Contract signing for economic and social infrastructure projects held
In continuation of the procurement activity of the Department of Agrarian Reform-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAR-ARMM) towards complete implementation of the project “Kalilintad sa Kanggilupa” under ARMM Humanitarian Development Action Plan (ARMM-HDAP) Program of the regional government under the administration of Hon. Mujiv S. Hataman, another batch of contract signing was held.
Said instrument was signed on August 5, 2016 by and between the Head of the Procuring Entity, Regional Secretary Amihilda J. Sangcopan and the winning bidder, BJRN and Associates Construction Corporation represented by Engr. Omar Macusang at the Conference Room of the Department for the Construction of Economic and Social Infrastructure Projects to the 10 Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) in the 11 Municipalities of Maguindanao. In witnesses were representatives from the Regional Project Management Office for ARMM-HDAP, DAR Maguindanao, Regional Bids and Awards Committee (RBAC) and BJRN.
Welcoming the winning bidder BJRN through Engr. Macusang, Regional Secretary Sangcopan acquainted the former that they would be the new partner of the regional government and DAR-ARMM in helping the ARCs specifically the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) who need these form of government interventions and supports. “The units to be constructed like warehouse would ensure safe depository of their produce, the solar drier would increase the good quality of their produce resulting to a higher value and the socialized houses would provide them security and shelter,” she added.
Accepting the message of Regional Secretary Sangcopan, Engr. Macusang committed to support DAR in helping the ARBs to uplift their socio-economic status particularly those who are frequently affected by the recurrence of conflict in the 2nd district of Maguindanao. “In fact, our support will begin from construction to completion of the projects as we will employ local labourers from the community itself,” he said.
Atty. Renato D. Magno, RBAC Chairman, reiterated some important points under the Revised IRR of Republic Act No. 9184 and explained the valid reasons arising from the exclusion of Multi-Purpose Center/Building from the contract through Committee resolution which will be re-posted for rebid.
Trainings and goods for ARCs of Maguindanao after contract signing held
The Department of Agrarian Reform-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAR-ARMM), in implementing its project dubbed “Kalilintad sa Kanggilupa” under ARMM Humanitarian Development Action Plan (ARMM-HDAP) Program has finally awarded to the winning bidders of the supplies and materials as well as the food packs for the conduct of various on-site ARB Trainings and the Delivery of Common Service Facilities (CSFs) to the 10 Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) in the 11 Municipalities of Maguindanao.
ARMM-HDAP is a project of the regional government under the administration of Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman designed to address immediate humanitarian needs and long-term development of affected communities. While “Kalilintad sa Kanggilupa” project is its component to support Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) and Communities (ARCs) frequently affected by the recurrence of conflict in the 2nd district of Maguindanao.
The contract signing between DAR-ARMM as the procuring entity with the respective bidders C.J. Delfin Agri-Industrial Sales, Mitsubomar Agri Machinery, Elena V. Co-Hardware, Inc. and D&M Catering Services were held simultaneously on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning at Basilan Hall, Regional Educational Learning Center, Department of Education, ARMM.
Marked as another accomplishment of the Department, the event was witnessed by the Executive Secretary, Atty. Laisa Masuhud-Alamia along with the representatives from the Regional Project Management Office for ARMM-HDAP and awardees’ witnesses.
Executive Secretary Alamia congratulated both DAR and the awardee bidders for finally reaching the agreement. “On behalf of Regional Governor Hataman, we commit to support the full implementation of this project with you” she assured.
The Regional Secretary, Amihilda J. Sangcopan, thanked Executive Secretary Alamia and Regional Governor Hataman for their trust and confidence that the program could truly be implemented by DAR-ARMM. “I am also grateful of the key officials of DAR-ARMM together with the members of the Regional Bids and Awards Committee for their cooperation and hardwork,” she added. Finally, she welcomed the winning bidders as new partners of DAR in helping to uplift the economic status of the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries.
End Mere Compliance
Again, in the first quarter of 2016, the Department of Agrarian Reform-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAR-ARMM) got 100% rating in the OGP Compliance Website Assessment Report concluded by the Information and Communications Technology Office- Office of the Regional Governor. Only DAR has maintained the impeccable rating for five (5) consecutive quarters reckoned from first quarter of 2015!
The OGP compliance website by ARMM line agencies commenced in 2013 through the directive of Hon. Mujiv S. Hataman, a year he assumed to office as Regional Governor by popular election. This is partly in compliance with Section 93 of the General Appropriations Act of FY2012.
Said compliance website is quarterly assessed by ICTO-ORG. In line with the regional government’s commitment to promote open government and provide information relating to its activities, all agencies under its mandate are likewise directed to make all necessary information accessible to the public by regularly posting in its respective website all the items required by ICTO such as, among others, Transparency Seal requirements, updated calendar of activities, signed memoranda, organizational structure, citizens charter, department issuances, recruitment and vacancies.
Engr. Abdelnur P. Campong, OIC Chief IT Officer of the ORG commended the Department for its swift update of missing documents and exemplary website for completing all the required items/document since 2015.
Sharing her note on current leadership in DAR, the chief of staff-designate Noemi P. Barretto said that the status of the Department is positively distinctive. “It is very heartwarming to see that key officials are actively working together with their respective staff in implementing our mandate.”
PARO I Rebecca R. Bautista said that DAR-ARMM has got off conquering the limelight and success simultaneous with the assumption of Regional Secretary Amihilda J. Sangcopan, and all these achievements evinced the quality of service we render especially to the benefit of our Agrarian Reform Partners.”
Overwhelmed with the result, regional secretary Sangcopan thanked the Regional Information Technology Officers assigned for the website and the Regional Communication Group as a whole for their job well done, wished good luck for the second quarter assessment this year and kept reminding everyone to continue aiming for the best and plug the practice of mere compliance.
Moving forward to a total quality management system within the office, the draft third edition of Office Service Manual is currently under review and scrutiny by the Technical Working Group (TWG) for the Finalization of Office Service Manual in preparation of the final draft to be presented to Secretary Sangcopan for critique with the Division Chiefs. In doing so, it is of essence that they look back and sustain the gains of hard work for 1 and a half year. (Yasmin G. Macaumbang, Head, Regional Communication Group)