COTABATO CITY — Officials and members of the Social Development Committee (SDCom) convened on Wednesday, September 15 during the committee’s second regular meeting for the year 2021.
SDCom is a sectoral committee under the Bangsamoro Economic and Development Council (BEDC) of the Bangsamoro Government, chaired by Atty. Raissa H. Jajurie, Minister of the Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD), together with Engr. Mohajirin T. Ali, committee co-chair and Director General of the Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA).
This year’s second committee meeting highlights SDCom’s approval to endorse to the BEDC the creation of the Bangsamoro Gender and Development Special Committee (BGADSC).
BGADSC shall initiate, coordinate, and monitor gender mainstreaming initiatives at the sectoral and regional level. Also, this special committee shall lead in ensuring the integration of gender perspective in regional development plans, investment programs, and policies through the conduct of consultations with stakeholders.
During the meeting, Sharon Lumpias, Program Coordinator of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO), presented the Joint Programme on Risk Informed Shock Responsive Social Protection (JPRISRSP), which aims to adapt routine social protection programs and systems to help cope with localized stresses and large scale shocks.
Jherus de Guia, a representative from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Cotabato Branch introduced ‘BOB’, the BSP’s consumer assistance management system (CAMS) chatbot. De Guia further encouraged the financial consumers to use and take advantage of the technology to have accessible, continuous, timely, and efficient platform for escalating complaints against BSP.
Meanwhile, the focal persons from the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC-BARMM), Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee (RJJWC), and Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) presented the updates on activities and accomplishments of their respective sub-committees. (BPDA-BARMM)