December 9, Zamboanga City – The Act for Peace Programme released the initial amount of P1-M to WMSU-Center for Peace and Development, its resource partner for the rehabilitation of the Eleven Islands, eastward of the Sirummon Islands this city.
The P1-M represents 50% of the P2.27-M project fund alloted by the Act for Peace Programme to WMSU-CPD and the Reach Out to Others Foundation (ROOF, Inc.) according to VP for Research, Extension and Development Dr. Grace J. Rebollos.
The cheque of P1-M was turned over by Act for Peace Programme Manager Ms. Diosita Andot to WMSU President Dr. Eldigario D. Gonzales, following the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The signatories were: Sec. Jesus Dureza, OPAPP, Dr. Eldigario D. Gonzales, WMSU President, Dr. Grace J. Rebollos, VP for Research Extension & Development. The witnesses to the signing of the MOA were: Mr. James Abdul, Area Manager for ACT for Peace Programme and 2006 Peaceweaver Awardee Dr. Rufina A. Cruz & Ms. Marissa L. Makasiar – CDIC, Dr. Marcelina Carpizo – CPD.
According to Rebollos, the MOA spelled out the three components for the rehabilitation program and the stakeholders involved. The three components are: the Livelihood Component, which covers skills training on boat-making, small fishing opeartion and sea craft for fish carrier cum public transportation; the Coastal Resource Management Component, which includes the construction of Community Health Station with facilities and the installation of level-2 water system project.
The WMSU-Center for Peace and Development will coordinate and mobilize support among concerned stakeholders. The university will conduct consultation and project coordination with the beneficiary community to level -off roles and responsibilities for every project. (Rufina A. Cruz / Marissa L. Makasiar, WMSU-CDIC)