Today is “Sheik Makdum Day”

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will observe today, November 7, 2012 as a special non-working holiday to commemorate “Sheik Makdum Day”, the first Arab missionary to spread the religion of Islam. Who is Sheik Karimul Makdum? Sheik Karimul Makdum also known as Makdum Karim in some Islamic history books, first set foot in Tubig Indangan, an island town of Simunul in Tawi-Tawi, and built the country’s first ever mosque

Sheik Makdum’s grave was just near the mosque he built and has been named a historic site by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines  in recognition to his life and works, which he dedicated to the building of a peaceful Muslim communities in the islands that now comprise the province of Tawi-Tawi.

By DAR ARMM Regional Office


“On Time This Time” is the motto of the activity being conducted by DAR ARMM regional office, held in Mergrande Ocean Resort, Toril, Davao City which started last  November 6, 2012 to November 8, 2012. Support Services Division officers and staff  from the different DAR ARMM provincial offices of Basilan,Lanao del Sur, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.are the participants of the activity.  The activity  aims to strengthen one of the major program components of DAR, the Program Beneficiaries Development. This would also focus on the data validation and establishment of a reliable and accurate databank system of reports submitted by the five DAR provincial offices in ARMM and to come up with an ARC map reflecting convergence initiatives of different line agencies. Participants are also encouraged to submit their reports on time to the regional office and not to wait for the deadline in order to come up with reliable reports.

By DAR ARMM Regional Office

Citizen’s Charter Orientation Workshop cum Program Review and Planning Conference

DAR ARMM Regional Office conducted Citizen’s Charter  Orientation Workshop cum Program Review and Planning Conference last October 9-11, 2012 (for BASULTA) and October 23, 2012 (DARPO Maguindanao). Participants are division chiefs, MARO from the DAR ARMM provincial offices.

The activity is in relation to R.A. 9485, otherwise known as Republic Act No. 9485, otherwise known as “An Act to Improve Efficiency in the Delivery of Government Service to the Public by Reducing Bureaucratic Red Tape, Preventing Graft and Corruption, and Providing Penalties Thereof’ or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007, was signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on June 2, 2007.

A workshop was facilitated by CSC-ARMM field office who also acted as resource persons on the Identification of agency’s frontline services and   setting up of service standards that will be reflected in the the Citizen’s Charter.

Photos above shows DAR ARMM Regional Secretary Atty. Aquino J. Sajili, Assistant Regional Secretary Hadja Zahra A. Bai Henrietta Paglas Sinsuat and other officers and staff at the regional office with DARPOs Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan and Maguindanao.

By DAR ARMM Regional Office

DAR ARMM Regional Secretary Atty. Aquino J. Sajili chaired the Third Regional Subproject Approval Committee (RSAC)  last October 18, 2012 at Casa Blanca Restaurant, Cotabato City for the deliberation and approval of twelve subprojects located in the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.

The committee is composed of different line agencies in the ARMM namely DAR, DENR, DPWH, DILG, ORG-TMS, RPDO, RBOI, RBMO, and DAF.

The Committee function is to  review, evaluate and be authorized to approve rural infrastructure subprojects worth $75,000.00 below. It shall also assess proposed rural infrastructure with respect to the technical design and other project documentation requirements, economic and financial viability, social and environmental acceptability, and other project related requirements, including NG-LGU cost sharing. All infrastructure subprojects approved by the RSAC shall be subject to NSAC notation.

3rd Regional Subproject Approval Committee Meeting

By DAR ARMM Regional Office