ARMM holds first regional planners’ congress
Cotabato City (05 March 2015) – Planners from the different regional line agencies and the 118 municipalities of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao have gathered for a two-day congress in this city to draw up mechanisms that will strengthen the collaborations between government agencies in the region.
Dubbed as the first ARMM Planner’s Congress, the activity started Wednesday and will conclude today.
The planners are expected to help formalize the institutionalization of a regional and local planning and budgeting mechanism that will ensure wider participation of stakeholders in the identification of regional programs.
The regional government said this will advance good governance and efficient public service.
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman emphasized the role of planners in the region’s development and urged them to draft plans that focus on the need of their constituents.
“Ang isang epektibong pamamahala ay nakabatay sa epektibong pagpaplano, at ang epektibong pagpaplano ay nakabatay sa partisipasyon ng lahat,” he said.
“Bahagi ng ating simumpaan na magsilbi sa ating mga kababayan kaya ang plano natin ay dapat para sa ating mamamayan at hindi para sa iilan,” he added.
Lawyer Laisa Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, said the contribution of the participants in the congress will greatly affect the future of the upcoming Bangsamoro Government.
“The participation of the planners mean they are going to be part of the whole plan and future of the ARMM that will later become the Bangsamoro Government,” she said.
The result of the congress will help revalidate and update the priority programs listed in ARMM’s Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP). It is also expected to capture recent development priorities and nationally funded projects being handled by regional line agencies and their provincial counterparts.
The consolidated output will be presented to Local Chief Executives in the forthcoming 3rd Local Government Unit (LGU) Summit on the third week of this month where major issues needing regional action and further validation will also be discussed.
The activity was spearheaded by the Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO) in partnership with the Office of the Regional Governor (ORG), Department of Internal and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH). (Bureau of Public Information)