ARMM reactivates LCAT-VAWC

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By RPDO-ACAT Secretariat Staff

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COTABATO CITY – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has reactivated its local committees on Anti-Trafficking and Violence Against Women and their Children (LCAT-VAWC).

 

Lawyer Laisa Masuhud-Alamia, ARMM Executive Secretary, said efforts were up since November last year to integrate LCAT-VAWC into the Local Inter-Agency Task Force Against-Trafficking (LIATFAT).

 

ES Masuhud-Alamia, who is also ACAT chairperson, said coordination has been in place between the Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO) as ACAT Secretariat, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on the seven UNICEF target areas in the ARMM. These include the municipalities of Mamasapano, Parang, Upi and South Upi in Maguindanao;  Parang and Siasi municipalities in Sulu; and Languyan in Tawi-Tawi. 

 

The LCAT-VAWC and LIATFAT are tasked to coordinate, monitor and implement provisions of the Republic Act No. 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 as amended by Republic Act 10364 and Republic Act 9710 or Magna Carta on Women, and Republic Act 9262 or Anti-Violence Against-Women and their Children Act. 

 

This effort has been in response to increasing cases of human trafficking in the region. In her presentation, ES Alamia said “based on the DSWD-ARMM report, Maguindanao province has the most number of trafficked and potential victims with 27 victims in 2009, 24 in 2010, 113 in 2011, and 49 in 2012, and a number of unreported cases”. She added that in 2012, the DSWD-ARMM reported having monitored four trafficked victims from of Sulu, 12 from Basilan and one from Tawi-Tawi. Although Tawi-Tawi has low incidence of TIP victims, the province remains the transit point for human trafficking in the Philippines.  Many potential victims nationwide were often intercepted in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. 

 

ES Alamia said “the ARMM stakeholders and development partners should be vigilant and proactive in addressing human trafficking CASES which are often controlled by organized crime syndicates”.

 

Hence, the Office of the Regional Governor has to reactivate the MCAT-VAWC mainstreamed with the LIATFAT in order to ensure prevention, rescue and recovery of the survivors and or potential victims, she said.

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ARMM development plan updating on final phase

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quad 3COTABATO CITY (December 5) – Officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao are determined in pursuing its reform agenda to uplift the living condition of its populace and to prepare the region for transition stage to the proposed Bangsamoro setup.

Last Thursday, the Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO) in partnership with the Office of the Regional Governor (ORG) hosted the 3rd Regional Economic and Development Planning Board’s Quadripartite Meeting of Sectoral Committees at Golden Lace Fine Dining here.

Under Republic Act 9054, the expanded Autonomy Act, RPDO serves as the REDPB Technical Secretariat.

A Bangsamoro setup is being bilaterally crafted in the continuing peace process between the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

All four REDPB Sectoral Committees— RDAC on Peace and Security and Governance, REDC on Economic Development, RSDC on Social Development, and RIDC on Infrastructure Development—worked on the specific agenda of finalizing the Regional Development Plan (RDP) Midterm Update, as well as Results Matrices (RM) and the ARMM Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) of the region.

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NEDA-RDCS seeks solution to disaster risk, Climate Change in PH

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MANILA – “Let’s anticipate and minimize the risk and let’s adapt and mitigate climate change”, Dr. Candido Cabrido, project consultant, said.

The National Economic and Development Authority-Regional Development Coordinating Staff (NEDA-RDCS) conducted a training workshop on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR/CCA) in Local Development Planning and Decision-making Processes at the University of Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City on October 21-26, 2013.

Supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the European Commission on Humanitarian Aid, the training was designed to help local development planners and decision-making bodies effectively update and refine their Disaster Risk Assessment (DRA) and Climate Change and Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) reports.

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PHRD offers health research grant in ARMM

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healthDAVAO CITY—The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PHRD), through the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) is offering up to P500,000.00 in grant assistance package for health research proposals on developing a Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA), it was learned.

Eight capsule proposals written by the participants were enhanced with the help of Dr. Noel Juban and Dr. Jacinto Mantaring of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Medicine.

In an organizational meeting that followed, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-ARMM was elected Chair of the Ethics Review Committee, with RPDO-ARMM as Vice-Chair. On the other hand, the Department of Health (DOH)-ARMM was voted Chair and with DAF-ARMM as Vice-Chair of the Research and Development Committee.

Participating officials said proposals were expected to be finalized in the first quarter of 2014. After the review process, release of funds and implementation of the project will follow, they said. (By Ahme Dee Sendad and Sarip Guiahara Dumato)

 

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POPULAR COMMUNICATION

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ARMM execs stand to Open Governance

     COTABATO CITY (December 7)—From exclusive technical writing, employees and mid-level executives of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said they believe that added “popular communication” skills in news writing can help bridge the region’s programs to the general public.

         This was pointed out by participants of writers’ forum series over the weekend, the second follow-through workshop-series for writing technical staff-members and mid-level executives of the ARMM’s Regional Development Planning Office (RPDO).

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ARMM TOURISM

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NTA boosts ties for CDTD goals

 

tourismCOTABATO CITY (November 30) – Community-driven tourism development is gaining ground in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with stronger ties under the National Tourism Agenda, officials said.

ARMM Tourism Secretary Marites K. Maguindra, CE, said collaborative partnership in community-driven tourism extends to the level of local government units, through the provincial and city/municipal tourism councils, as well as private tourism stakeholders and entities.

Engr. Mlang Madal, Asst. Regional Director of the Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO) said this was best illustrated in the Tourism Stakeholders Focus Group Discussion and Consultation hosted November 28, 2013 by the Department of Tourism-ARMM at Estosan Garden Hotel, Cotabato City.

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