By Francis Wakefield
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Jesus Dureza warned the public against scrupulous individuals misrepresenting the government’s PAMANA Project.
Dureza issued the warning after he met with a complainant who lost a considerable amount of hard-earned money due to misrepresentations on OPAPP’s PAMANA projects.
He said the complainant was threatened not to report the matter to authorities.
“Given this incident and to stop other people from being victimized, we are warning the public, including Local Government Units and private contractors, that certain persons are reportedly going the rounds collecting money purportedly for PAMANA projects, misrepresenting themselves as OPAPP representatives and “name dropping” some OPAPP officials,” Dureza said.
“Please send your reports to me directly at 09178995377 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We assure the informants that their identities will be protected,” he added.
PAMANA-Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan is the National Government’s peace and development framework to respond and strengthen peace-building, reconstruction, and development in conflict-affected areas (CAAs) through the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).
The PAMANA Program aims to contribute to lasting peace by achieving the following objectives: Reduce poverty and vulnerability in conflict-affected areas
Improve governance, and empower communities and strengthen their capacities to address issues of conflict and peace through activities that promote social cohesion.
The PAMANA Framework is anchored on three complementary strategic pillars that define core interventions to achieve lasting peace. These are:
Pillar 1 – refers to interventions that support the establishment of the foundations of peace and the building of resilient communities through policy reform and development;
Pillar 2 – refers to micro-level interventions to promote the convergent delivery of services and goods focused on households and communities by both national and local agencies/units;
Pillar 3 – refers to meso-level interventions that address regional and sub-regional development challenges and will contribute to peace-building.
The project started its implementation in December 2011 and it is still on-going.