MOTC-BARMM taps 50 donated desktops for digital ops
By Ali G. Macabalang
The Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MoTC) of the Bangsamoro government will digitalize the management of revenue generations of its attached agencies, tapping initially 50 units donated by civic groups this month.
“One of our focal thrusts this year is operational digitalization, a method (regarded as) effective tool in handling the administrative and organization operations of our ministry,” MoTC Minister Dickson P. Hermoso told the Philippine Muslim Today news in an interview by phone Wednesday, March 17.
Hermoso, a retired military colonel and former assistant secretary in the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP), said he will harness the 50 desktops donated to his ministry for initial digitalization thrust.
The desktops were handed over to MoTC in symbolic rite here on March 9 between Hermoso and Dr. Lucio Ceniza, head of the Brown Font PR Agency and past (2016-17) national president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, shortly after the donor paid courtesy call to BARMM Chief Minister Ahod “Hadji Murad” Ebrahim.
Hermoso said he earmarked the proportional distribution of the desktop computers to the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Maritime Industry Authority (Marina), Civil Aviation Authority for Bangsamoro (CAAB), and Regional Port Management Authority (RPMA), among others.
He said all such recipient agencies are revenue generating under the supervision of the MoTC, and their “collection recording ought to be digitalized to optimize efficiency and minimize or eradicate any tendency of pilferage.”
Such agencies have been devolved in principle to BARMM through the MoTC, but DOTC Secretary Arthur Tugade has yet to sign the agreement on formal devolution with the regional leadership on March 27.
“The ceremonial signing will form part of highlights for the commemoration on March 27, the date when Malacañang and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in 2014,” Hermosa enthused.
The CAB is one of two GPH-MILF major peace deals that served as basis for Congress to legislate R.A. 11054 or Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), which established the BARMM in replacement of the 29-year old Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
In an earlier interview, Minister Hermoso laughed off insinuations by some quarters that his being Christian member of the BARMM cabinet was affront to patronizing professionals among the Bangsamoro.
“On the contrary, my appointment by Chief Minister Ebrahim has in fact given more meaning to the MILF leadership that its interim rule in the autonomous region would characterize inclusive governance,” he said.
“(My appointment is) holds true to the essence of the Bangsamoro inclusivity — that it is a convergence of Muslim, Christian, and IP (indigenous peoples) communities,” said Hermoso, a Cotabato City-born professional. AGM