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. Secretaray, DTI-ARMM, and PHILJAFA-ARMM President; and Mr. Nasser Talipasan, DAR-ARMM 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)
06 February 2014
1 February has been celebrated as World Hijab day in more than 50 countries of the world. It was founded by a Bangladeshi American woman Nazma Khan. At this day women from both Muslim and Non-Muslim community wears hijab to support the advocacy in promoting peaceful coexistence through a deeper understanding, respect and tolerance in the complexes of our cultural diversity especially the Muslim women's critical stand on the hijab issue. ARMM join the advocacy and had its First World Hijab day fun run. The said affair held last February 1 at the ORC quadrangle was successful as RG Mujiv Hataman, ARMM Governor and his wife Congresswoman Djalia Hataman, AMIN Partylist representative and one of the Philippine ambassadors of World Hijab day lead the said affair. DAR-ARMM joins the activity to support the worldwide celebration of World Hijab Day and the advocacy of educating people about hijab and its importance. (DAR-ARMM)
06 February 2014
CONDUCT OF LEGAL ORIENTATION ON CASE
BUILD-UP INVOLVING AGRARIAN REFORM DISPUTES
In order to update and enhance the knowledge and skills of the legal officers about the current DARAB Rules and Legal Issuances on agrarian reform, the DAR-ARMM Regional Management, in cooperation with DAR-REGION XII, conducted a legal orientation on Case Build-up Involving Agrarian Reform Disputes last January 23-24, 2014. About 35 participants attended the orientation which was held at the Em Manor Hotel, Cotabato City. The said activity was made possible through the effort of the legal division headed by Datu Musiban M. Solano, CARPO/ Chief Legal Division upon the instruction and support of the OIC Regional Secretary Mcmillan A. Lucman.
Resource speaker Atty. Henry M. Gelacio, DAR-XII Regional Adjudicator, stressed during his lecture that the DAR legal personnel regionwide need to be updated on new Rules and jurisprudence for them to be well-equipped with skills and knowledge in handling agrarian cases. He also disclosed that the DARAB Rules have come up into four (4) revisions from 1988 up to present time, the reason why continuous legal education is needed.
One of the most highlighted issues during the event was the issue raised by Arsec. Hadja Zahra A. Bai Henrietta P. Sinsuat on the issuance of collective CLOA and of subdividing the same. According to Atty. Henry M. Gelacio, individual CLOA shall be issued to farmer beneficiaries (FBs) unless it is not economically sound and feasible in which case collective CLOA be issued to FBs. Under the law, the subdivision of CLOA is considered an Agrarian Legal Implementation (ALI) case and it falls under the jurisdiction of the Regional Secretary.
At the end of the activity, Chief Datu Musiban M. Solano gave his last words and found to be very educational and inspiring. "Education is what is left over when you subtract what you have forgotten from what you have learned. Hence, the formula is what you have learned minus what you have forgotten is equal to education", he said.(DAR-ARMM)
In addition to the previously approved sub-project of the ARCP II in ARMM, another twenty (20) sub-projects in Basilan, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao province were approved by the National Sub-Approval Committee (NSAC) last December 06, 2013. The total cost of the above approved sub-projects is Php 532,108,830.50. As the Regional Project Manager, OIC Secretary McMillan A. Lucman led the field validation for these rural infrastructure projects and engaged the LGUs to participate in order to help our ARCs located in their respective municipalities.
A separate project validation for the provinces of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi is scheduled in early part of January 2014.
Notably, the rural infrastructure component of ARCP II is funded by the OPEC Funds for International Development (OFID) thru the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The previously approved sub-projects region-wide as of October 18, 2013 is eighty two (82) with the total cost of Php 605,763,122.57 or $13.4 million. These figures are still below the total OFID allocation of $30 million considering that the LGUs are required to put up its equity. Initial setback of the project was due to the incapacity of the LGUs to put up equity counterpart. Strategies on how to lessen the equity requirement was raised during the ADB Project Mission in Davao City on September 10-13, 2013. On the strength on the representation of the National Project Coordinating Office (NPCO), the DAR–Regional Project Office (RPO) and the Special Management Team (SMT), the new sharing scheme was formulated. The original 50% - 50% equity sharing was maintained but the 50% share for the LGUs was broken down into : 10% cash outlay; the 40% in kind covering the pre-implementation costs of the project cost and post implementation costs.
For Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao, a 5% cash for work will also be provided by the World Food Program. These will also loosen the burden of the LGUs.
This loan entered into by the DAR – National Office and ADB-OFID is supposed to end this year. However, after due deliberation during the ADB Project Mission, the OFID loan was extended for another year to coincide with the ADB loan in the non-ARMM regions that will end on December 31, 2014. The DAR Provincial Offices, in this case, opted to take advantage by proposing additional projects for coverage.
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