DAP, Office of the Chief Minister BARMM  and Support to Bangsamoro Transition officers pose for a group photo (L-R, first row): VP Monina De Armas, VP & Dean Dr. Lizan Perante-Calina, SVP Magdalena Mendoza, P/CEO Atty. Engelbert Caronan, OCM-TMS Director Engr. Windell Diangcalan, SUBATRA Bernard Jolly and the rest of the OCM officers; (L-R, second row): Acting Directors Jomar Pastrana and Joanne Liezl Nuque, Program Manager Milette Young, VP Imelda Caluen, and Managing Director Mark Lemuel Garcia
DAP and DAB  officers pose for a group photo (L-R): DAP officers Jomar Pastrana, Engr. Nelson Casalan,  Joanne Liezl Nuque, Richa Tibo, VP Monina De Armas, VP Alan Cajes, Managing Director Mark Lemuel Garcia, P/CEO Atty. Engelbert Caronan,  DAB ED Hisham Nando and the rest of the DAB delegation


Two offices from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)—the Office of the Chief Minister (OCM) and the Development Academy of the Bangsamoro (DAB-BARMM) —visited the Development Academy of the Philippines main office in Pasig City on August 23, 2022 to benchmark on some of the DAP’s key systems, processes and operations.

DAP President and CEO, Atty. Engelbert Caronan, Jr., assured  the OCM officials that the Academy is one with the BARMM in recognizing and effecting BARMM Interim Chief Minister Ahod “Al-Haj Murad” Ebrahim’s vow to pursue ‘moral governance’ by eradicating corruption and managing public funds appropriately, delivering basic services effectively, and implementing key programs including building infrastructures and developing natural resources.  Caronan underscored that this commitment is evident in the partnership between DAP and BARMM-OCM sealed in 2019 which involved a capacity building program for the senior and middle managers of the various agencies and offices in the BARMM.

On the other hand, Engr. Windell Diangcalan, director of the Technical Management Service and head of the BARMM-OCM delegation, said that the visit will benefit the OCM as it is mandated to provide advice to the Chief Minister.  The OCM, according to him, is likewise expected to provide capacity development to various offices under the OCM including the various ministries in the BARMM. “We cannot thank the DAP more for the hand-holding support up to this point. We know we cannot afford to fail in BARMM. But since we are still in the infancy stage then we need to learn more, and hopefully to come up with concrete next steps to move forward,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, the intent of the DAB’s visit is to learn from the DAP’s course offerings, training, curricula, operations, and knowledge management, including the requirements for training facilities.

Caronan assured the DAB officials that the DAP supports the DAB’s vision of becoming the BARMM’s civil service training facility.  He also mentioned about the upcoming partnership between the two institutions that intend to produce globally competent managers and administrators who are abreast of the latest technologies and systems in development management.  The said partnership is being coordinated by the DAP sa Mindanao headed by Managing Director Mark Lemuel Garcia.

DAB Executive Director Hisham Nando said that the DAB, as the central human capital development training and research arm of the Bangsamoro Government for its agencies and employees, is mandated to produce a highly-efficient workforce, output-producing bureaucracy, and socially-responsible institutions. He added that the DAB is still on its infancy stage, created officially on October 28, 2020, during the passage of the Bangsamoro Administrative Code. He also shared the BARMM’s vision of being a regular government in 2025.

“Your exceptional experience in the context of development, and in exercising your management role in societal mobilization and engagement in training programs, are the points and features that the DAB wants to get exposed on…this may lead to inter-organizational collaboration to promote inclusive growth and co-development, with emphasis on capacity building through various strategies and approaches… and hopefully, this may give rise to the joint development of coherent programs for training, research, education, and consultancy on diverse subjects,” Nando emphasized.

Caronan, along with DAP officers–Senior Vice President Magdalena Mendoza, Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School Dr. Lizan Perante-Calina, Vice President Alan Cajes, Vice President Imelda Caluen, Vice President Monina De Armas, DAP sa Mindanao Managing Director Mark Limuel Garcia, Acting Managing Director Richa Tibo, Director Nelson Casalan, Acting Director Joanne Nuque, and Acting Director Jomar Pastrana– welcomed the visitors from the BARMM.

Long ties with the BARMM

In 2019, then ARMM Development Academy (ADA) visited the DAP for a short briefing on the latter’s processes and practices in administration and operations.  Headed by ADA’s OIC-President Ramil Masukat, the five-member team received briefings on the DAP’s organizational structure and functions including its products and services.

This was during the transition from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), and this transition phase was being managed by the ADA.

Also in 2019, the DAP signed an agreement with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).