BARMM steps-up monitoring, evaluation system efforts

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COTABATO CITY — The Bangsamoro Government in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is stepping up the region’s monitoring and evaluation system as it officially launches on Thursday, July 22, the Bangsamoro Development Tracker (BDT).

Engr. Mohajirin T. Ali, Director General for Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA), said the ‘tracker’ is an interactive dashboard of the 1st Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) 2020-2022 in a virtual and engaging manner.

“It was technically developed with set of tools to make the data submission easier for ministries, offices, and agencies (MOAs) and integrate it as part of BARMM’s strategic operation,” Ali said.

Ali explained that the dashboard shall feature updated macroeconomic trends, updates on the 1st BDP, speed up consolidation of reports, as well as scaling up monitoring and evaluation system of the various programs, projects, and activities of the ministries, offices, and agencies in the region.

The establishment and launching of the dashboard were spearheaded by BPDA’s Macro-economic Planning Division (MEPD) in cooperation with the UNDP.

Ali emphasized the BPDA’s efforts in performing its mandate as the technical secretariat and executive arm of the Bangsamoro Government.

“Specifically, we aim to speed up the process of the consolidation of reports and would like to resort to online tracking, monitoring, and reporting,” Ali stressed.

In his message, BARMM Cabinet Secretary Mohd Asnin K. Pendatun encouraged all the MOA workers to efficiently utilize this new platform towards achieving a strong databank management system in the BARMM.

“Let’s make the most out of this platform. It will help us surely in delivering, making the work, making the operations of our ministries efficient in coming up with more responsive programs, and to be more consistent really in the moral governance being advanced by this regional government,” he stressed.

Pendatun commended the joint efforts of the BPDA and the UNDP for this initiative as support to the continuing efforts for the digitization of the Bangsamoro Government. This will also improve the communication among the MOAs amidst the ongoing pandemic crisis.

Meanwhile, UNDP’s Senior Policy Advisor Yemesrach Workie and Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA BARMM) Civil Registration and Administrative Support Division Chief Engr. Akan G. Tula delivered their messages of support to BARMM’s establishment of the BDT dashboard.

Attendees during the launching were BARMM Cabinet Secretary Mohd Asnin K. Pendatun, BPDA Deputy Director General Engr. Amil J. Abubakar, representatives from the Ministries of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR), Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE), Finance, and Budget and Management (MFBM), Interior and Local Government (MILG), Social Services and Development (MSSD), Trade, Investment and Tourism MTIT), Indigenous People’s Affairs (MIPA), Human Settlements and Development (MHSD), Public Order and Safety (MPOS), Transportation and Communication (MOTC), Labor and Employment (MOLE), Public Works (MPW), Science and Technology (MOST), Bangsamoro Human Rights Commission (BHRC), Development Academy of the Bangsamoro (DAB), Bangsamoro Darul Ifta’ (BDI), Office of the Chief Minister-Technical Management Services (OCM-TMS), National Nutrition Council (NNC-BARMM), Bangsamoro Women’s Commission (BWC), Bangsamoro Commission for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (BCPCH), Tulong Alay sa Bangsamorong Nangangailangan (Project TABANG), Kapayapaan sa Pamayanan (KAPYANAN-BARMM), and Marawi Rehabilitation Program-Project Management Office (MRP-PMO). (BPDA-BARMM)