BASILAN – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Government has reached out to remote strife-torn Barangay Cambug of Al Barka town here for the launching of its program ARMM-H.E.L.P.S. Convergence on February 7 this year.
ARMM-H.E.L.P.S which stands for Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance, and Synergy is the flagship development program of the ARMM under Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman in its effort to bring governance and its services closer to the people. The convergence aims to address basic social issues and concerns stemming from poverty.
With its implementing body which includes all bureaus, agencies, and departments in ARMM, the said program aims to increase services on health, give access to quality education, improve livelihood programs, implement transparency in government, and strengthen peace and security in the region.
Led by Governor Hataman, ARMM officials and workers travelled on trucks traversing mostly rough roads to barangay Cambug in about 20 minutes, and 15 more minutes by boat.
The launching of the program was participated in by government officials and different sectors in the community. Conspicuously present were Congressman Jim S. Hataman of Basilan, Provincial Governor Jum K. Akbar, Basilan Vice-Governor Al-Rasheed Sakkalahul, Al-Barka Mayor Mohammad Kabukisan, Brgy. Captain Edris Asnawie, Hji. Dan Asnawie, who represented the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Ustadz Minjam Muallamin, representing the Moro National Liberation Front (MILF), heads and staff members of participating agencies, beneficiaries, and the Regional Governor Hataman. (Zacarnain M. Acmad-ADA-ARMM, Saida O. Ali-DOH-ARMM, Mohammed Mustapha-DTI-ARMM with the support of Nash Maulana, Director-BPI ARMM)