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PAMANA-ARMM Progress Report

As of September 30, 2013


1. Background
One of the cornerstones of the Aquino Administration is a just, inclusive
and lasting peace which has been embodied in the Philippine Development
Plan (PDP) of 2011-2016.
To strengthen this, the government has adopted a two-track approach: 1)
negotiated political settlement of all armed conflict through peace
negotiations; and 2) undertaking a converged peace building programs,
aimed at addressing the root causes of conflict and issues affecting the
peace process.
Thus, Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) was launched as a
priority program of the current leadership as embodied in chapter 9 (Peace
and Security) of the PDP. It serves as a framework for intervention in the
conflict-affected and vulnerable areas to complement the governments
peace negotiation efforts in line with its commitment to address the causes
of conflicts and issues affecting the peace process.
The PAMANA Program aims to contribute to lasting peace by achieving the
following objectives: a) Reduce poverty and vulnerability in the conflictaffected areas; b) Improve governance; and c) Empower communities and
strengthen their capacities to address issues of conflict and peace through
activities that promote social cohesion. At the national level, PAMANA rests
on the three main pillars:
1) Pillar 1 Building the foundation for peace.
These are
interventions at the macro-level that help establish the foundations
of peace and the building of communities through policy reform
and development.
2) Pillar 2 Establishing Resilient Communities. This refers to microlevel interventions, which includes delivery of basic services and
goods focused on households and communities.
3) Pillar 3 - Addressing Regional Development. Referring to mesolevel interventions that address local development challenges including constraints to local economic development, economic
integration and physical and economic connectivity improvements.
PAMANA was first implemented in ARMM in 2011 through the national
agencies. However, beginning 2013, PAMANA implementation in the
ARMM has been lodged to the Office of the Regional Governor (ORG).
PAMANA ARMM projects are programmed to be implemented by either

administration, contract or by MOA with the concerned LGUs depending on


their capability.
II.

Introduction

The accomplishment of the PAMANA-ARMM Management Office (PMO)


through the facilitation of Office on Special Concerns (OSC) of the Office of
the Regional Governor covering the period from July to September 2013 is
based on the partnership entered into by and between the Regional
Autonomous Government (ARG) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser
on the Peace Process (OPAPP).
Pursuant to that agreement, the Regional Governor designated the
Assistant Regional Secretary of OSC as Project Manager of PMO in
concurrent capacity to coordinate and facilitate the implementation of the
program in the areas of autonomy in close coordination with the ARMM
partner implementing agencies.
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PMO ACTIVITIES JULY TO SEPTEMBER
OF 2013
The following is the major accomplishment report of the PMO relative to the
implementation of the PAMANA-ARMM programs in the areas of
autonomy.
1. Drafting of Executive Order for the creation of PAMANA Steering
Committee (PSC) and PAMANA Management Office(PMO)
The Office on Special Concerns in
cooperation with Regional Planning and
Development Office (RPDO) facilitated the
drafting of Executive Order on establishing
PAMANA Steering Committee (PSC) and
PAMANA Management Office (PMO) to
make it legally operational in the ARMM. The
drafting of E.O. is also in close coordination and checked by the Office of
the Executive Secretary and the Office of the Solicitor-General of ARMM.
2. Preparation of Manual
Management Office (PMO)

of

Operation

of

PAMANA-ARMM

To ensure the successful and smooth


implementation of the program the PMO
facilitated the crafting of the PAMANAARMM Manual of operation. This was made
possible in cooperation and in close
coordination with RPDO-ARMM, OPAPP
and focal persons from the partner
implementing agencies such as DSWD,
DILG, DPWH, DENR, TESDA, DAF and BFAR.

This Manual of Operation serves as mandate and guidance in the


implementation of PAMANA in ARMM. It will be a reference for policies,
rules, systems, mechanism and processes of the PAMANA projects
execution in the areas of autonomy.
Final approval by the PSC of the manual is awaiting comments and
recommendation from OPAPP as they were furnished a copy of the final
draft.
3. Preparation and submission of catch-up plans including Budget
Execution Documents (BEDs 1,2 & 3) to Department of Budget and
Management (DBM)
The PMO assisted and facilitated the
preparation of Catch-up Plans including the
Budget Execution Documents (BEDs) by
the partner implementing agencies as
requisites in the request for the release of
NCA from the Department of Budget and
Management (DBM).

