ARMM government renews commitment to implement reform agenda, holds strategic planning workshop
COTABATO CITY — In line with its goal of pursuing the reform initiatives anchored on the three key pillars of good governance, peace and security and socioeconomic development, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao held a three-day (July 19-21, 2013) strategic planning workshop at the Development Academy of the Philippines in Tagaytay City.
Around 150 regional officials and key representatives from the civil society groups have attended the three-day planning aimed at enhancing the culture of results-oriented performance and effective and efficient planning.
Sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the strategic planning was facilitated by DAP, an institution tasked to assist in the country’s development efforts. ARMM Regional Vice Governor Haroun Al Rashid Lucman, in his opening message, said that DAP has been an active conduit of the regional government in terms of capacity-building.
“Since the election of 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.
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 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.
ARMM Governor Mujiv 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.(BPI)