RPDO bags second ROA

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ROAGENERAL SANTOS CITY – Having garnered a score of 102.8% based on DOH’s criteria for sustaining a tobacco-free environment, the Regional Planning and Development Office-ARMM bagged the DOH Red Orchid Award (ROA) at Greenleaf Hotel on June 26, 2014.

The DOH ROA is the annual search for the 100% Tobacco-Free Environment among health facilities, government agencies, and LGUs. Winners are judged based on their comprehensive efforts to implement a 100% Tobacco-Free Environment using the World Health Organization MPOWER initiative.

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THE RPDO CONTINUES ITS QUEST TOWARDS IMPROVING SERVICES

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Cotabato City (April 30, 2014) - The Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO), being the central planning and coordinating agency of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has levelled-up by improving and enhancing the work competency and capacity of its manpower towards excellent services. Hence, a two-day Orientation on Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS) Implementation and Gender and Development Focal Point System (GFPS) cum Team Building Workshop was conducted on April 29-30, 2014 at the Golden Lace Restaurant, Cotabato City with a Theme: “Enhancing Work Competency and Integrity towards Innovation, Gender Responsiveness, and Transition to Bangsamoro”. 

spms 1The Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW) Chairperson Sittie Jehanne Mutin and Executive Director Irene Tillah served as the resource persons on strengthening the GFPS of the RPDO based on the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) Memorandum Circular No.2011-1. 

Chairperson Mutin said, “The RPDO is one of the highly regarded agencies in ARMM and known as the Gender Advocates Champion”. She congratulated the RPDO for being one of the Gender Responsive Agency Awardee in ARMM during the culmination night of Women’s Month in March 2014. She also acknowledged the technical support of the RPDO on the institutionalization of the GAD in the region i.e. creation of the Regional Sub-Committee on Gender and Development (RSGAD) and Regional Steering Committee on the Localization of National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security  (RSC-LNAP), and the preparation of the ARMM GAD Code and its Implementing Rules and Regulations. 

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RG to ARMM engineers: Prioritize towns with no projects yet

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prioritize townGovernor Mujiv S. Hataman urged the offices of provincial, district and city engineers to submit a complete list of their road classification, sending strong emphasis on giving top priority to those municipalities that have not received nor implemented any project in 2013.

The Infrastructure Convergence (ICC) meeting for the provinces of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur was held on February 18, 24 and 25, 2014 at the DPWH Conference Hall, ARMM Compound, Cotabato City. During the meeting, Governor Hataman said that projects should be fairly and equitably distributed among the municipalities.

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ARMM execs take outages with power officials

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article1MANILA --- Power and energy are among pressing issues currently besetting the government. Most Mindanao areas have suffered from the adverse effects of rotational power interruptions, often blamed on inadequacy of power supply generation.

Even the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao which hosts key hydroelectric power plants in Mindanao has not been spared from this problem.

A meeting on March 11, 2014 was an opportunity for some ARMM Regional Cabinet Members led by Executive Secretary Laisa Masuhud Alamia to discuss the issue with officials from the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Electrification Authority (NEA) and the National Power Corporation (NPC).

Executive Secretary Alamia explained that the leadership of ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman has been bound to address inherent problems and issues, since he assumed office in late 2011--including the power issues. She said the same power issues were raised by ARMM provincial governors during the most recent meeting of the Regional Economic and Development Planning Board, by which local officials sought to be clarified on power related issues in the region.

Attending officials from the DOE, NEA and NPC updated ARMM officials on the current power situation, on-going programs and projects funded under regular programs and the ER-194 and other related information.

Current status of ARMM cooperatives and issues concerns pertaining to their operations was also tackled. It was learned that some of the electric cooperatives in the ARMM had huge and piling up unpaid debts with the NPC. This has been attributed to low collection efficiency brought about by non-paying of electricity bills by some delinquent households and commercial consumers, and to high systems loss.

The Regional Planning and Development Office helped organize the meeting, in close coordination with the Office of the Regional Governor and the ARMM Manila Liaison office. (MMI of RPDO-ARMM)

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ARMM, PSA officials push for separate data survey in the region

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MANILA - Statistics on the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao topped issues taken up by officials of the region and the Philippine Statistics Authority on March 11, 2014 at the ARMM Manila Liaison Office in Makati City.

ARMM Executive Secretary Atty. Laisa M. Alamia presided over the meeting which was attended by some members of the regional cabinet, including: DENR Secretary Kahal Kedtag, RPDO Executive Director Baintan A. Ampatuan, BFAR Director Janice Musali, DPWH Assistant Secretary Don Mustapha Loong, Regional Treasurer Kanggo Umal and representatives from DA and TMS-ORG.

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LGU SUMMIT: First of its kind, could be last, says RG Hataman

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LGU sumDAVAO CITY—The Local Government Units Summit on Governance and Development held in February 11-12, 2014 at Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City could be the last LGU summit under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

This might be the last Local Government Units Summit that we will have in the region,” Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman said in his message. Officials echoed that this was in view of the current developments in the peace process and in anticipation for the establishment of a new political entity that will replace the ARMM.

But RG Hataman also stressed that the summit was the first of its kind in the ARMM, where municipal mayors were openly consulted on determining projects for consideration in the programming of the Annual Infrastructure Fund for 2015.

With the theme “Strengthening Regional Stakeholders’ Partnership towards Revitalized ARMM in transition to Bangsamoro” the summit was organized by the Office of the Regional Governor in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Regional Planning and Development Office.

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