Enhanced skills for DAR ARMM planners

In order to come up with a plan that will serve as a blueprint for change, DAR ARMM conducted a 5-day planning skills training at Basilan Hall, RELC Building, ORG Compound, Cotabato City, last November 21 to 25.

Planning officers from the five provincial offices of ARMM namely DARPO Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao gathered with the regional office planning team.

Emmanuelle Protasio, the invited resource speaker from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) discussed the importance of planning. She stipulated that planning is what allows for the intended results to be achieved. At the same time, a good planning provides for an efficient monitoring and evaluation of results, explained by Protasio.

“Planning is not enough, we must give importance in discussing the strategy and having a strategic management unit.” She added.
Protasio reinforced the planner’s knowledge not only in planning but also on phases of implementation, monitoring and evaluation. She added that these are integral part of activities which should also be kept in mind for they are also being accomplished by the department.

A workshop followed the lectures where Protasio requested the planners to list down the stakeholders involved in the implementation of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). She emphasized that planning must be inclusive. She points out, aside from focusing on the welfare of the Agrarian Reform Partners (ARPs) in coming up plans, every stakeholders must be included to avert the occurrence of hindrances in the implementation of programs.

Protasio then proceeded introducing the logical framework approach (LFA), a systematic and participatory approach for project planning, monitoring, and evaluation. It is an analytical tool which transforms ideas into plan of actions.

To be capacitated as planners, sharing of knowledge on planned out activities is key to achieving desired results. It is in accordance with the logical framework, assuring a smooth and free-flowing coordination between provincial offices and the region.

Planning, monitoring and evaluation (PME) is the core measure of performance. Every processes of the activity goes through this specific branch of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (PMEU). Moreover, PMEU monitors the progress of activities being implemented and evaluates the compliance of the implementers of the program.

Part of the training was also briefing the planners on “Policy Direction and Road Map 2016” of DAR ARMM under the leadership of Regional Secretary Amihilda J. Sangcopan. The presentation was given by Noemi P. Barretto, Chief-of-Staff of the regional office. In her presentation, she shared the agency’s priorities for 2016 and 2017. She explains further that the strategic plan of DAR ARMM is leaning towards the development of ARPs based on the situational analysis of the Road Map 2016.

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