BARMM bureaucracy undergoes performance review

By Ali G. Macabalang

COTABATO CITY – Ministries and offices comprising the bureaucracy of the Bangsamoro autonomous region have been subjected to a comprehensive performance review meant to ensure their efficient service deliveries and administrative operations envisioned in a regional thrust called DAPAT, officials said.

Photo above is a Bangsamoro Information Office-supplied photo, showing BARMM Cabinet Secretary Mohd Asnin Pendatun interviewing some representatives of offices and ministries under evaluation.

DAPAT stands for Directives, Accomplishments, and Performance Assessment Tracking, a comprehensive review institutionalized under Memorandum Order No. 045 issued by the Office of the Chief Minister (OCM) in 2019 upon the establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) bureaucracy.

It was specifically conceived to evaluate the organizational and fiscal operations of all BARMM ministries and offices, including their implementation of the Bangsamoro Administrative Code. Generally, it is meant for the government-of-the-day of BARMM to make the difference in the evolution of autonomy in Muslim Mindanao, officials said.

The latest leg of DAPAT assessment meetings started on March 7 until March 18, with a panel composed of OCM Cabinet Secretary Mohd Asnin Pendatun, Budget and Finance Minister Ubaida Pacasem, Regional Chief Planner Mohajirin Ali, and BARMM Attorney-General Sha Elijah Dumama-Alba, the Bangsamoro Information Office (BIO) said.

“We are doing this event to assess their (BARMM ministries’ and offices’) performances for the past fiscal years. We would like to know how they fared physically and financially,” Budget Director Tahma Sanglitan, representing Minister Pacasem, was quoted as saying.

DAPAT’s built-in protocols can determine the performance level of the ministries and offices vis-à-vis their mandates and functions as well as their budget allocations, Sanglitan said in a BIO statement.

Officials and representatives of evaluated ministries and offices have corroborated the essence of the performance review, saying it can greatly help them improve their performance.

“Participating in this event is favorable to us since we can also evaluate our performance in the preceding year,” lawyer Abdul Rashid Kalim, chair of the Bangsamoro Human Rights Commission (BHRC), said.

Sources from the OCM said Chief Minister Ahod “Hadji Murad” Ebrahim was “enthusiastic about the review as he even advocated for the inclusion of his office among those being evaluated.”

The evaluation panel was reportedly inclined to formally commend at the end of the review the ministries and offices that performed well in the implementation of their budgets, parallel to their physical accomplishments. (AGM)

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