BARMM launches growth plan, anti-measles-rubella drive

Ali G. Macabalang

FIRST BARMM DEVELOPMENT PLAN. BARMM Executive Secretary Abdulraof Macacua and Regional Chief Planner Mohajirin Ali jointly unveil the region’s three-year growth plan in symbolic rites on Nov. 4. (Photo supplied)

COTABATO CITY

The Bangsamoro autonomous governance has launched its own 1st development plan for 2020-2022 and a region-wide campaign against measles-rubella in separate ceremonies lately.

Regional Executive Secretary Abdulraof Macacua and Bangsamoro Chief Planner Engr. Mohajirin Ali jointly unveiled a symbolic copy of the three-year growth plan at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex here on Nov. 4.

On Nov. 3, health workers of the autonomous government and counterparts from Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) launched the campaign to prevent outbreak of measles and rubella in Lanao del Sur.

The region’s four other provinces of Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi started the measles-rubella drives with supplemental immunization activities on Oct. 26.

OIC Health Minister Ameril Usman said the campaign launch in Lanao del Sur, including Marawi City, was done eight days later “due to the rising number of Corona Virus 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the province,” the regional Bureau of Public Information said.

A total of 115,632 infants and children age 9 to 59 months old in the province will be vaccinated alongside 27,660 in Marawi City, the BPI said.

Meanwhile, the just-launched three-year growth plan focuses on the 12-point priority agenda of the interim BARMM governance aimed at harmonizing current development plans in the autonomous region.

The regional plan was crafted after a series of “extensive planning workshops with the BARMM’s ministries, offices, and agencies, and consultations with civil society organizations and various stakeholders of the region,” the BPI said.

Chief Planner Ali said the plan aims to “uplift the lives of the Bangsamoro and establishment of the foundations of self-governance through moral governance.”

The plan was adopted by the Bangsamoro Economic and Development Council (BEDC) on June 5, 2020 and was later approved by the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Parliament on July 3, 2020, it was learned.

“Today marks another milestone as we launch the 1st BDP 2020-2022 which aims to accelerate the economic growth in BARMM region in line with the National Development plan,” said Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim.

“This Bangsamoro Development Plan is crafted to ensure our efforts for the next year 2021 will contribute to the achievement of the better future for the next generation of our people,” he said.

Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr., who earlier commended the BARMM government for adopting lately its most-awaited Administrative Code,  was represented in the Nov. 4 ceremony by Assistant Secretary Wilben Mayor.

“Our hats off to the BARMM Government, to the Bangsamoro Parliament, to the BEDC, and the BPDA for the hard work, dedication and determination you have shown as you fulfil your crucial mandate,” Galvez’s message said.

National Economic Development Plan (NEDA) Acting Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua, who was represented by OIC Undersecretary Mercidita Sombilla, said that NEDA is fully committed to support the implementations of all initiatives and strategies on the BDP, as well as the successful transition of the region for the development of BARMM.

BARMM Parliament members led by Speaker Pangalian Balindong Sr. alongside representatives from lineagencies and the European Union (EU), Australian Embassy, International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), The Asia Foundation (TAF), Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD) and United States AID (USAID) witnessed the Nov. 4 event.  (AGM)

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