TITLE XVIII
DEVELOPMENT PLANNING AND ASSISTANCE

 

Chapter 1
Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO)

 

SECTION 1. Declaration of Policy. - The Autonomous Regional Government (ARG)
shall promote and formulate comprehensive and integrated regional urban and rural development policies, plans, programs, and projects responsive to the needs, aspirations, and values of the people in the autonomous region. It shall also provide equitable opportunities for the development of every province, city, municipality, and barangay within its jurisdiction and shall strengthen their existing planning bodies to ensure wider public participation.

         In support of the foregoing, the ARG shall maximize access to foreign development assistance to promote and accelerate development in the region.

 

SEC. 2. Mandate. - The Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO) is the socio-economic planning office of Autonomous Regional Government. It shall also be responsible for accessing foreign block grants, donations, endowments and other forms of socio-economic aid from Official Development Assistance (ODA).

 

SEC. 3. Powers and Functions. – The Regional Planning and Development Office shall be the technical arm of the Regional Economic and Development Planning Board (REDPB). In addition, it shall exercise powers and functions through its line services, as follows:

 

(1)

The Policy, Planning, Programming and Development Services shall:

 

 

 

(a)

Evaluate and review proposed programs and projects for consideration by the Regional Economic and Development Planning Board;

(b)

Monitor and assess the programs and project implementation in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao;

(c)

Serve as the Technical Secretariat of the Regional Economic and Development Planning Board in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao;

(d)

Provide technical assistance to implementing agencies in the Autonomous Region in identifying and developing regional programs and projects;

(e)

Coordinate and provide technical assistance to the regional office of other departments and agencies in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects;

(f)

Provide technical assistance to the local government units in areas of development planning and project cycle management;

(g)

Coordinate, monitor and evaluate all local and foreign assisted projects in the region;

(h)

Coordinate local and foreign scholarships in the region; and

(i)

Manage and administer special ODA and locally funded programs and projects of the ARG;

 

 

(2)

The ODA Services shall:

 

 

(a)

Formulate and undertake approved strategies to access ODA programs and projects;

 

 

(b)

Establish and maintain a projects;
database of existing and pipeline ODA-accessed

 

 

(c)

Monitor the status and progress of implementation of the ODA-accessed projects based on the terms and conditions in the agreements;

 

 

(d)

Recommend appropriate action to resolve or mitigate problems, if any, in the implementation of programs and projects based on the terms and conditions in the agreements and/or agreed plans as the case maybe, in coordination with concerned regional and national government agencies and other project implementers and stakeholders;

 

 

(e)

Submit regular reports on the accessed Development Assistance to the Office of the Regional Governor; and

 

 

(f)

Perform such other functions as may be provided by law.

 

 

 

 

SEC. 4. Organizational Structure. - The Regional Planning and Development Office is composed of the Office of the Executive Director, the Office of the Director III, the Office of the Director II for Policy, Planning, Programming and Development Services and the divisions under it, the Office of the Director II for ODA Services and the divisions under it, and the Administrative and Finance Division.

 

The Policy, Planning, Programming and Development Services shall be composed of the
following divisions:

 

(1)

Plans and Policy Formulation Division;

 

(2)

Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division;

 

(3)

Knowledge Management Division; and

 

(4)

Project Development, Investment Programming, and Budgeting Division

 

 

The ODA Services shall be composed of the following:

 

(1)

Peace and Development Administration Division;

 

(2)

Social Development Division;

 

(3)

Economic Development Division; and

 

(4)

Infrastructure Development Division.

 

SEC. 5. Transfer of Properties and Assets. - The properties and assets of the ODA
office shall be transferred to ODA Services of the Regional Planning and Development Office immediately upon effectivity of this Code. The Director of the Administrative Management Services of the Office of the Regional Governor (AMS-ORG) shall administer the transfer of such properties and assets.