9 Maguindanao cooperatives receive livelihood seed fund


Cotabato City (October 7, 2016) – Nine cooperatives in the province of Maguindanao received P170,000 each as seed money to start business ventures such as bakeshop and water refilling station under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s (ARMM) livelihood assistance programs.

The seed money was released to the cooperatives after memoranda of agreement (MOA) were signed here on Thursday, October 7, by officials of the region’s Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ARMM); Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Synergy (ARMM-HELPS) program; and the recipient cooperatives. The projects are funded by ARMM-HELPS.

Program manager Anwar Upahm said ARMM-HELPS serves as the banner initiative of the present leadership for more coordinated and focused interventions at the local level. “It targets to achieve integrated delivery of services at the barangay level,” Upahm said.

Myra Mangkabung, DOST-ARMM secretary, said the seed money covers P100,000 as capital fund and the remaining P70,000 will be used to renovate and improve livelihood sites.

Members of cooperatives, Sec. Mangkabung said, will undergo training on their chosen livelihood and on financial transactions such as utilization of fund, income, and expenses, among others.

Evangelista Julio, 50, chairperson of Rempes GAD Recipient Producers Cooperative, said the seed money and the training provided by the program will equip them to achieve successful and sustainable operation of their business.
“Kung dati simpleng tinapay lang ang kaya namin ma-produce, ngayon alam na namin na pagkatapos ng training, makagagawa na rin kami ng mas maraming uri ng tinapay,” Julio said. “Matututo pa kami paano humawak ng pera at magpatakbo ng negosyo,” he added.

The cooperative is based in Barangay Rempes in the town of North Upi and the only existing cooperative in the barangay. Rempes GAD Recipient Producers Cooperative started this year, with 52 members.

The DOST-ARMM will procure the facilities and equipment needed for the projects. After roughly less than three months, the cooperatives are expected to be fully equipped and their business fully operational.

The other eight cooperatives that received assistance are as follows:
• United Bangsamoro Women’s Pamana Livelihood Marketing Cooperative in Datu Paglas;
• Sarmiento Women Advocate Business Enterprise Cooperative in Parang;
• Muhya Water Refilling Consumers’ Cooperative in Sultan Mastura;
• Marang Barira Consumers’ Cooperative in Barira;
• Nuyo Water Spring Service Cooperative in Buldon;
• Kabingi Upland Farmers’ Marketing Cooperative in Datu Saudi Ampatuan;
• Malatimon Women Consumers’ Cooperative in Ampatuan; and
• Mother Poblacion Water Refilling Station in Shariff Aguak.

Sec. Mangkabung said livelihood projects will serve as a way to combat poverty and boost economic status of members of target cooperatives in the region.

The signatories in the MOA were Sec. Mangkabung; Johnny Evangelista, officer-in-charge chief of DOST-ARMM technical services division; Butocan Langalen, ARMM-HELPS focal person for Maguindanao; and the chairmen of each cooperative

Former Abu Sayyaf Camp turn-over ceremony in Basilan


ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, Basilan Governor Jim Saliman and Lt. Col. Ernest John Jadloc, battalion commander of the 74th Infantry Battalion (IB), led a turn-over ceremony on Sunday morning, September 18, marking the restoration of government authority in a former stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Barangay Baguindan, Tipo-Tipo, Basilan.

The military, overran the ASG camp in the area on 12 August as part of the government crackdown against the terror group. It was also meant to help bring back government authority and social services.

Gov. Hataman called for unity among the hundreds of residents present during the ceremony. He urged them to live together in harmony and to help foster a long lasting peace.

After the ceremony, the ARMM government conducted a People’s Day to provide free services such as medical consultation, dental and eye check-up, and distribution of hygiene kits.

The region’s humanitarian emergency action response team (ARMM-HEART) provided also relief packs to 1,574 families in Barangay Baguindan and Barangay Silangkum and in Al-Barka town.

Present during the event were ARMM Regional Vice-Governor Haroun Alrashid Lucman Jr., Anak Mindanao partylist representative Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman, Mayor Arcam Istarul of Tipo-Tipo town and other ARMM officials. (Bureau of Public Information)



DILG-ARMM Finalized its Three-Year Plan cum General Orientation on Integrated Capacity Development Program for ARMM-HELPS Barangays, FY 2016


Officers and technical staff of DILG-ARMM geared up its General Orientation on Integrated Capacity Development Program for ARMM-HELPS Barangays for the year 2016 and Finalization of its Three-Year Plan at the Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City on August 26-28, 2016.


