BLMI officers and staff undergo strategic planning in Davao City

Consistent with its commitment to the GPH-MILF Peace Process and the development of people in the proposed Bangsamoro new region, the Australian Government through the Philippines Australia Human Resource Organizational Development Facility (PAHRODF) organized and facilitated a Strategic Planning Workshop for officers and staff of the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) at Microtel Inn, Davao City from April 14 to 16, 2015.

The 20 participants headed by Executive Director Sheikh Mahmod Ahmad were mostly members of the BLMI Steering Committee, and the rest are volunteers that came from Cotabato City, Maguindanao, Basilan, Zamboanga City and Davao Region.

The PAHRODF has been helping the people of Mindanao since 2005 through capacitating human resources and enhancing their competence in managing organizations like BLMI. On November 19, 2014, the Facility conducted needs assessment of BLMI at its training center located at Crossing Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

On December 23, of the same year, the Facility presented its gathered data during the November 19 activity at BLMI to the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) headed by Chairman Mohagher Iqbal.

A joint PAHRODF-BLMI planning activity was made on January 12-13, 2015, and all their engagements’ outputs were submitted to the Australia‘s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on March 21. All these undertakings are contained in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the PAHRODF and BLMI.

During the brief opening program at 2pm on April 14 at MICROTEL, Mr. Warren Hoye, First Secretary of the Australian Embassy in Manila expressed the Australian Government’s continuing support to the GPH-MILF Peace Process and enhancing the competence and capacity of BLMI personnel. Australia is a member of the International Contact Group (ICG) that is overseeing the flow of the peace process between the GPH and the MILF.

The workshops were very challenging, but so enjoyable. The participants were grouped into four groups who seriously and meticulously did their assignments to come up with good outputs.

Mr. Roberto Bastillo from the Asian Institute of Management, the main facilitator was very articulate and clear on his presentations and supplemental suggestions that everyone admired and appreciated him so much. She was assisted by an equally intelligent, Ms. China Balagat, the Training Manager. The engagements were worth remembering as inputs from both facilitators as well as the outputs from the participants are valuable to the operation of the training institute.

Senior PAHRODF officers who arranged and managed the workshops were headed by Ms. Milalin S. Javellana, Facility Director and Ms. Ma. Theresa B.  Sarona, HRD Adviser.

The participants with the all-out support of the facilitators and the team from PAHRODF came up with a revised but brief Vision and Mission for BLMI. The BLMI goals and the strategies were also set and shall be submitted to the BLMI’s Board of Directors and the Oversight Committee for their review, comment and consideration.

When asked about what is next of line of activities for BLMI, Ms. Balagat said that they found it necessary for BLMI to develop training modules to make it more effective and efficient in its operations but this however is not yet final and subject to the outcome and approval of the workshops’ outputs.

On the second day, BTC Chairman Mohagher Iqbal dropped by the workshops session hall and made some suggestions to improve the vision-mission to make them suitable to the mandate and thrusts of the BLMI. He also briefed the participants on the current status of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), now in congress for deliberations.