ARMM rolls out focal convergence strategy in Lanao del Sur
Marawi City (13 August 2014) – Regional and local officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) met Tuesday in in this city to roll out the focal convergence system approach in Lanao del Sur province.
Laisa Masuhud Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, presided the meeting that was attended by the provincial heads of different ARMM agencies and the newly appointed ARMM convergence focal person for Lanao del Sur – Assistant Secretary Amenodin Cali.
ARMM’s focal convergence system is designed to bring the ARMM government closer to people in the grassroots and optimize inter-agency collaboration in the implementation of government programs and projects in the region.
Alamia said the meeting included discussions of the status of cluster approach strategy in the province and challenges that can be worked out with the introduction of the focal convergence system.
She said the regional government wants to harmonize development interventions on the ground. “The focal convergence strategy allows us to focus on high impact projects that are doable.”
For his part, Amenodin Cali said the system has put together ARMM agencies and establishes a process for better delivery of services.
“Under the bandwagon of reform, we duty bearers are bound to put things together, this is one big challenge for all of us,” he said.
The focal convergence system clusters regional line agencies along the following development areas: good governance and anti-corruption, peace, justice and transition, economic, human development and anti-poverty, and the Humanitarian Emergency Action Response Team (ARMM-HEART).
A focal person with a designation of regional assistant secretary has been assigned in each ARMM province, which includes Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi, to coordinate the implementation of ARMM programs and projects in the area. (Bureau of Public Information)