MANILA, Philippines — The national government completed the construction of 167 core shelter units for families affected by armed conflict in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Soliman said the core shelter units were completed under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program, a government initiative and framework for peace and development in conflict areas.

It is a complementary track to peace negotiations that aims to reduce poverty, improve governance, and empower communities in situations of armed conflict.

It is led by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) with the DSWD implementing Pillar 1, which provides modified shelter, and Pillar 2, which provides peace and development/livelihood fund to target beneficiaries.

Under the PAMANA program, the government targets the construction of some 295 shelter units in the municipalities of Pigcawayan, Aleosan, and Midsayap in North Cotabato. Midsayap Housing

The government is pouring in some P15.3 million at P50,000 per unit for the construction of the core shelters.

To date, in Pigcawayan, another 23 units are under construction, while site development and construction are on-going in Aleosan and Midsayap where 75 and 30 housing units will be built, respectively.

The PAMANA program is a multi-agency project, involving the DSWD, OPAPP, and concerned local government units (LGUs), which ensures that the communities benefit from improved delivery of basic social services and are served by a responsive, transparent, and accountable government.

Under the program, the DSWD handles the validation and assessment of beneficiaries, while the OPAPP provides fund counterpart to the project.

Meanwhile, the LGUs will identify areas where they can contribute to the sustainability of the project and the regular monitoring of the families in the area.

In another development, the Army troopers of the Northeastern and Northern Mindanao 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division renewed their oath of respect to human rights during the flag raising ceremony held in front of the administration building of Camp Edilberto Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro City on Monday.

Major Mary Glenda S. Econar, 4th ID’s Adjutant, led the recitation of the “Panunumpa sa Karapatang Pantao” with the theme “End Impunity: Make Human Rights Our Way of Life,” in line with the celebration of the 63rd International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2011.

A reading of 15 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was also delivered to promote respect for these rights.

Pursuant to Republic Act 9201, or the National Human Rights Consciousness Week, December 4 to 10 of every year has been declared as the public awareness on the UDHR to promote respect and sustainable human rights culture for every Filipino. (With a report from Mike U. Crismundo) from Manila Bulletin


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