8 Maguindanao cooperatives receive livestock projects from ARMM-HELPS

COTABATO CITY – Livestock projects funded by the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance Synergy (ARMM-HELPS) Program have been formally turned over on March 14 to eight cooperatives in Maguindanao province.

The turnover ceremony was led by ARMM’s Agriculture Secretary Alexander G. Alonto, Jr. and Oskie Mohammad on behalf Director Anwar Upahm of ARMM- HELPS Project Management Office. The beneficiary cooperatives, represented by their respective chairmen, received certificates of livestock ownership, farm equipment, and project inputs.

Hadja Susan Unggel, Regional Department of Agriculture ARMM’s (DA-ARMM) focal person on the program, said each livestock project costs P1 million. The entire project covers 28 heads of cattle, cattle shed, forage and two-hectare pasture land, four rolls of hogwire, a roll of barbwire, provision of farm inputs and a training program for each cooperative.

The beneficiaries of livestock projects are as follows:

  • Pagalungan Water Refilling Consumers Cooperative in Pagalungan;
  • Bongo Island Livestock Development Multipurpose Cooperative in Tagudtungan, Parang;
  • Romongaob Farmers Marketing Cooperative in South Upi;
  • Kadtabanga sa Dalpa Producers Cooperative;
  • Cabayuan Farmers Marketing Cooperative in Buldon;
  • Pagkakaisa Women’s  Producers Cooperative in Datu Abdullah Sangki;
  • Tamar Kalilintad Farmers Producers Cooperative in Talayan; and
  • Bangsamoro Lapok Producers Cooperative in Shariff Aguak.


ARMM-HELPS is a convergence initiative of the regional government and is regarded as the centerpiece of the Hataman administration, which has been pursuing the program’s livelihood component through the DA-ARMM and other regional line agencies. (Bureau of Public Information)

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Hon. M. S. Hataman received a Certificate of Appreciation from Aces Polytechnic College  President/CEO, Dr. F. P. de la Peña, Jr. and witnessed by Hon. Jose L. Silvosa, Sr., City Mayor of Panabo, Hon. Victoriano Suaybaguio, Vice Governor, Davao Province, Director Anwar Upahm of ARMMHELPS,  and Ms. Violeta K. de la Peña.

ARMM-HELPS Distribution of Medicine and Birthing Facilities



ARMM-HELPS distributed medicine and birthing facilities to 19 barangays in Lanao Del Sur and Maguindanao on December 3, 2014. The  ceremony was held at NEDA Bldg.ORG Compound.

            Lanao Del Sur                                                                                                              

  1. Poblacion
  1. Malaig
  1. Somiorang
  1. Bago-Ingud
  1. Rantian
Ditsaan Ramain
  1. Sugod
Bacolod Kalawi
  1. Mapantao
  1. Taliogon
  1. Cabingan
  1. Borrowa


  1. Samberen
  1. Lipawan
  1. Pandag
  1. Pura
Datu Blah Sinsuat
  1. Katibpuan
  1. Tubak
  1. Baital
Rajah Buayan
  1. Dulangan
Datu Odin Sinsuat
  1. Bugabungan


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In preparation for the implementation of 2015 ARMM – HELPS Program, ARMM Executive Secretary Atty. Laisa M. Alamia, Synergy Head, called for a synergy meeting to finalize the criteria and menu for  the selection of 2015 ARMM-HELPS barangay beneficiaries.

The synergy meeting was held at OES Meeting Hall on January 12, 2015. It was attended by Anwar A. Upahm, Program Manager of ARMM-HELPS Project Management Office, respective heads and focal persons of synergy cluster from different regional agencies namely Dr. Kadil M. Sinolinding, Jr., Regional Secretary of Department of Health (DOH )-ARMM for Health component, Hon. Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman Regional Secretary of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-ARMM for Livelihood component, Atty. Jamar M. Kulayan Regional Secretary of Department of Education (DepEd)-ARMM for Education, Abdillah A. Maung, Focal Person of DepEd-ARMM, Atty. Anwar A. Malang, Regional Secretary of Department of Interior Local Government (DILG)-ARMM for Peace and Governance, Khalid S. Dumagay, Chief LGDD of DILG-ARMM , Engr. Danilo A. Ong, Engineer V of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-ARMM, Melanie M. Indar, Project Officer V and Engr. Baintan A. Ampatuan, Executive Director of Regional Planning Development Office (RPDO)-ARMM.

