MANILA — The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp) on Tuesday said that the 1.14 billion in public funds for the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) was well accounted for.
Pamana is the government’s peace and development program dedicated to war-torn communities and is mainly funded by the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Opapp assured the public that the “entire P1.14 billion had been used to benefit” residents of conflict-affected and conflict-vulnerable communities.
“[The] utilization of funds started late in 2013, as the use of these funds was stopped in late 2012 during the Supreme Court’s deliberations on the case regarding the [DAP],” Opapp Assistant Secretary for Programs on the Bangsamaro Howard Cafugauan said in a statement.
This, according to the department, was the reason why some of the liquidation reports were incomplete by the end of 2013.
The Commission on Audit indicated on its report that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) failed to implement two projects under Pamana on time.
Cafugauan explained that in order to avoid controversy, AFP did not use the funds which were still at the military.
“Funds that are not being used, such as the P250 million given to the AFP for the use of its Engineering Brigade for road repairs and construction in Maguindanao, are due to the implementing agency’s decision, to ensure [that] no controversy would affect the project because they are meant to benefit [conflict-affected] communities. The funds remain intact with the AFP, as of press time,” Cafugauan said.