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Senate approves OPAPP’s 2012 budget

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The Senate approved on Thursday the P 240 million budget earmarked by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) for year 2012.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles related that the deliberation for OPAPP only took 15 minutes. “I am grateful towards the Senate for considering our position and approving our proposed budget quickly.”

Deles stated that her agency’s 2012 budget has been reduced from the initial proposed budget of P569 million. “The P329 million, allocated for PAMANA or Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan program, has been taken out of the OPAPP budget and lumped in one fund source under the Department of Budget and Management. This will then be accessed by the implementing agencies such as the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). ”

She said the move was proposed recently by Senator Franklin Drilon, chair of the Senate Committee on Finance.

“But even without the PAMANA budget allocation, OPAPP will still carry out its oversight and monitoring functions for PAMANA,” Deles added.

Under Executive Order 3, OPAPP is charged with the management and supervision of the peace process. The peace adviser has the authority to coordinate and integrate all efforts to advance the peace agenda.

Deles explained that of the P240 million OPAPP regular budget, P50 million has been apportioned for the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and P23 million for peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, P10 million has been allotted for operations related to the closure tracks with the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army and Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa-Pilipinas-Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade, while another P 10 million for the peace process with the Moro National Liberation Front.

Further, P55 million has been earmarked for personnel services, while P92 million for maintenance and other operation expenditures of OPAPP units.

Deles said that the OPAPP 2012 budget is yet to undergo deliberation by the bicameral conference committee for ratification.

By OPAPP/PIA9-ZBST




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