OFFICIALS should collectively chart the course of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to the future of the Bangsamoro homeland as a major issue in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) consultation-series.
Then Executive Secretary Anwar A. Malang made this challenge to officials gathered into the First Regional Economic and Development Planning Board (REDPB) quadripartite meeting on April 23, 2013 at the Al-Nor Convention Center in Cotabato City.
The Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO) co-hosted the meeting with the Office of the Regional Governor. Under the ARMM charter (RA 9054) RPDO serves as the REDPB technical secretariat.
Malang said participants should delve deeper into intellectual foresights to draw the future of the ARMM or the Bangsamoro Homeland in such forums as PDP consultation-series and REDPB meetings.
The meeting was a venue for the four REDPB Sectoral Committees (RDAC on Peace and Security and Governance, REDC on Economic Development, RSDC on Social Development, and RIDC on Infrastructure Development) to assess varying status of each sector’s programs and projects implementation. The committees have also set their agenda on: 1) PDP Consultation; 2) Assessment of ARMM HELPS Convergence; 3) Sabah Issues and Updates; and 4) other specific sectoral agenda for consideration of the REDPB.
Malang set an optimistic tone, in his opening remarks on one of the activity agenda, saying: “I hope that through the PDP Consultation, the regional government could have one big project for ARMM.”
He also cited the importance of Polloc Port as the nucleus of future development efforts on agri-industrial economic expansion.
Presenting the overview of the activity, RPDO Executive Director, Engr. Baintan Adil-Ampatuan, CSEE, explained that President Aquino’s Memorandum Circular No. 43, dated February 4, 2013,mandates National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to lead the regional PD consultation-series in updating of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and in revalidating of Results Matrix (RM) for 2014-2016 development plans.
“It is not merely the plan of NEDA or of RPDO, but it is the agencies plans that need to be assessed, considered and included in the PDP midterm update,” she pointed out.
Essentially, she said, each committee would have to thoroughly review PDP chapters on assessment, challenges, strategic framework and results matrix.
She posed this challenge to the participants: “Ipakitanatinna kaya natingtapatanangibangregion.”