The PMO conducted a series of Community Consultations and Focus Group Discussions


Ground breaking ceremony at Barangay Balas in Lamitan City, Basilan.

Part and parcel of the Peace and Governance component of ARMM-HELPS is the construction of government centers such as Barangay Hall, multi-purpose building, market or bagsakan, community learning centers, housing or core shelters, among others for all the target barangays. The PMO conducted a series of Community Consultations and Focus Group Discussions with the Barangay Local Government Unit officials and representatives from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to recognize the needs of the community and subsequently, to identify the specific infrastructure projects that will correspond to their needs.

ARMM-HELPS PMO had conducted a series of livelihood assessment



Livelihood Assessment and validation in the Province of Tawi-Tawi, June 10, 2014

One of the objectives of ARMM-HELPS Program is to improve the capability of the economically active poor to transform their labor resources into income through the creation of micro-enterprises thereby resulting in their socio-economic upliftment above the marginal status. The attainment of this core objective will be made possible through the convergence of different agencies and other partners concerned with the providence of livelihood assistance and programs to the constituents of ARMM in the barangay level. ARMM-HELPS PMO had conducted a series of livelihood assessment and validation in the five provinces of ARMM. In these activities, Barangay Local Government Unit leaders and beneficiary cooperatives were gathered for Focus Group Discussions to identify among themselves, with the aid of the PMO staff, the livelihood projects that will fit in to their economic activity. These projects must be directly granted to cooperative beneficiaries registered at the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) to ensure the authenticity of the existence of the

Education Cluster

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To increase the access of quality education in the region, there was a pre-assessment of the existence of schools conducted in the 53 target barangays of ARMM-HELPS with the assistance of the Department of Education (Deped) as the head of the Education Cluster. The assessment showed that among the 53 officially selected barangays, 6 are without schools. This assessment was used as the baseline data of the ARMM-HELPS Project Management Office in partnership with DepEd as head of the the Education Cluster for the formulation of plans, programs and strategies under the Education Component.

With reference to the ARMM-HELPS Fiscal Year 2014 budget, a total of Twenty One Million Two Hundred Twenty Thousand Pesos (Php 21,200,000.00) is allotted for the implementation of key projects under the Education component which includes the distribution of Early Child Care and Development (ECCD) kits, hygiene kits, and furniture packages to the beneficiary schools located in the target barangays of the program.

In compliance with the government procurement system, the amount apportioned for the purchase of the aforementioned items for the education component required the conduct of a bidding process. This will unfortunately delay the planned fast-track implementation target for 2014.

The bidding process was simultaneously started with that of the procurement of items under the health component projects. However, there was a predicament in the bid documents as these were studied and scrutinized by the Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) and ARMM-HELPS Education Component Technical Working Group (TWG). They stressed out the inadequacy of specifications of some items to be procured. Nevertheless, the ARMM-HELPS PMO is still looking forward to solve this issue. Coordination and reconciliation with the Department of Education must be done for this matter. The PMO is also conisdering the rehabilitation plan such as fencing, repainting among others for the most in-need and dilapidated schools in the barangays.

Hand-over initial medicines to Barangay



Sec. Jojo Sinolinding hand-over initial medicines to Barangay Tumahubong in Sumisip, Basilan with RG Hataman as part of health package program of ARMM HELPS


The above assessment also indicated that out of 53 target barangays, 17 barangays have no Barangay Health Stations. Nevertheless, they have existing Rural Health Units. Given the instance that the allocated funds for the acquisition of the equipments for the Maternity Care Package (Birthing facilities) and assorted medicines through bidding will not be fully exhausted, the PMO is considering plans for the construction of approximately 7 Health centers among the 17 barangays and purchase of ARMM HELPS Ambulance.