MANILA – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has conducted a dialogue with its development partners through a regional development forum that seeks to get insights and support for its programs and projects.
The forum was held in coordination with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). The multisectoral partners that were represented in the dialogue include various national government agencies, local and international nongovernmental organizations, and business chambers.
Atty. Laisa Alamia, ARMM Executive Secretary, said the forum served as venue to inform and to show to these development partners and stakeholders the milestones and accomplishments achieved by the regional government. “The ARMM RDP (Regional Development Plan), its 21 chapters, is anchored on the national long-term vision, a living document of the region’s vision for the Bangsamoro,” Atty. Alamia said.
The ARMM RDP, covering the years 2017-2022, was presented during the forum held two months ago. The five-year medium-term plan serves as the blueprint for the implementation of regional priorities in support of the attainment of the ARMMBisyon 2040, which represents the collective vision and aspirations of the Bangsamoro. The ARMM drafted the long-term vision consistent with NEDA’s AmBisyon Natin 2040.
“By 2040, the peoples in the Bangsamoro are self-governing with predominantly middle-class society living in safe communities, having a dynamic economy including a Halal ecosystem, enjoying inclusive peace and diverse cultures, who shall enhance sustainable development ensuring that responsibilities and benefits are shared by all.”
The ARMM has identified six development goals as focus of its priority interventions during the RDP years. These are:
· Open, transparent, accountable and inclusive governance practiced and sustained; Improved access of ARMM communities to basic services for human capital development; Sustained improved environment for more secured communities; Increased investments, employment and income; Accelerated infrastructure development for the region’s socio-economic growth; and Enhanced integrity of ecosystems, adaptation to climate change, and disaster resilience of communities.
As identified in the regional development plan, the growth of Gross Regional Domestic in 2022 will increase to 5.25% from 0.3% in 2016; poverty incidence among families will be reduced to 33.2% in 2022 from 48.2% in 2015; and labor force participation rate would increase to 65% in 2022 from 53.1% in 2016. The plan is more than just a ‘to-do’ list since it will set the agenda for the future of the Bangsamoro – one which the current administration understands and implements with due diligence and which will serve as a guide for future leaders.
It follows a framework that will guide the region’s continued development while securing transparency and accountability in a society where – in the course of institutionalizing good governance and meaningful reforms – nobody will be left behind. During the forum, the different line agencies of the ARMM have set-up booths to showcase their department’s accomplishments. Some of the region’s best products such as cultural artifacts, hand-crafted native products, and different Moro delicacies were also placed on exhibit. (Bureau of Public Information)
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