The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) gathered ARMM regional and local officials during a Mindanao-leg of its consultation-series on the mid-term updating of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) at the Al-Nor Convention Center in Cotabato City on April 24, 2013.
The PDP consultation-series across the country’s 16 regions, including the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is essential part of NEDA’s mandates under President Aquino’s Memorandum Circular No. 43, dated February 4, 2013.
Engineer Baintan Adil-Ampatuan, Executive Director of the Regional Planning and Development Office, said the consultation-series was specifically spearheaded by the six Planning Committees (PCs) organized by NEDA, being the government’s leading policy and plan formulating executive agency, in efforts at updating the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and the revalidation of the Results Matrix (RM), as well as the Public Investment Program (PIP) for 2014-2016.
This collective process of updating plans and matrix revalidation also aims to generate comments, issues and recommendations on the draft report prepared by the Planning Committees, according to officials.
From both government and private sectors particularly among the development stakeholders, more than a hundred participants took part in the activity. Representatives from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) also attended and presented the authority’s Mindanaowide development thrusts containing development priorities of the six Mindanao regions including the ARMM.
Atty. Anwar A. Malang, then Executive Secretary stressed the need for a national government support to efforts in upgrading the Polloc Port, it being the nucleus of development initiatives leading to agri-Industrial expansion in the ARMM.
The strategic position of the Autonomous Regional Government (ARG) in the peace and security issues in Mindanao must also be given preferential consideration in the PDP, considering the role of the ARMM in its own eventual transformation to a New Autonomous Political Entity – the new Bangsamoro Region as provided under the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) which was signed between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Driving impetus into proposed PDP inputs from the ARMM were provided by the six Planning Committees on Economic Development, Infrastructure Development, Security, Justice and Peace, Good Governance and Anti-Corruption, Human Development and Poverty, and Climate Change and Adaptation.
The Regional Planning and Development Office facilitated and provided secretariat support in the overall management of the activity.