P22-M road, water projects for conflict-prone Maasin village

By Cindy Ferrer

February 3, 2018, 2:25 pm

ILOILO CITY -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to implement PHP22 million worth of projects in Barangay Subog, Maasin, Iloilo through its Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program.

DILG-Iloilo director Teodora Sumagaysay said the Provincial Peace and Order Council would create a sub-technical technical working group that would manage the implementation of the project in the area.

PAMANA is the government’s flagship program for peace and development that aims, among others, to improve socio-economic conditions in areas affected and vulnerable to armed conflict.

Sumagaysay said these projects include road improvement amounting to PHP12 million, and water systems amounting to PHP10 million.

She added that the fund had already been downloaded by the DILG to the provincial government.
The recipient village in Maasin town was identified by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).
Sumagaysay said the projects, once completed, would help the villagers gain access to water and make the transport of their harvest easier.

However, the deadline for the completion of the projects to be started this year has not been confirmed.

It can be recalled that several incidents of armed conflict took place in Maasin last year, one of which was when several of members of the New People’s Army (NPA) attacked the municipal police station in June 2017.

Last Nov. 24, an unidentified number of NPA rebels ambushed members of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion of the Western Visayas Police in Sitio Camansi, Barangay Bolo that led to the death of Police Officer I Joeffel Odon with 12 other policemen wounded. (PNA)