DILG-ARMM was one of the members of ARMM Convergence Agencies to cater the basic serves to the piloted barangays under Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao-Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance and Synergy (ARMM-HELPS) in the Region, and it was task to deliver various training, seminars (CapDev) to target barangay officials for them to be active and functional.

Present in the activity were the DILG-ARMM Assistant Regional Secretary, Director III, Directors of Technical Staff and Staff Support Services, Division Chiefs of Admin, Finance, LGDD and LGOD, Regional Focal Persons, Provincial Directors and Technical Staff.

Workshops were conducted to come out with strategies on sustainability of the programs and projects, to wit: formulation of implementing strategies by province and operating unit, action planning, and designing monitoring template.

“There are no bad ideas because all ideas when put together would lead to better prospective,” said the DILG-ARMM Regional Secretary, Atty. Noor Hafizullah “Kirby” M. Abdullah.
“We are here to really finalize the roadmap,” Assistant Regional Secretary, Dr. Sharifa Pearlsia A. Dans, said. “Our department is the sole department with the duty of ensuring the Local Government Units (LGUs) to be functional,” she added.

During the activity, the ARMM-HELPS Capacity Development Program was presented before the participants by Alibaer M. Pangandaman, LGOO V and the ARMM-HELPS Regional Focal Person. Manang M. Makalingkang, Chief, Finance and Management Division, next discussed and clarified the concerns regarding cash advances and liquidation processes.

During open forum and critiquing of the output of the workshops, it was brought and agreed that: (a) there was a need of change for the betterment of the department; (b) there was a need to address the communication gap between the regional office and the provincial offices; and, (c) there was a need to update the department’s operation manual.

ARMM-HELPS PMO continues partnership with Line Agencies


In a meeting held last August 1, 2016, at ARMM-HELPS office, Project Director Anwar Upahm consulted partner line agencies thru their Focal Persons regarding ARMM-HELPS Activities and 2015-2016 Reports.

Director Upahm stressed for a regular meeting  to be  able to fast track latest updates, accomplishments and implementations.

DOH, BFAR, DILG, DepEd, BME, DAF, DSWD, DPWH, TESDA, CDA, RPDO, DOST, DTI and ARMM-HEART of the ARMM Region are among its Partner agencies.

Presentation of the PMO accomplishments, implementations and updates for 2014-2016 reports were discussed with corresponding Line Agencies updates.


DOST-ARMM HELPS Conducted Training and Turn-over of 3 Projects in Basilan


The DOST-ARMM HELPS Program conducted trainings and turn-over of 3 projects in 3 barangays in Basilan last April 5-12, 2016. The projects, all bakeries, and the beneficiary-cooperatives and barangays are as follows: Switch Yakal Bakery Project, Switch Yakal, Lantawan implemented by Switch Yakal Development Consumers Cooperative; Baja Bakery Project, Baja, Tipo-Tipo, implemented by Baja Kahapan Consumers Cooperative; and Pintasan Bakery Project, Pintasan, Mohammad Ajul implemented by Pusaka Sin Pintasan Agri-Business Consumers Cooperative.

The project beneficiaries/cooperative members were trained on bread, cake and pastry-making by resource persons from the Mindanao Autonomous College Foundation Incorporated (MACFI). They were also trained by DOST-ARMM technical staff on Basic Food Safety as mandated under Republic Act No. 10611 of the Food Safety Act of 2013, food safety hazards basic hand washing and Halal. The turn-over of projects were witnessed by local government officials, partner agencies and other stakeholders. HELPS is an acronym that stands for Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Security and Synergy. It is a priority project of the regional government under Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman, to provide basic intervention to the poor and depressed areas in the ARMM.

The DOST-ARMM is implementing the Livelihood Component of the Program and targets poor and geographically isolated and depressed areas or GIDA communities. For ARMM HELPS 2015, 9 are bakery projects located at Badja, Tipo-tipo, Pintasan, Hji. Mohammad Ajul, Switch Yakal, Lantawan all in Basilan; Poblacion, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi; Puukan Laminusa, Siasi, San Raymundo, Jolo, Walled City, Jolo, Bilaan Pob., Talipao, and Baligtang, Pandami, all in Sulu; 2 Organic Fertilizer or Vermi-Composting:Organic Fertilizer Production projects located atBrgy. Radapan Pob., Piagapo and Brgy. Daguan, Kapatagan, Lanao del Sur; and 3 Mat Weaving Projects located at Balimbing, P.Sugala; Unas-Unas, S. Ubian and Tong Tampakan, S. Ubian, all in Tawi-Tawi with a total project cost of 12.6 million pesos. -IO