COTABATO CITY—The roadmap to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic is being finalized, as the Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA) convened its Technical Working Group (TWG) on Wednesday.
Included in the Bangsamoro Response and Recovery Plan (BRRP) for Covid-19 Pandemic are the adaptation to new normal and gradual recovery while managing the potential risk of wider infection in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.
Accordingly, the four (4) Plan Objectives of BRRP are as follows:
- To provide a framework for socio-economic recovery following the new normal guidelines and health protocols;
- To ensure a harmonized and convergence approach in the implementation of policies and priority programs and projects to mitigate and recover from the effect of Covid-19;
- To rationalize and maximize the utilization of the Bangsamoro Government resources and other sources; and
- To provide measures in strengthening institutional safeguards against Covid-19 and the possible occurrence of the future emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases.
BPDA Bangsamoro Director General Engr. Mohajirin T. Ali stressed that the ministries and agencies have to review and justify their proposed programs and projects, especially the indicated budget.
“This is the reason why we have this meeting—to validate all of this things based doon sa documents natin […] we were able to project (roughly) a total of Php72 billion in three years,” Ali, who is also the BRP-TWG chairperson, said.
BRRP’s Priority Programs, Activities, Projects and Services (PAPS) for 2021-2022 include essential health services, social development, economic recovery, infrastrusture support, and good governance.
Moreover, BRRP’s framework is aligned with the Bangsamoro Development Plan’s goal, which aims to uplift of the lives of the Bangsamoro people and the establishment of the foundation of self-governance through moral governance.
The ministries and agencies are expected to submit their final review of programs and projects this Friday, Feb. 26 to BPDA.
Once finalized and polished, the plan shall be subject for the approval of the Bangsamoro Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) on Covid-19 and the Chief Minister. (Bangsamoro Information Office)