ARMM to complete road network links in 2016

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ARMM to complete road network links in 2016

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OFFICIALS of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao want improvement of the region’s road network completed in time for its transformation into a Bangsamoro entity by 2016.

This surfaced during a meeting dubbed Infrastructure Convergence Committee (ICC) which was simultaneously held with a regional development plan (RDP) midterm update provincial consultation, on January 20, 2014 at Garden Orchid Hotel, Zamboanga City.

Engineer Emil Sadain, ARMM DPWH secretary, said only 179 kilometers (km.) remained unpaved out of the total 992 km. national roads. And the combined length of still unpaved provincial roads had been 1,134 km.

The DPWH-ARMM is closely working with the Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO) and the Office of the Regional Governor in determining the varying conditions and status of the region’s road network.

The activity was attended by more than 40 participants from Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Lamitan City, mostly provincial planning and development coordinators, municipal planning and development coordinators, provincial engineers and DPWH-ARMM district engineers.

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BDA presents BM plan to ARMM execs

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 BDACOTABATO CITY (Jan. 24, 2014)—Moro Planners in government and the private sector have expressed support to framing of a Bangsamoro Basic Law by preparing integrated development plan for the new political entity seen to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Lawyer Laisa Masuhud Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, her meeting with representatives of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) on January 24 started a bilateral cooperation on the crafting of a Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) to help chart the course for a Bangsamoro government, which would replace the ARMM by 2016.

In this way, she said, the BDA acknowledged the need for the formulation of a BDP “to prepare for the challenges and respond to urgent priorities in the establishment of the Bangsamoro government by 2016.”

ES Alamia led ARMM Cabinet members in an interface with the BDA team in last Friday meeting at the Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO) Conference Room.

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ARMM execs meet IOM delegation

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COTABATO CITY (Jan. 24, 2014)—Officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim in Mindanao (ARMM) met to update here today foreign-based officials of the International Organization on Migration (IOM) for a continuing endeavor at development partnership.

Executive Secretary Laisa Alamia warmly welcomed the IOM representatives, who are based in Geneva, The Netherlands, Brussels and Bangkok, including the Philippines-based IOM Family in a Donors’ Meeting at the Astana Hall, ARMM Compound, Cotabato City.

ES Alamia spoke to the IOM representatives on various efforts of the ARMM government on displacement, conflict prevention and rehabilitation efforts. She also discussed with the IOM Team the strategic initiatives of the ARMM under the five Cabinet Clusters, namely: a) Good Governance and Anti-Corruption, b) Security, Justice Peace and Transition to Bangsamoro, c) Economic Growth and Linkages, d) Human Development and Poverty Reduction and e) ARMM HEART.

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RPDO staff revisit forte at tech writing

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tech writingCOTABATO CITY (Jan. 10, 2014)— Staff-members in the tutelage of mid-level executives briefly revisited today their own forte of technical writing, albeit in more collective ways at relearning, and even unlearning some traditional practices in the trade.

Executive Director Baintan Adil-Ampatuan of the Regional Planning and Development Office said she wants her staff to be more technically competent, through continuing staff-development activities in terms of training and in their day-to-day official functions.

Thus, the RPDO hosted for its staff-members an in-house refresher on technical writing, during the third of a series of Writers’ Forum Workshop at the RPDO Conference Room here on Friday.

A participant shared with the group a rather more philosophical view that, “Technical writing is sometimes defined as simplifying the complex.  Inherent in such a concise and deceptively simple definition is a whole range of skills and characteristics that address nearly every field of human endeavor at some level.  A significant subset of the broader field of technical communication, technical writing involves communicating complex information to those who need it to accomplish some task or goal.”

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RDAC to finalize ARMM RDP

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COTABATO CITY – “We have no good plan if we have no accurate data,” said lawyer Anwar Malang, Interior and Local Governments secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DILG-ARMM) said.

Malang, who also chairs the Regional Development Administration Committee (RDAC), stressed that one real problem in crafting plans is the baseline data. “Many people are questioning our data”, he added. “However, we cannot explain to them the reason why, because we are not the one doing the census”, he added.

The Regional Planning and Development Office as the technical secretariat of Regional Economic and Development Planning Board (REDPB) coordinates with the DILG-ARMM, and hosted a meeting with members of the RDAC at the RPDO Conference Room, RPDO-ARMM Bldg., here on January 14, 2014.

The meeting aims to finalize the ARMM Regional Development Plan Midterm Update, 2014-2016 and its accompanying RDIP, the blueprint of the region’s reform agenda under the Hataman administration. It would also pave the way for the autonomous regional government to transition to the proposed Bangsamoro government.

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NEDA-RDCS helps ARMM LGUs frame disaster plans

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THE national government urged local government units to complete their Emergency Operation Plans toward mainstreaming a Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA).neda rdc

This was the main objective of the follow-up workshop on DRR/CCA mainstreaming, hosted on January 21-24, 2014 by the National Economic and Development Authority-Regional Development Coordinating Staff (NEDA-RDCS) at University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

NEDA’s Dr. Candido Cabrido, Jr. said that aside from enhanced Provincial Development Physical Framework Plans (PDPFPs) of provinces, there is also a need to prepare an Emergency Operation Plan at the municipal level and Contingency Plan at the barangay level. 

Officials said some local Provincial Development Physical Framework Plans were presented and critiqued during the meeting, and that the five component provinces of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao would have to up with their own PDPFPs.

The training is supported by the UNDP and the European Commission Humanitarian Aid with the objective of helping the provincial development planners finalize their Disaster Risk Assessment (DRA) and Climate Change and Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) reports.

Some provinces came up with their PDPFP during the October 21-26, 2013 training workshop on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR/CCA) in local development planning and decision-making processes.

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