8 ARMM LGUs set good models for development

January 12, 2011 12:52 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 12 — Eight municipalities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Tuesday received the regional 2010 ”Galing Pook” Award for innovative development practices, the Office of the Presidential Assistant on the Peace Process (OPAPP) reported.

The local government units are the towns of Upi in Maguindanao, Wao in Lanao del Sur, Sultan Mastura in Maguindanao, Kapatagan in Lanao del Sur and Bongao in Tawi-Tawi and the province of Sulu and the Southwestern Ligawasan Alliance of Municipalities,

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo was present at the award ceremonies in Zamboanga City and said the news is positive for ARMM.

“Much has been done in the ARMM, but what we have always been reading in the news are negative things,” he stated, stressing that the Galing Pook Awards is an opportunity to showcase “what the ARMM officials can do and has done” to help their municipalities rise above poverty and conflict.

The Galing Pook Awards has been recognizing best practices by LGUs around the country since 1993. It has been adopted in the ARMM to highlight innovations and excellence in local governance in the region.

ARMM Gov. Ansaruddin Alonto Adiong, who was also in the event, said in his message that the recognition is an ARMM milestone.

“I hope that other municipalities all over the country will follow the awardees’ examples and embrace good governance.” He awarded each awardee with P500,000 worth of development projects.

The project in Upi, titled, “Project Rendaw” (Teduray word for light), helped make readers of seven out of 10 students.

Here, parents, local government officials, the indigenous community, armed forces, business sector and the Muslims and Christian religious leaders work hand-in-hand to provide quality education.

To engage all sectors of Upi, the LGU conducted education summits to enable the community to agree on a shared vision for the town’s children.

In the Kapatagan project, the LGU initiated a peace-building project dubbed, “Tulay sa Kalilintad” (Bridge to Peace) that was able to transform a ‘no man’s land’ into a progressive municipality.

The project united local government, civil society organizations, non-government organizations, the military, armed groups and communities to prioritize peace through the formation of the Kapatagan Municipal Inter-Agency Committee.

The Committee spearheaded development projects in the area and reinforcing dispute settlement through traditional conflict resolution practices.

The Sulu LGU, on the other hand, developed the Sulu Area Coordinating Center where the local government, various line agencies, civil society organizations, military and police can converge not just to manage the impact of military actions on civilians, but to pursue peace-building initiatives, socio-economic development, as well as disaster response and relief operations.(PNA)

LDV/GJB

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