THE PHILIPPINES GOVERNMENT'S PROGRAM AND FRAMEWORK FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT
PAMANA (PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn) is the national government's program and framework for peace and development. It is implemented in areas affected by conflict and communities covered by existing peace agreements.
A complementary track to peace negotiations, the Program’s main strategy is to bring back government to PAMANA Areas, ensuring that the communities benefit from improved delivery of basic social services and are served by responsive, transparent and accountable government units.
For the period of 2011-2016, PAMANA will be implemented in 48 provinces where each area will receive development programs according to the specific needs of the people residing in that region.
The objectives of the PAMANA program are as follows:
1. Reduce poverty and vulnerability in conflict-affected areas through sustainable rural development, community infrastructure and focused delivery of social services;
2. Improve governance through partnerships with national and local institutions, building capacities for governance, and enhancement of transparency and accountability mechanisms; and,
3. Empower communities and strengthen their capacity to address issues of conflict and peace through activities that promote social cohesion.
The PAMANA framework is anchored on three complementary strategic pillars that define core interventions to achieve lasting peace.
Pillar I: Laying the foundation for peace through policy reform and legislative action.
Development interventions shall also be pushed in housing, ancestral domain, banking, and in other areas (e.g. IDP shelter assistance, mining/timber licensing agreements in IP areas)
Pillar II: Facilitating delivery of basic services at the community level through community driven development and community livelihood interventions.
This aspect shapes families and communities by concentrating on health, education and livelihood programs (e.g. community driven development [CDD) programs, such as Kalahi CIDSS, DAR-ARC).
Pillar III: Addressing sub-regional challenges, including constraints to regional economic development and economic integration of developing areas with the more progressive areas, and inter-regional connectivity improvements.
This includes investing on agri-industrial enterprises, coastal development initiatives, and infrastructure (e.g. road networks, electrification, post harvest facilities, farm-to-market roads).