TWO MUNICIPALITIES IN LANAO DEL SUR CELEBRATE GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONIES
On January 21, 2015, municipal LGU officials, local residents, development partners joined the agrarian reform beneficiaries of Dilausan ARC of Lumbaca Unayan, Lanao del Sur to celebrate the groundbreaking of rural infra ARCP II subproject of 3.8 kilometer-Bangon-Lumbac and Dimapok FMR worth Php41,319,049.78.
Mayor Saripoden A. Guro, CPA led the ceremony by talking about the impact this development will have on the community. “No matter how our municipality is facing so many challenges, I took the risk of putting up the equity just to make this dream come true”, he said.
This farm to market road subproject will benefit around 705 agrarian reform beneficiaries and nearby residents and this will be of great help in transporting their products to the market.
The following day on January 22, 2015, municipality of Taraka also held their groundbreaking ceremony of ARCP II subprojects worth Php 113 Million. These subprojects are Concretings of Buadi Diamangga-Buadi Ongcalo FMR (Segment 1) and Cadayonan FMR (Segment 2); Construction of 3 Multi-Purpose Building (MPB) for Barangays Sundig, Buadi Amunud and Moriatao Luksadatu; and Taraka Pump Communal Irrigation Project.
DAR-ARMM Regional Secretary Amihilda J. Sangcopan in her message during the program ceremony expressed her commitment and support to the municipality of Taraka. As she begins her journey as the newly installed Regional Secretary of DAR-ARMM, she has set new directions for the department to undertake and with the help of DAR provincial offices, the welfare of the agrarian reform beneficiaries will be of top priority with the objective in mind to uplift their lives through increase in productivity and income. Moreover, she wanted to leave a legacy that DAR-ARMM is true to its mandate and that the 800 agrarian reform beneficiaries of Sigayan ARC will surely benefit from these subprojects.
In Lanao del Sur, around Php1.013 Billion is the total project cost, representing 43% of the total ARMM project cost amounting to Php 2.4 Billion for the ARCP II. Municipalities of Lumbaca Unayan and Taraka are just two out of 16 municipalities covered by ARCP II foreign assisted projects.
SANGCOPAN ASSUMES AS DAR-ARMM REGIONAL SECRETARY;
LUCMAN APPOINTED DILG PROVINCIAL DIRECTOR
The Department of Agrarian Reform – ARMM started the third week of January 2015 with a change of command from outgoing OIC-Regional Secretary MacMillan A. Lucman to its newly appointed Regional Secretary in the person of Amihilda J. Sangcopan. The event was indeed momentous for it is the first time in the history of DAR-ARMM that a formal turn-over of authority took place.
Regional Secretary Sangcopan was installed into Office by ARMM Executive Secretary Atty. Laisa Masuhud Alamia. Executive Director Baintan A. Ampatuan of the RPDO and other equally important guests from ARMM and LGUs witnessed the turn-over.
Outgoing Secretary Lucman expressed his gratitude to the Regional Governor for giving him the opportunity to lead the Department for more than a year. He related that his original contract with the Regional Governor was just for five days while the ARMM Chief Executive was in search of a regular Secretary. He is doubly happy because his appointment as Provincial Director of Lanao del Sur aside from giving him the chance to serve his people, is a new experience and another journey in his professional career. “I am more than willing to support the Regional Secretary whenever she needs it”, Lucman said.
Secretary Sangcopan, who served the Office of the Regional Governor as Chief of Staff for more than two years, conveyed in her acceptance speech, her gratefulness to the Honorable Regional Governor again, for the trust and confidence to handle the Department of Agrarian Reform. She also thanked Secretary Lucman for handing her over an organized department. All it needs is to be continuously guided with sincerity and good governance. She called on to all officers and employees of the Department for full support and cooperation, to continue what Secretary Lucman had started. She encouraged everyone to help shape up and develop the whole Department while readying for the Bangsamoro gove rnment.
Seated from left to right: Mr. Sinichi Masuda, JAICA-CCDP Chief Advisor; Atty. Ishak V. Mastura, RBOI-ARMM Chairman; Dr. Abubakar M. Datumanong, Reg'l. Asst. Secretary, DTI-ARMM, and PHILJAFA-ARMM President; and Mr. Nasser Talipasan, DAR-Legal Officer designate, and PHILJAFA-ARMM Vice President.\
07 February 2014
TOBACCO FREE ENVIRONMENT
Philippine Japan Fellows Association - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PHILJAFA-ARMM), in cooperation with the Department of Health (DOH-ARMM), organized a forum entitled " AWARENESS FORUM ON TOBACCO FREE ENVIRONMENT". Mr. Nasser L. Talipasan, a DAR-ARMM Legal Officer designate and Vice President of PHILJAFA, attended the meeting. He said, in his closing remarks, "the ARMM may be abolished and be substituted by the upcoming Bangsamoro new entity, but PHILJAFA will still continue." (DAR-ARMM)
The seemingly ordinary day for the kick-off meeting of the Joint ADB-OFID Review Mission for the Second Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP II) on 12 September 2013 turned into a celebratory one when Ms. Iman Alshammari, Public Sector Operations Specialist of the OPEC fund for International Development (OFID), conveyed the good news: OFID Director General Suleiman J. Al-Herbish has approved the request for ARCP II Loan extension for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) from December 2013 to December 2014. This pleasant news was warmly received by the attendees particularly DAR-ARMM Regional Secretary Macmillan A. Lucman and the Provincial Agrarian Reform Officers (PAROs). Sec. Lucman was elated because this would provide more ample time for the ARCP II to deliver support services to target agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in the ARMM.
Ms. Iman Alshammari, OFID Public Sector Operations Specialist, addresses the participants in the Joint ADB-OFID Review Mission for ARCP II in Davao City. Ms. Alshammari announces the extension of OFID Loan closing date for ARCP II.
The Government of the Philippines in 2008 signed two loan Agreements with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) amounting to US$70 million and OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) amounting US$30 million for the implementation of the Second Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP II). Both Loan Agreements became effective in March 2009
The ADB Loan, which support rural infrastructure (RI) development in Regions IV-B, V, VI, VIII and IX, has a closing date of December 2014 while the OFID Loan, whose proceeds are exclusively used for RI subprojects in ARMM, is effective only until December 2013. This is in spite of the fact that the ARCP II is a 6-years project expected to be complete by December 2014.
Taking into consideration this discrepancy, and the imperative to extend the OFID Loan closing date, the ARCP II National Project Coordination Office (NPCO) initiated rounds of discussion with the management of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on this matter. As early as March 2013, the DAR formally requested the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) to allow the synchronization of the closing date of OFID Loan and the ADB Loan. Cited as major reasons in the request are the recent substantial interest of participating local government units (LGUs) in ARMM which came only after the infusion of supplemental fund given to LGUs through the provision of the National Government Assistance to LGUs (NGALGU) which allocates 25% of the total subproject cost and the institution of several measure to fast track project implementation.
Convinced that the OFID Loan closing date should be harmonized with that of the ADB Loan, NEDA endorsed the request of DAR to the Department of Finance (DOF). Both agencies approved in principle the extension of the said closing date subject to the approval of OFID.
In his letter to the DOF, DG Al-Herbish expressed his confidence that based on the assessment of ACP II’s progress in ARMM, “the extension will allow for the successful completion of the remaining project activities.
-Lifted from Momentum DAR-ARCP2 publication Vol. 3, July-September 2013