RPDO takes part in DSWD-ARMM's Capacity Building Orientation

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RPDO takes part in DSWD-ARMM's Capacity Building Orientation The Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO-ARMM) provided technical assistance to the DSWD-ARMM during the conduct of Capacity Building Orientation on Database Management and Maintenance and Launching of DSWD-ARMM Official Website on May 6, 2015 at the Golden Lace Fine Dining, Macapagal Street, Cotabato City.

Ms. Rahima Datumanong-Alba, Assistant Secretary for Operations/DSWD-ARMM Website Manager said that the primary objective of the activity was to institutionalize database management in enhancing and strengthening the DSWD website.

Mr. Abdulrahman A. Kara, RPDO Information Officer shared inputs on the General idea of Database System and Geo Tagging to the DSWD-ARMM. He emphasized that Database Management System (DBMS) and Geo tagging will greatly contribute to the improvement of the DSWD-ARMM’s website.

Asec. Alba acknowledged that inputs provided by the RPDO and the Information and Communication Technology Office (ICTO-ORG) would really help them in improving their database management, website development and maintenance, and geo tagging activities.

The activity was facilitated by the DSWD-ARMM and participated by their Technical Working Group (TWG) composed of Information Officers and Information Technology Specialists.

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RPMC utilizes Geo-Tagging Tool for monitoring in Tawi-Tawi

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RPDO-ARMM The Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) technical team utilized Geo-tagging tool for monitoring of infra-development projects under the CY 2012-2014, ARMM Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Synergy (ARMM-HELPS’) and Water and Sanitation (WatSan) projects in the province of Tawi-Tawi last May 4-8, 2015.

The monitoring team aimed at four (4) major objectives, such as: 1) governing standard specifications of infrastructure project; 2) use of geo-tagging; 3) environment protection/ or climate related-risks; and 4) safety and health measures.

The team believed that with geo-tagging tool, it will provide transparency in government infrastructure projects by tracking project information especially in remote areas with the use of Global Positioning System (GPS).

Moreover, geo-tagging will provide detailed information on the projects such as dates, locations, and the tangible structures on both vertical (refers to the roads) and horizontal (refers to the buildings and facilities). This will allow project managers, agencies, donors and partners, to verify and monitor the changes and developments of the projects implemented by various organizations.

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RDAC convenes its 2nd Regular Meeting CY 2015

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RDAC convenes its 2nd Regular Meeting CY 2015 The Regional Development Administration Committee (RDAC) under the Regional Economic and Development Planning Board (REDPB) convened for its 2nd Regular Meeting for CY 2015 on May 5, 2015 at the RPDO Conference Hall, ARMM Compound, Cotabato City.

The meeting was facilitated by the Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO-ARMM) under the management of Engr. Baintan Adil-Ampatuan, RPDO Executive Director being the technical secretariat of the REDPB in close coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG-ARMM) and member line agencies.

Officials and representatives of the Committee member agencies participated in the meeting namely: Regional Reconciliation and Unification Council (RRUC), Regional Budget and Management Office (RBMO), Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), Office of the Regional Treasurer (ORT), Bureau of Public Information (BPI), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Police Regional Office (PRO-ARMM), 6th Infantry Division (6ID), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Technical Management Services (TMS), Administrative Management Services (AMS) and ARMM Development Academy (ADA).

Atty. Anwar A. Malang, DILG-ARMM Regional Secretary and RDAC chair said that the primary objective of the meeting was to discuss updates on the development activities of the ARMM being implemented by ARMM line agencies.

Engr. Ampatuan emphasized the vital development concerns for discussion include; 1) REDPB Updates, 2) Updates on the Output of the 1st ARMM Planners Congress, 3) HDAP Enhancement, 4) Socio-Economic Profile (SEP) Preparation, 5) Updates on Agency Regular and Special Projects Implementation, and 6) Issues and Concerns of regional importance.

The RDAC is one of the four (4) sectoral committees of the REDPB that assists the RPDO in assessing, coordinating, and monitoring the implementation of regional government programs and projects. The agenda in the committee meeting is a prelude to the upcoming conduct of the REDPB meeting.

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RPDO joins 113th Labor Day Celebration

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RPDO joins 113th Labor Day Celebration The Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO-ARMM) joined the 113th Labor Day celebration with the theme “Disenteng Trabaho at Kabuhayan Alay Natin sa Bayan”, held on May 1, 2015 at the ARMM Compound, Cotabato City.

The celebration was spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-ARMM) and participated by all ARMM government officials, representatives from all the private sectors and companies who are operating within the region.

In his opening remarks, Sec. Muslimin A. Jakilan, DOLE-ARMM Regional Secretary emphasized that the celebration focuses on the meaningful and dedicated labor that the workers continuously give to the ARMM communities. He added that with the dedication to work, it will greatly contribute to our basic necessities as the head of the family, an ordinary wage earner or a true public servant.

Atty. Laisa Masuhud-Alamia, ARMM Executive Secretary gave a keynote speech in behalf of the Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman. She said, “In recent years, we, in the ARMM, have taken necessary steps to ensure that our region makes significant progress in terms of economic and human development. The poverty situation in ARMM is a reality that we have always acknowledged as we continue to strive to promote inclusive, accountable and sustainable development.”

She also stressed that the Labor Day celebration is the day we recognize the collective efforts and ideas in solidarity with the workers in the region.

The program ended with the closing remarks led by Mr. Mahendra A. Madjilon, DOLE-ARMM Under Secretary through acknowledging all the participants during the celebration.

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RPMC spearheads monitoring activities in Sulu

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RPMC spearheads monitoring activities in Sulu The Regional Project Monitoring Committee of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RPMC-ARMM) had conducted monitoring activities in the province of Sulu on April 20-24 2015.

The activities aimed to monitor the progress of implementation of various ARMM infrastructure projects funded under regular ARMM Annual infrastructure, 2014 Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA), School Building Program and ARMM-Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Synergy (HELPS) projects.

The RPMC team is composed of RPMC members namely Office of the Executive Secretary (OES), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Office of the Regional Treasury (ORT), Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO) and non-government organizations’ representatives.

The team will provide the implementing partners and other stakeholders their monitoring report during the exit conference.

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RPDO joins the UNICEF’s Two-day Coordination and Planning Workshop

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RPDO joins the UNICEF’s Two-day Coordination and Planning Workshop The Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO-ARMM) joined the UNICEF in the conduct of its Two-day Coordination and Planning Workshop on the Capacity Assessment on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) on April 22-23, 2015 at the RPDO Conference Hall, ARMM Compound, Cotabato City.

The workshop was aimed at laying-out plans for a research project that UNICEF will undertake in partnership with various institutions to assess the DRR Capacities of ARMM Regional line agencies and selected local government units, said Mr. Nonoy Fajardo, UNICEF Program Specialist.

During the workshop, institutions such as the Bicol University, Notre Dame University, Center for Initiative and Research on Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), Climate Change Academy (CCA) of Albay Province, and the RPDO-ARMM were identified and organized to compose the Management Committee (MANCOM) that will provide guidance in the conduct of the research project to be undertaken.

The said institutions underwent workshop activities which included discussions on the terms of reference; drafting of the project work plan; coordination and conduct of the assessment; review and approval of all outputs of the research including design, protocols, tools, and narratives of cases studies; and agreement on the next steps to expedite the research.

Mr. Fajardo also said that the RPDO being the planning office of the ARMM will serve as a member of the MANCOM and technical secretariat in the conduct of the research.

At least seven (7) municipalities in ARMM will be covered by the research project, four (4) in Maguindanao, two (2) in Sulu and one (1) in Tawi-Tawi.

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