DILG-ARMM Initiated the General Orientation on ARMM-HELPS Program and Barangay Mandate, Function and Responsibilities of Punong Barangay in the Provinces of Tawi-Tawi,  Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur

The officers and technical staff of DILG-ARMM, thru partnership with the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao-Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance and Synergy (ARMM-HELPS), implemented the project entitled General Orientation on ARMM-HELPS Program and Orientation on Barangay Mandate, Function and Responsibilities of Punong Barangay.

 The activity was conducted to the following province: at Beachside Inn, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi on August 23, 2016 for the participants of the province of Tawi-Tawi; at Estosan Garden Hotel, Cotabato City on August 30, 2016 for the participants of the province of Maguindanao; and, at Elena Tower Inn, Iligan City on September 1, 2016 for the province of Lanao del Sur.

Present in the activity were the DILG Regional Officers and Support Staff, DILG Provincial Officers and Technical Staff, Punong Barangays and their appointive officials.

The ARMM-HELPS Program was a very important activity for the barangay and the beginning of more projects and programs to come in the area. One of the objectives of the activity was to identify the issues and concerns of the project and to formulate accurate recommendations and suggestions to address them properly. These two statements were pointed out by the OIC-Provincial Director of Tawi-Tawi, Gulamhasan I. Sappayani.

The Department’s Chief of Staff, Andaman S. Dimacisil, represents DILG-ARMM Regional Secretary, Atty. Noor Hafizullah “Kirby” M. Abdullah. During his message, he pointed that the DILG-ARMM was aimed to good governance, and it was known as the leading agency for capacity development. The department was true to its duty to help through partnership with ARMM-HELPS to help reduce poverty in ARMM, he stressed.

Anwar A. Upahm, ARMM-HELPS Program Manager, discussed the projects. It was noted that: (a) the project started on the year 2014; (b) it was the initiative of the Regional Governor of ARMM; (c) it was intended as funding agency, not implementing institution; (d) the various projects, such as on health, education, livelihood, peace and governance were implemented through its different partner agencies; and, (e) its objective was to assist the poor isolated barangays, since its Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) was inadequate to support its complex needs. Further, he stressed that sustainability of the projects was depending on the technical know-how of the barangay officials. The ARMM-HELPS in its partnership with DILG-ARMM to conduct capability development training addressed this aspect of sustainability.

The DILG-CapDev on ARMM-HELPS was deliberated by Alibaer M. Pangandaman, LGOO V/DILG Focal ARMM-HELPS. He discussed the program’s activity and tentative schedule on: (a) social preparation and focus group discussion (FGD); (b) training on the barangay tanod; (c) local legislation training; (d) on site coaching on parliamentary procedures and drafting of ordinances and resolution; (e) training workshops on barangay budgeting; (f) training workshops on barangay revenue generation; and, (g) barangay full disclosure policy (BFDP) orientation and updates of BGPMS.

The Barangay Mandate, Functions and Responsibilities were properly presented by Fredelino E. Gorospe, LGOO VI/Asst. Chief, LGDD. During the lecture, it was taken notes on the concept of: (a) the legal basis of the creation of ARMM; (b) the ARMM government structure; (c) dual character of the barangay; (d) the three fundamental powers of the barangay; (e) the roles of the barangay as mandated under the Muslim Mindano Autonomy Act No. 25; (f) the barangay officials and offices; and, (g) the powers, duties and functions of the Punong Barangay.