MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, March 7 (PIA) --- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government is embarking on series of efforts aimed at providing the upcoming Bangsamoro government a smooth transition of power even as it continues to implement the reform agenda it started more than two years ago.
During its first regional Cabinet meeting held in Lamitan City Tuesday, March 4, ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman reiterated its earlier instruction to its regional officials that line agencies including its workforce, employees should device mechanisms that will help in the transition stage.
“We are laying down the foundation. We want to make sure that we are very much ready when the official turnover comes and we know that whatever we are doing now in the ARMM government will be useful when the new Bangsamoro government sets in,” Hataman said.
The ARMM Cabinet meeting also tackled the accomplishments of the line departments for the first two months of the year.
Hataman cited the improved investment climate in the region with record-breaking investments for 2013 and for the first two months of the year.
The ARMM’s Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) recently reported an approved P1.451billion worth of investments for the 1st quarter of this year.
“This is a record for the region, since it is almost the same as the total amount of investments registered with the board in 2013, which stood at P1.463 billion by the end of year,” said RBOI chairman and managing head Ishak Mastura, who presented during the Cabinet meeting other interested investors in the region for 2014.
Mastura reiterated that there is also the contributing factor of governance reforms in ARMM and the “hands-on” investment promotion initiated by the Hataman administration convincing local investors that the autonomous region is serious about wooing and securing investors to expand their operations or to set-up new enterprises in the region.
For the region’s education sector, Secretary Jamar Kulayan said that it targets to address the problem on classroom gaps by 2016.
“This is unprecedented,” Hataman said referring to a number of accomplishments by his administration.
Meanwhile, lawyer Anwar Malang, secretary of the region’s Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said that it held on March 3 in Isabela City, its first ARMM Barangay Summit on Governance, Peace and Development.
Malang said the summit was attended by more than 200 barangay executives across the province of Basilan. “This is our first batch and we are looking at implementing this in the remaining four provinces of the region,” he said.
For her part, ARMM Executive Secretary Laisa Masuhud-Alamia said that the current ARMM administration wants to capacitate more local government units which she noted will play a crucial role in the success of the proposed autonomous political entity.
Chief-of-staff Amihilda Sangcopan of the Office of the Regional Governor who is in charge of the region’s flagship program on education, health and livelihood, said that ARMM is currently conducting screening process for deserving beneficiaries of the said project.
May 'K' ka sa ARMM is a direct assistance program of the ARMM under the leadership of Gov. Mujiv Hataman. K stands for Karunungan (education) Kalusugan (health) at Kabuhayan (livelihood.
Sangcopan said that the scholarship component is already on its second phase and that it targets to benefit thousands of deserving students. (Sheila May Dela Cruz/Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/PIA-10)
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, March 6 (PIA) --- Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala distributed farm equipment and livestock to farmers in the province to improve their productivity.
He was accompanied by officials from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in the turn-over ceremony held at the Provincial Capitol grounds on Friday, February 28.
Alcala turned-over a four-wheel farm tractor costing P2.3 million to the local government unit (LGU) of Bumbaran and one corn mill each to Binidayan, Balindong, Calanogas and Marogong LGUs.
He also distributed 10 heads of carabao to 10 farmers’ cooperatives in Ditsaan-Ramain, Tamparan, Tugaya, Bubong, Maguing, and Marawi City and 20 heads of goat to two farmers’ cooperatives in Kapai town and another two in Marawi City.
Fifty units of knapsack sprayer were also given to farmer leaders in the province while 130 bags of organic fertilizer were handed out to three cooperatives from Wao, Saguiaran and Bubong.
Aside from that, Alcala also handed checks to the LGU of Ditsaan-Ramain, Taraka, Sultan Dumalondong, Piagapo, Calanogas, Bumbaran and Balindong amounting to P40 million for agricultural projects under the bottoms-up budgeting (BUB) process. (APB/PIA-10)
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, March 5 (PIA) --- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) provincial office conducted a general orientation for barangay officials in Marantao town with the theme Grassroots, Renewal and Empowerment for Accountable and Transparent (GREAT) Barangay.
The orientation, held at C & D function room from March 2-3, was part of the department’s Barangay Newly-Elected Officials (BNEO) Program to equip barangay officials with the needed knowledge and skills in the performance of their mandated duties and responsibilities.
Under the program, newly-elected and re-elected barangay officials will undergo orientation on barangay governance.
Lawyer Paisal Sani, DILG OIC-Provincial Director, said the main objective of the BNEO program is to make local governments functional and the elected local leaders to exercise good governance.
Sani said DILG has already conducted the same orientation to half of the 40 local governments in the province. According to him, their next stop will be in the municipality of Pualas.
Meanwhile, lectures and discussions during the two-day orientation included the barangay organizational structure and barangay governance administration; barangay local legislation; barangay budget; barangay finance/revenues; and barangay development plan, among others.
The municipality of Marantao has 34 barangays. (APB/PIA-10)
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, March 5 (PIA) --- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has given away 100 sanitary packages to ward section patients of Amai Pakpak Medical Center (APMC) here.
The hospital visitation and distribution of sanitary packages was one of the activities lined-up during the 19th PhilHealth anniversary celebration last February 14 anchored on the theme “Benepisyong PhilHealth, Alamin at Gamitin.”
Accordingly, APMC was chosen as the beneficiary for the visitation because numerous patients confined there were PhilHealth members enrolled under the indigent program.
Other activities during the celebration were motorcade around the city’s main thoroughfare and a press conference to update members of the media on the new policies of PhilHealth such as the expanded benefit packages.
Heads of Philhealth-ARMM Benefit Section (BAS), Membership Section (MS), and Legal Services Office (LSO) were present during the conference to shed light on the recent issues affecting the integrity of PhilHealth. (Bamra D. Ampaso/PhilHealth-ARMM/PIA-10)
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, March 4 (PIA) --- Hundreds of officials and employees in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) marched early Monday, March 3, in celebration of this year’s Women’s Month with the theme “Babae, ang Tatag Mo, ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong.”
In the opening program following the parade, Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW) chairperson Jehan Mutin said series of activities are all geared up for this month.
She said apart from the kick-off ceremony, women’s sports fest, dance sport exhibition, livelihood trainings and symposia.
Site validation of the proposed Regional Women Peace Center will also be conducted.
Provincial counterpart’s will also complement the regional celebration with entrepreneurial training, gender-based activities that includes assessment and review of the Localization of National Action Plan (LNAP).
LNAP held the primacy of peace and non-violence in a just and gender responsive society.
Meanwhile, Samira Gutoc-Tomawis, former women representative of the 7th Regional Legislative Assembly, urged the public to reject all forms of gender biases and renew vow for rights protection and empowerment.
ARMM is keen on the advancement of women and rights. As of December of last year, the 8th Legislative Assembly had adopted Resolution No. 602 expressing full support to RCBW crusade to end violence against women.
The national Women’s Month is observed and celebrated on March of every year by virtue of Presidential Proclamation Nos. 224 and 227 and Republic Act 6949. The celebration highlights recognition of women’s resiliency, strength and contributions to nation building. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM/APB/PIA)