KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/17 August) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to implement around P25.2 million worth of community peace projects in 42 villages of Pikit in North Cotabato.
Gemma Rivera, DSWD Region 12 director, said Friday the projects are part of an ongoing convergence initiative for conflict-affected areas that are being implemented in the region through a partnership between the agency and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).
She said they have completed the assessment of the community project proposals and the processing of documents for the requests for fund releases.
“We have submitted the project proposals to the central office for approval and funding,” she said in a statement.
Rivera said the proposed projects include the construction of community peace and learning centers, solar driers, potable water systems, pre and post-harvest facilities and road rehabilitation.
She said the projects are all due for completion before the end of the year.
“These projects are aimed to provide better access to basic social services, while at the same time supporting peace-building efforts and helping addressing conflict in the different villages of Pikit,” Rivera said.
The DSWD, through its poverty-reduction program Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), earlier forged a partnership with the OPPAP for the implementation of community peace projects in conflict-affected and vulnerable areas in Mindanao like Pikit town.
The project is part of OPAPP’s Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) project, which is the government’s flagship peace and development framework.
Known as Kalahi-CIDSS-PAMANA project, it employs the community-driven development strategy, where peace and development priorities are addressed in a participatory, collective and inclusive decision-making process. (Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews)