COTABATO CITY (Feb 16) – ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with different line agencies of the region to implement projects under the Humanitarian Development Action Plan (HDAP) program of the autonomous region.

The HDAP was created to address the needs of affected families in the evacuation centers as well as provide follow-through development interventions in the affected communities. The plan was also designed to document the current initiatives and practices of ARMM, local government units and development partners in responding to emergencies and calamities.

RPDO-ARMM Executive Director Baintan Ampatuan, who is also the project manager of HDAP, said ARMM will be implementing more than P 1.2B worth of projects in the Second District of Maguindanao. These projects are aimed at alleviating the poor conditions of conflict affected areas in Maguindanao.

Under the HDAP, DPWH-ARMM will be implementing the concreting of fifteen (15) roads (P317.1 M), while DAF-ARMM will see the implementation of the construction of fifteen (15) farm-to-market roads (P356 M) and provision of farm machineries (P46.5 M).

For their part, DepEd-ARMM will be utilizing P13.2 M worth of projects on Support Services for Emergency Education; DOT-ARMM will be promoting cultural and heritage in the implementation of their livelihood intervention programs worth P5M; DSWD-ARMM is allotted P31.1 M for its livelihood assistance programs; and DILG-ARMM will be implementing P240.95 M worth of projects which include construction of municipal government centers, integrated water systems, and cooperative centers.

For DOST-ARMM, they will be implementing several projects under HDAP which include food processing training, food safety training (basic food safety and Halal hazard analysis critical point) and goods manufacturing; DENR-ARMM is given P12 M worth of land survey and titling programs; TESDA-ARMM will focus on entrepreneurship trainings amounting to P700, 000; BFAR-ARMM will conduct its “Fish for Peace Project” which amounts to P61.4 M; CHED-ARMM will implement P6.8 M worth of scholarship program while ARMM-HEART/RDRRMC will carry its humanitarian assistance programs with a budget of P126.9 M.

DPWH-ARMM Secretary Don Loong said his office and the other agencies give priority to HDAP projects since these projects are critical in the peace process, especially in areas where conflict account for poverty-stricken conditions.

ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman and his Executive Secretary, Atty. Laisa Alamia Masuhud both believe that HDAP will help transform the condition of the conflict affected towns of the Second District of Maguindanao.

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