PASIG CITY – The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) thanked the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for releasing P4 billion in funds for the implementation of key projects under its Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program.

“We extend our deepest gratitude to the DBM, under the leadership of Sec. Amenah Pangandaman, for the timely release of these funds,” said Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr.

“These critical resources will allow OPAPRU, through the PAMANA Program, to deliver much-needed infrastructure and livelihood projects in focus areas across the country,” Galvez noted.

Implemented in 2011, the PAMANA Program is a key component of the Marcos Admistration’s 5-point peace, reconciliation, and unity agenda that directly supports the implementation of all signed peace agreements.

Through its cross-cutting initiatives, the program aims to create an environment where long-lasting peace and sustainable development can take root and flourish in areas once affected by armed conflict.

According to Galvez, the P4 billion fund will be used to build essential infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges, as well as to create livelihood and job opportunities for residents particularly in underserved, last-mile communities and areas devastated by previous conflicts.

“While we strive to push forward, build on and sustain the gains of peace, it is also crucial to implement development interventions that aim to improve the lives of our people, particularly the former combatants, and enable them to achieve their full potential,” he stressed.

“Peace and development must always go hand in hand. They must be pursued simultaneously, as they are two sides of the same coin. One cannot be achieved without the other,” Galvez said.

The peace adviser emphasized the importance of having increased collaboration and synergy among stakeholders in achieving long-lasting peace and sustainable development.

This is the reason, he explained, why the OPAPRU is working closely with national line agencies, as this strategy will enable the government to maximize its resources and carry out strategic interventions where they can have the most impact.

“We are therefore grateful to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for allocating a portion of their budget to complement PAMANA projects with vital infrastructure construction,” Galvez said.

This collaborative approach, as exemplified by the cooperation between OPAPRU, DBM, DPWH, DSWD, Depart of Agriculture, DOLE and other government agencies, reflects the Marcos Administration’s “whole-of-government, whole-of-nation” approach.

“We urge all our partners to continue working hand-in-hand with OPAPRU,” Galvez said, adding, “By fostering this collaborative spirit, we can create an environment where genuine peace and sustainable development can flourish, paving the way for a brighter and more prosperous future for all Filipinos.” ###