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By Ali Macabalang

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) has warned the public to be wary of individuals or groups posing as “middlemen or negotiators” for fast-tracked access of clientele to funds for projects under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA).

OPAPP Logo (PAMANA | Manila Buletin).

Several millions if not billions of pesos have been appropriated this year for various projects under the PAMANA, one of centerpiece national programs supervised by the OPAPP.

“It has come to our attention that some individuals/groups represent OPAPP and its officers to negotiate for PAMANA projects. PAMANA…is our development program for conflict-affected and fragile communities. We’d like to remind everyone that OPAPP does not send middlemen or negotiators to have access or to avail projects,” the agency said in a statement furnished to media outlets Thursday.

The agency asked clients to convey relevant information to OPAPP’s email address opapp.osec@gmail.com or text/call ‎‎‎+63 917-118-0001.

It urged clients to “inquire on status and details about PAMANA projects” from the National Program Management Office at ‎‎‎+632 636-0701 local 847, text/call ‎‎+63 917-638-1755 or email pamananpmo2017@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, some advocates of good governance urged the public to help monitor the implementation stages or status of PAMANA projects allocated this year for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

One of the advocates furnished the Manila Bulletin a copy of documents from the Department of Budget and Management purportedly updated on July 28, 2016 and showing P567,822,500 budget allotted for PAMANA livelihood projects intended for Moro National Liberation Front communities in Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur this year.

 

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