GENERAL SANTOS CITY— To monitor the effectiveness of its service delivery and recognize its milestones, three flagship programs (FSP) of the Office of the Chief Minister (OCM) underwent a rigorous assessment on July 12-14.
The programs included the AMBAG (Ayudang Medikal mula sa Bangsamoro Government) – which provides hospital assistance to indigent Bangsamoro patients within and outside the region, KAPYANAN (Kapayapaan sa Pamayanan) – provides core shelters to the poorest of the poor in the region, and the TABANG (Tulong Alay sa Bangsamorong Nangangailangan) – which facilitates the direct and immediate extension of basic services and assistance to the Bangsamoro people.
In his opening remarks during the activity held in this city, OCM Technical Management Service (TMS) Director Windel Diangcalan said the “assessment is crucial in the timely, efficient, and accountable delivery of the OCM flagship programs”.
“It allows us to reflect on the issues and challenges around implementation, make informed decisions, document, and scale-up best practices. The exercise supports Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim’s call for ‘moral governance’,” Diangcalan added.
With assistance from the SUBATRA (Suporta sa Bangsamoro Transition) Programme, a pool of consultants was commissioned last month to initiate data gathering, document review, and site visits to verify and assess the progress and implementation of the FSPs.
The assessment was based on the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of the three FSPs. Though there were areas for improvement, Diangcalan shared that the programs are highly relevant in the Bangsamoro context.
“In terms of relevance, talagang kailangang-kailangan natin itong FSPs, pero meron din tayong mga identified areas na dapat pa talagang ma-improve,” Diancalan explained.
In one of the results of the assessment, KAPYANAN showed potential to contribute in reducing rural poverty at the household level.
“OCM flagship program is a public investment. Hopefully it can provide huge impact sa community, maramdaman at makatulong upang mabago yung kabuhayan ng ating mga kababayan,” Diangcalan explained.
He further elaborated that TMS is exerting all its effort to ensure that Chief Minister’s flagship programs will benefit the Bangsamoro people.
The FSP assessment was supported by SUBATRA — a five-year program funded by the European Union in the Philippines which aims to contribute to the smooth and timely implementation of the transition, through capacity building of the three branches of the Bangsamoro Government. (Abdullah Matucan/BIO)