (4) different infrastructure projects, namely: Construction of Carromata to Bitaugan Road Opening (30kms) Phase II in San Miguel amounting to Php24Million; Rehabilitation of Union-Dogak-Rajah Cabungsuan Road Phase IV in Lingig amounting to Php1.8Million; Road Opening of barangay proper to Camunohan, Bayogo Phase II in Madrid amounting to Php4Million; and Construction of 15LM Single Lane Flat Slab Bridge II, Bayogo Phase II in Madrid amounting to Php4Million.

Provincial Governor Adolph Edward G. Plaza also received the check amounting to Php24Million awarded to the Province of Agusan del Sur for the Construction of Bridge Approaches in Sta. Irene-La Purisima Bridge in Prosperidad. He also received the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) 2014 check of Php7Million for the improvement of D.O Plaza Memorial Hospital in his province.

The PAMANA program is one of the initiatives of the national government under President Aquino’s administration in partnership with the Local Government units (LGUs) and national line agencies basically to create greater impact to the lives of the Filipino people, especially to communities in conflict-affected areas, by making available to them the basic services they need through infrastructure projects like installation of potable water system, farm-to-market roads, construction of bridges and the likes with outcomes that are hoped to steer to PAMANA’s ultimate goal of peace and development.

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