ARMM to hold 3rd LGU summit Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Cotabato City (November 28, 2016) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will conduct the 3rd Local Government Unit (LGU) Summit geared towards regional development, from November 30 to December 1 in Davao City.
Sharifa Pearlsia A. Dans, assistant regional secretary of the ARMM’s Interior and Local Government department (DILG-ARMM) said President Rodrigo Duterte will be the summit’s guest of honor.
“President Duterte, during his visit here at the region’s seat, reiterated that he will personally handle the ARMM,” Dans said.
A total of 116 municipal mayors with their planning officers, two city mayors, five provincial governors, and members of the 9th regional legislative assembly are expected to participate in the two-day summit.
To be held in coordination with the DILG national office, this year’s summit carries the theme “Pagkamulat, Pagbabago, Pag-Unlad”.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio of Davao City is expected to be present during the summit’s opening program. “The two-day event is actually a development summit, the activities which are dialogues and workshops are geared towards development,” Dans said.
The summit will be a venue to facilitate dialogue on current issues at the local level and secure the commitment of the LGUs in improving or scaling up their good governance standing and eventually to initiate plans for national and regional programs prioritization.
To set the tone of the summit on the first day, ARMM Executive Secretary Laisa Alamia will discuss the region’s development framework, followed by the state of local governance that will be delivered by DILG-ARMM Secretary Atty. Noor Hafizullah Abdullah.
There will also be a presentation of ARMM and Local Development Investment Program for the year 2017 as well as workshops on priority programs, activities, and projects.
Local chief executives will also have dialogues with officials of national government agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, Department of Public Works and Highways, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment, and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.
President Duterte and DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno are expected to be present on the second day of the summit. The President, as the guest of honor, will deliver his keynote address.
“Since it is the first time that the president is handling the ARMM, we look forward to more local chief executives who would be aligned with the administration in terms of development,” Dans said. (Bureau of Public Information)