ARMM officials undergo DAP, JICA planning workshop PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 July 2013 11:24

Officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao — in line with their reform initiatives anchored on good governance, peace and security, and socio-economic development — held from July 19 to 21 an extensive strategic planning workshop at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) in Tagaytay City.

More than a hundred ARMM officials and key representatives from the civil society groups attended the three-day planning, aimed at enhancing the culture of “results-oriented performance” and effective and efficient planning of regional development initiatives.

The activity was sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and facilitated by DAP.

ARMM’s vice governor,  Haroun Al Rashid Lucman, in a message during the start of the three-event, said that DAP has been an active conduit of the regional government in terms of capacity-building.

“Since the election of Regional Govvernor Hataman, the two institutions also worked together in the marathon selection process for cabinet positions and other executive posts in the region last June 29 to July 1, 2013,” Lucman said, referring to DAP and JICA.

For his part, Antonio D. Kalaw Jr., DAP’s president said that it is not the first time that the institution is working with ARMM.

“But the revitalization of DAP’s involvement in ARMM happened under the watch of the Hon. Mujiv Hataman. Early on in his appointment as OIC-Regional Governor in December 2011, the Academy provided transition management assistance to his transition team,” he said.

He said that in July 2012, the Japan International Cooperation Agency also invited them to facilitate the Project Formulation Workshop for the ARMM Human Capacity Development Program.

“We all know that the next two-and-a-half years are crucial for the region. In light of the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the ARMM Regional Government has the daunting task of expanding and deepening the reforms it has initiated, while preparing the ground for a smooth transition to the Bangsamoro entity,” said Kalaw.

Hataman underscored the importance of preparing the regional government for the new Bangsamoro entity.

“Our vision from the very start is to have a functioning regional government that is responsive to the needs of our people,” he said. “All of our efforts today are geared towards having a more progressive and peaceful Bangsamoro.”

At the end of the three-day planning workshop, participants are expected to produce the following outputs: Development of convergence programs for 2013, and specific department commitments to purport the reform agenda of the ARMM government.