COTABATO CITY — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has sent representatives from line agencies and local government units (LGUs) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to Dhaka, Bangladesh, for a “learning visit.”
Two of them were Director General Eng’r Khalid Dumagay of the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) and Director General Rosslaini A. Sinarimbo representing the Ministry of Trade, Investments and Tourism (MTIT).
Dumagay and Sinarimbo are from the Localizing e-Governance for the Accelerated Provision of Services (LeAPS) core team of their respective ministry as well as representatives of other BARMM ministries and local government unit (LGU) beneficiaries. The learning visit was from June 6-10, 2022.
The learning visit initiated and mediated by the UNDP familiarized the BARMM team with the transformative digital program of Bangladesh which started as a partnership program with UNDP’s Access to Information (A2i) program.
LeAPS is a project of the MILG supported by the UNDP which is geared towards the transformation in local governance in BARMM by opening up governance, enabling citizens to capitalize on the benefits of improved access to services and information, community enterprise development, and skills development. Implemented in 2020. LeAPS aims to provide digital solutions to respond to the gaps in public service delivery in the region.
The Bangsamoro region is made up of the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, and the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi, as well as the Special Geographic Area (SGA) made up of 63 barangays or villages in North Cotabato that opted to be under BARMM jurisdiction. North Cotabato itself is not part of the region.
As a new political entity (NPE), the BARMM was established through the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to implement the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) under the administration of President Rodolfo R. Duterte, said to be the architect of the BARMM’s establishment. (/)
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