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DPWH to implement P39.4M PAMANA road projects in Leyte’s second district

July 19, 2018

CARIGARA, Leyte – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Leyte Second District Engineering Office will implement a total amount of P39.4 million road rehabilitation projects funded under Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program.

According to District Engineer Carlos G. Veloso, PAMANA program was implemented by the government to reduce vulnerabilities, improve governance, and empower fragile communities. “This involves socio-economic interventions to isolated and conflict-affected areas not only to foster sustainable development but also to avoid recurrence of sources of conflict” added Veloso.

Among the three PAMANA projects, two were already bided-out, the rehabilitation of Brgy. Lanawan Farm to Market (FMR), in Mac Arthur, Leyte in the amount of P19.7 million. Barangay Lanawan, MacArthur, Leyte, is an upland community of the Municipality of MacArthur with 67 households and the main crops produce are corn, coconut and root crops (cassava, gabi, camote) and banana.

Residents of the barangay who are mostly farmers, grouped their selves into an organization, the association had already bought two hectares of land and developed it into an organic farm supplying high value vegetables in Tacloban City. An organic piggery of seventy five (75) heads, a corn mill and a farm to market road was accessed by the association. The rehabilitation of the FMR will greatly help the farmers bringing their farm produce to the main city.

Another bided-out project is the rehabilitation of Patag FMR, Burauen, Leyte with an allocation of P9.85 million.

While the P9.85 million rehabilitation of Conzoilo FMR in Jaro, Leyte is awaiting for modification. Villa Conzoilo, an upland village 7 kilometers from the poblacion of Jaro, is a budding farm-tourism destination in Leyte that has attracted both foreign and local visitors since it opened in May last year. Villa Conzoilo, the farthest village of Jaro at the foot of Mount Amandaweng, was once a hotbed of insurgency like all its neighboring communities. The association of farmers, transformed the once a center of war zone of rebellion into thriving gardens planted with high-value crops.

PAMANA programs envision to improve governance through partnerships with national and local institutions, building capacities or governance, and enhancement of transparency and accountability mechanisms. It also into reducing poverty and vulnerability in conflict-affected areas through sustainable rural development, community infrastructure and focused delivery of social services, as well as empowering communities and strengthen their capacity to address issues of conflict and peace through activities that promote social cohesion.

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