Galvez thanks DBM for releasing P4 Billion in funds for PAMANA projects

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. (more…)

By |2024-05-20T12:04:05+08:00May 20th, 2024|News, PAMANA|0 Comments

First-ever peace and development center in Northern Luzon to rise in Baguio City

BAGUIO CITY– Presidential Peace Adviser Sec. Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong led the groundbreaking ceremony and the signing of the memorandum of agreement for the construction of the first ever Peace Center in Northern Luzon on Friday, February 16.

The Php 50 million peace and development center, which will be built at the Upper Session Road, this city, will house Cordillera-based Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) personnel.

The facility will also serve as a peace knowledge and learning center in the city, as well as a convention center where meetings and seminars can be held.

From casual talks to realization

According to Mayor Magalong, the idea of establishing a peace center in the city started during a casual talk with Secretary Galvez at an event in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in September last year.

“Sec. Galvez and I have been together for a while, especially during the run of the National Task Force on COVID-19 where he was the vaccine czar while I was the lead in the nationwide contact tracing,” Magalong said.

“Sometime in September 2023 just last year, we were both guests at a PMA event. He was mentioning to me the different programs of OPAPRU and the fundings for the programs. He also mentioned the peacekeeping and reconciliation programs to which we both agreed to suggest that we can put up a peace and development center here in Baguio City.” he recalled.

PAMANA funded project

The proposed peace and development center was then included in the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program fund for fiscal year 2024. The successful inclusion of the project came after a site validation and assessment was made by OPAPRU personnel.

The PAMANA Program is the national government’s peace and development convergence program which forms an integral part of the Philippine comprehensive peace process.

This cross-cutting, community-driven intervention directly contributes to the implementation of the Transformation and Normalization Programs under the various peace agreements, while ensuring the sustainability of project interventions in peace and development focus areas.

To facilitate the implementation of fiscal year 2024 PAMANA projects and in recognition of the significant role of local government units in peacebuilding, the OPAPRU partnered with the city local government of Baguio for the implementation of the PAMANA project in its area jurisdiction.

“We are looking forward to a very strong partnership and collaboration with regards to this joint venture and that is, the construction of a peace and development center, the first of its kind in Northern Luzon. I also heard that there would be more peace and development centers that will be put up in other parts of this country,” Magalong said.

Recognition of Cordillera’s key role in peacebuilding

For his part, Secretary Galvez said the the peace center shall serve as a concrete symbol of OPAPRU’s recognition of the Cordillera Administrative Region’s “key role in peacebuilding that is deeply rooted in its rich culture and traditions such as the Bodong system, Pechen, Tung-Tong and Mediation.”

“This facility will not only house OPAPRU personnel, but more importantly, enable our office to make its presence more felt here in the region. Through the center, we will ensure that all local peace and development efforts will be well-monitored, well-coordinated and well-supported by OPAPRU through its close collaboration with other stakeholders in the region,” Galvez said.

He added that the physical presence of OPAPRU in the city will also help increase the people’s awareness of the agency, which is dedicated to promoting peace, conflict resolution, reconciliation, and the prevention of violence in the region.

The center, which has a 3,775 sqm floor area, will also serve as an avenue for the conduct of peace dialogues, capacity and skills training, women and youth peace and security seminars, and the practice of conflict resolution approaches that originated in the Cordillera.

Galvez was joined by LGen. Fernyl Buca, PAF, Commander of Armed Forces of the Philippines-Northern Luzon; MGen. Audrey L. Pasia, Commander of 5th Infantry Division; PAMANA Director J Anthony Peña and Dir. Christina Loren Umali of the RPA-ABB and CBA-CPLA Concerns Office. While Mayor Magalong was joined by Baguio City Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan and other councilors of the city during the ceremonial groundbreaking and MOA signing. ###

By |2024-02-22T15:48:01+08:00February 19th, 2024|CBA-CPLA, News, PAMANA|0 Comments

Master Development Plan to transform Camp Abubakar into show window of peace and dev’t launched

BARIRA, MAGUINDANAO (23 JANUARY 2024) — The Master Development Plan for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) Camp Abubakar was officially launched and signed on Tuesday, January 23, at the 1st Marine Brigade headquarters in Brgy. Tugaig, Barira, Maguindanao del Norte, marking another major milestone in the Bangsamoro peace process. (more…)

By |2024-01-25T19:24:58+08:00January 25th, 2024|MILF, News, PAMANA|0 Comments

Galvez: 2023, a very fulfilling year for the PH peace process

MANILA – Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) Sec. Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. described 2023 as a “banner year” for the comprehensive Philippine peace process, which is a testament of the Marcos administration’s unwavering commitment to realizing its peace agenda for the nation. 

“Major milestones have been achieved in the comprehensive Philippine peace process under the Marcos administration’s Five-Point Peace, Reconciliation and Unity agenda,” Galvez highlighted in his year-end meeting with OPAPRU executives and personnel.  (more…)

By |2023-12-28T19:45:53+08:00December 28th, 2023|CBA-CPLA, CPP-NPA-NDF, Marawi, MILF, MNLF, NAPWPS, NAPWPS, News, OPAPRU, PAMANA, RPM-P/RPA/ABB|0 Comments

No place too far; over 900 IPs in CARAGA’s farthest villages benefit from Php 1.4B worth of PAMANA road projects

CABADBARAN CITY – Members of the Mamanwa and Manobo tribes here in Sitio Lusong, this city, no longer have to walk for hours under the scorching heat of the sun to reach the main roads, transport their produce to markets and access essential government services. (more…)

By |2023-08-11T15:57:59+08:00August 1st, 2023|PAMANA, PAMANA|0 Comments

OPAPRU, DPWH to turnover 10 road projects worth P1.4B to aid conflict-vulnerable areas in CARAGA

MANILA — The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will turnover 10 road projects in Caraga Region worth PhP 1.440-billion on Friday, July 28, 2023. (more…)

By |2023-08-11T15:15:36+08:00July 24th, 2023|News, PAMANA|0 Comments

Marcos administration determined to sustain the gains of peace – Peace Adviser

PASIG CITY – The Marcos Administration is determined to continue building on the gains of the comprehensive Philippine peace process, sustaining its momentum, and pushing forward the implementation of all signed peace agreements. 

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By |2023-07-21T10:41:57+08:00July 12th, 2023|MILF, MNLF, News, OPAPRU, PAMANA|0 Comments

Galvez thanks Rep. Salceda for supporting Marcos admin’s peace agenda

PASIG CITY – Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity Sec. Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. on Friday, July 7, thanked Albay Rep. Joey Salcedo for supporting the Marcos Administration’s peace agenda.

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By |2023-07-07T20:11:11+08:00July 8th, 2023|News, PAMANA|0 Comments

OPAPRU’s PAMANA Program: Empowering communities, one road and one bridge at a time

SILVINO LUBOS, NORTHERN SAMAR — The PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) Program, which is under the oversight of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU), and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) inaugurated the Php238 million Mondragon-Silvino Lubos roadway and bridge project here on Friday, June 16, 2023.

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By |2023-06-28T00:59:33+08:00June 16th, 2023|News, PAMANA|0 Comments

PAMANA turns over motorized boats to Bangsamoro fishermen

BABAK, ISLAND GARDEN CITY OF SAMAL – Thirty members of a Bangsamoro fishermen’s group and their families expect to significantly raise their incomes with the help of motorized fishing boats provided under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program.

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By |2023-01-26T09:25:59+08:00January 17th, 2023|News, PAMANA|0 Comments
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