A BILATERAL agreement will infuse more institutional and human development programs into a new partnership between the autonomous region and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), officials have said.
Over the weekend, Prof. Edgardo Ramirez, head of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Development Academy (ADA), said a package under the expanded ARMM-JICA partnership also includes support to operational activation of the ARMM-Japan Friendship Hall at the ARMM Government Complex here.
Ramirez said this developed as ARMM Governor Mujiv S. Hataman and Mr. Takahiro Sasaki, JICA chief representative to the Philippines, bilaterally approved and signed the Minutes of the May 31, 2013 Meeting on a three-year undertaking called Comprehensive Capacity Development Program for the Autonomous Regional Government (CCDP-ARG).
Executive Director Baintan A. Ampatuan of the Regional Planning Office said the CCDP-ARG will be implemented in three years, from June 2013 to June 2016.
She said CCDP-ARG is also envisaged to hasten and effectuate the implementation of convergent program-based projects under the ARMM-HELPS (Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance, and Synergy), the regional government’s flagship development program.
The officials said a program framework had been crafted in order to strengthen the region’s human resources and improve the delivery of service.
Governor Hataman said the coverage of the program will initially include the assessment of current road maintenance services, and industry promotion for the region’s agricultural products.
The “road maintenance assessment” component will also include training under a capacity- building program designed for the Department of Public Works and Highways in the ARMM, Directors Ampatuan and Ramirez said.
The “local industry promotion” component will commence with identifying viable market clustering for ARMM agricultural products and initiate corresponding cluster plans and implementation strategies, the two officials said.
Soon, a Project Coordination Committee (PCC) will be organized to be composed of the following offices: 1) The Office of the Regional Governor (ORG), as its chair; and with 1) Administrative Management Office (AMS)-ORG, 2) Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO), 3) concerned regional departments, 4) ARMM Development Academy (ADA), Offices of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) experts, and 5) representative of the JICA Philippine Office, as members.
Under the signed minutes of the meeting, a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) will constitute an interagency support team to the PCC. The PCC is tasked to 1) approve and Project plans, 2) review overall progress of the Project, 3) review and exchange views on major issues arising from the Project, and 4) recommend and request necessary actions to the organizations concerned.
The two officials said that a Project Manager will work under the PCC and closely, with implementing agencies. (RPDOARMM-IO with NBM)