COTABATO CITY: Planners from the different regional line agencies and the 118 municipalities of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have gathered in this city for a two-day congress to draw up mechanisms that will strengthen the collaboration between government agencies in the region.
Dubbed as the first ARMM Planner’s Congress, the activity that started Wednesday is set to conclude on Thursday.
Amir Mawallil, executive director of the ARMM’s Bureau of Public Information, told The Manila Times that the planners are expected to help institutionalize a regional and local planning and budgeting mechanism that will ensure wider participation of stakeholders in the identification of regional programs.
Mawallil said the Muslim autonomous region expects this congress to advance good governance and efficient public service.
As this developed, ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman emphasized the role of planners in the region’s development and urged them to draft plans that focus on the need of their constituents.
“Ang isang epektibong pamamahala ay nakabatay sa epektibong pagpaplano, at ang epektibong pagpaplano ay nakabatay sa partisipasyon ng lahat,” Hataman said.
“Bahagi ng ating sinumpaan na magsilbi sa ating mga kababayan kaya ang plano natin ay dapat para sa ating mamamayan at hindi para sa iilan,” he added.
Lawyer Laisa Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, said the contribution of the participants in the congress will greatly affect the future of the upcoming Bangsamoro government.
“The participation of the planners mean they are going to be part of the whole plan and future of the ARMM that will later become the Bangsamoro government,” she said.
The result of the congress will help revalidate and update the priority programs listed in ARMM’s Regional Development Investment Program. It is also expected to capture recent development priorities and nationally funded projects being handled by regional line agencies and their provincial counterparts, according to Mawallil.
The ARMM information chief also said that the consolidated output will be presented to local chief executives in the forthcoming 3rd Local Government Unit (LGU) Summit on the third week of March where major issues that need regional action and further validation will also be discussed.
The Regional Planning and Development Office spearheaded the activity, in partnership with the Office of the Regional Governor, Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Public Works and Highways.