Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda to be launched in ARMM
Cotabato City (October 28, 2016) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will launch a program dubbed Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda (CRDA) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Saturday, October 29.
In a press statement from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the program will help uplift the lives of the residents in the region and other conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.
Areas that will benefit from CRDA are the towns of Jolo (Sulu), Bongao (Tawi-Tawi), and Marawi City (Lanao del Sur), as well as the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.
Aside from ARMM areas, other beneficiaries of the initiative are:
Region 9 – Zamboanga City, Ipil (Zamboanga Sibugay), and Pagadian (Zamboanga del Sur);
Region 10 – Tubod (Lanao del Norte) and Lanao del Norte province; and, Region 12 – Isulan (Sultan Kudarat) and the cities Kidapawan (North Cotabato), Koronadal (South Cotabato) and General Santos City.
Among the programs, projects, and services covered by CRDA are scholarships from TESDA and from the Commission on Higher Education; water projects from the Department of the Interior and Local Government; agricultural machinery, equipment and seedling from the Department of Agriculture; banca, fishing gear and gill nets from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources; supplemental feeding from the Department of Social Welfare and Development; opportunities under the Special Programs and Employment of Students beneficiaries of the Department of Labor and Employment; and distribution of PhilHealth cards.
TESDA Director General Guiling Mamondiong said he has been tasked by the President to coordinate with other agencies in resolving poverty and hunger in Mindanao. The President earlier urged various government agencies to submit measures on how to ease hunger and poverty in Mindanao.
TESDA is a government agency in charge of making vocational and technical skills training available nationwide. Its objective is to develop a trained workforce thereby providing young Filipinos a better chance at finding employment. TESDA is also one of the 12 government agencies on the forefront of the fight against poverty. (Bureau of Public Information)