MANILA - The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) insisted the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) it received was not used for lawlessness.
In a statement, OPAPP Undersecretary Maria Cleofe Gettie Sandoval admitted the agency received DAP funds but “it is malicious to say that it was used to fund lawlessness in the Cordilleras in the form of human rights abuses.”
Of the P1.819 billion DAP allotted to the OPAPP, P208 million was used to support the implementation of the provisions of the Memorandum of Agreement signed between the government and the Cordillera Bodong Administration (CBA)-Cordillera People's Liberation Army (CPLA) in 2011.
These include the the groups' transformation into an unarmed, socio-economic organization; final disposition of arms and forces; economic reintegration of profiled CPLA members; community development; and inter-municipal and inter-barangay development projects.
The CPLA is now a legal and socio-economic entity called Cordillera Forum for Peace and Development.
As part of the socio-economic integration component of the agreement, OPAPP said the DAP covered livelihood projects, employment as forest guards or as integree into AFP, farm-to-market roads, water systems, communal irrigation systems, and community infrastructures among others through the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program.