The United Nations Development Programme helped fund this workshop. (John Unson)

Foreign Benefactor sponsors 1st Ever Strategic Governance Planning Workshop for BARMM

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao-A foreign benefactor supporting the southern peace process sponsored the 1st Strategic Governance Planning Workshop of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), said a report by NDBC News.

The two-day event held in Cotabato City was a joint initiative of BARMM’s Ministry of Local Government, or MLG, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

According to the NDBC News, the activity aims to strengthen governance in BARMM, which covers all five provinces in the defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Cotabato City and 63 barangays in different towns in North Cotabato.

Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, Minister of Local Government (MLG) of BARMM said Tuesday that he is thankful to Winston Aylmer Camariñas, head of UNDP’s field office in Cotabato City, for helping them push the two-day strategic planning exercise forward.

Twenty three local government units in the defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao were awarded with the 2018 Seal of Good Local Governance by the central office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government for efficient operation and good domestic socio-economic and security programs.

The MLG covers 118 towns in ARMM’s five provinces, Cotabato City and the 63 barangays in North Cotabato province.

The UNDP and several other entities under the United Nations have actively been supporting the peace process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front whose figurehead, Hadji Murad Ebrahim, is now appointed chief minister of BARMM, the NDBC News report said.

Sinarimbo said that Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, Chief Minister of BARMM, and also head of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, or BTA, was a speaker in the opening program of the MLG’s two-day workshop.

The UNDP-assisted strategic governance planning activity is meant to identify measures that can maximize governance in BARMM’s territory for the bilateral peace and development goals of the newly-established regional government and President Rodrigo Duterte to fully takeoff.

CM Ebrahim said BARMM’s initial normalization thrusts, intended to foster peace and sustainable development in areas beset with poverty and underdevelopment due to armed conflicts, are hinged on education, infrastructure, health and social welfare interventions. (NDBC News)