BARMM KEY PRIORITY AREAS MAY TURN TO FIVE TO INCLUDE FSN

The participants of the June 16-18, 2020 ‘Finalization Writeshop of the BARMM Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) Roadmap’, applauded as they heard statements of strong support from the MAFAR and Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA) executives.

Having acknowledged the need for sustainable food system in the Bangsamoro especially during this COVID-19 pandemic, Director General Engr. Mohajirin T. Ali of the Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA) said, the FSN may be included in the key priority areas of the Bangsamoro Government to take the slot with education, health, social welfare, and strategic infrastructure.

Held at the Conference Hall of the World Food Programme of the United Nations (UN-WFP) in Cotabato City, the three-day writeshop was exhaustively participated by the 14 working writers from the MAFAR, BPDA, and UN-WFP.

As the champion of the development of the FSN, Minister Mohammad S. Yacob of MAFAR, expressed his gratitude to the UN-WFP and BPDA for the invaluable assistance throughout the process of completing the roadmap. “This is our dream for the Bangsamoro and to make this come true, we will provide all possible assistance from material to human support”, the MAFAR Chief said.

The activity made it possible for the writing team to finish 11 sessions for the finetuning of the vision, mission, goals, frameworks, capacity needs mapping, and the eight dimensions with emphasis on the emerging issues and the identified strategies for resolution.

The writing workshops were mainly facilitated by Dr Mishael Q. Argonza, himself, Head of the UN-WFP Cotabato City Sub-Office, assisted by Salembai A. Abdullah, OIC-Chief of MAFAR Information and Communication Technology Section (ICTS), Catherine M. Panahon, UN-WFP Programme Associate (Information Management and Operational Reporting), and UN-WFP Monitoring Assistants Fahima Abdulaziz, Daren D. Española, and Czarina M. Kunso.

Abdulaziz presented the guides for identifying the performance indicators, which will enable the proponents to precisely measure the attainment of every strategy or activity under the FSN.

The group has simultaneously and interactively identified seven FSN Roadmap Key Result Areas (KRAs) and their connectivity to the eight dimensions including the lead, key implementing and resource agencies.

In the middle of the workshops, Dr Argonza reiterated, from time to time, the significance of putting in place the convergence among the agencies and the establishment of institutions to steer the actual execution of the FSN roadmap that serves as concrete guide in realizing the vision of self-reliant, food secure, and resilient Bangsamoro.

Engr. Ismail A. Guiamel, Assistant to the MAFAR Minister for Operations synthesized the three-day activity and shared the ways forward for the finalization of the FSN Roadmap.

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