4. Facilitated and requested the release of NCA from DBM for the
month of August and September
The PMO in coordination with the Financial Adviser of the Office of the
Regional Governor facilitated the request for the release of NCA from the
Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for the month of August
and September. A total of Php 371,270,450.00 has been released by the
DBM for the month of August and September. Additional release of Php
31,948,500.00 for the month of September has been made available by the
DBM to the DSWD-ARMM.
5. Facilitated the cash transfer of NCA to the concerned ARMM
partner agencies
Upon receipt of the NCA by the Office of the Regional Governor, the PMO
facilitated the cash transfer to the ARMM implementing agencies. This was
done in coordination with the Office of the Executive Secretary and the
concerned official of the Finance, Budget and Management Service
(FBMS).
6. Advocacy on the PAMANA-ARMM Program
For the officials of ARMM to have a
clear understanding of what PAMANA
program is all about, the PMO
presented
the
PAMANA-ARMM
program during the Cabinet Meeting
presided by the Regional Governor.

The various components of the program including the Camps to


Communities (C2C) projects were discussed and presented to the heads of
the different agencies of ARMM including the guidelines for its
implementation as spelled-out in the Manual of Operation.
7. Conduct of Convergence Forum for Development in MNLF
Communities held in Zamboanga City
The PMO in cooperation with
the Office of the Regional
Governor, Regional Planning
Development Office (RPDO)
and Office of the Presidential
Adviser on the Peace Process
(OPAPP)
and
in
close
coordination
with
the
concerned ARMM agencies facilitated the conduct of the MNLF Senior
Leaders Forum in Zamboanga City. The participants are selected senior
leaders of MNLF from mainland and island provinces of ARMM as well as
Senior Leaders from Zamboanga Peninsula, Palawan, South Cotabato and
Sarangani.

During the forum, the PAMANA-ARMM program was presented particularly


focused on the C2C Project for the MNLF communities. Having appreciated
the C2C Project for them, they decided to elect their representative to the
PSC which is the policy-making body of the PAMANA-ARMM program.
Also, during their executive meeting,
they decided to adopt a resolution
manifesting their sustained support
to the 1996 Final Peace Agreement
between the GRP and the MNLF
and expressed their appreciation to
the ARMM government and OPAPP
for coming out with the C2C project
for the MNLF communities.

8. Consultation meeting with the


identification of priority camps

MNLF

core

group

for

the

The following week


after the forum in
Zamboanga City, the
Regional
Governor
invited
the
Core
Leaders to come to
Cotabato
City
to
finalize Action Plan
and prioritize camps to
be piloted for the C2C implementation. The Core Group has identified at
least two camps per province but was later expanded to cover more MNLF
camps and get its profile including the MNLF members.
Because of time constraints, it was decided that an Enumerator will be
deployed in every camp to produce the following data/documents using the
modified Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) by the RPDO:
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
f.

Camp profile
MNLF Members Profile
List of priority projects
Project brief for each identified priority project
Consolidated Project Proposal
Sketch Map for the Camp location

The above document will be submitted to the PMO for consolidation and
subsequently presented to the PSC for consideration.
Due to the stand-off and the siege by the MNLF Misuari faction in
Zamboanga City, it was decided that the Enumerators of the camps in the
mainland provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur will be oriented and
deployed first.

9. Orientation and Deployment of Enumerators for the Mainland and


Island Province of Basilan

Eighteen Enumerators who were recommended by the MNLF Senior


Leaders were oriented on the modified CBMS Forms including the
preparation of the other documents cited in item 8. They were asked to
prepare the said documents in one month time beginning September 10,
2013. (Please refer to the attached forms for the details)
Also, per instruction from the Regional
Governor, the PMO coordinated with the
Regional Secretary of DOLE-ARMM who is
also the State Chairman of Basilan State
Revolutionary Committee for him to conduct
orientation for their Enumerators for the
identified six MNLF Camps to be profiled.

Finally, PMO has already facilitated the request of the Regional Governor
for the release of the NCA Operational Expenses (OPEX) for the
supervision and monitoring of the implementation of the projects to DBM in
the amount of Php 60,037,664.00 intended for the seven ARMM
implementing agencies to include DPWH, RPDO and PMO.