A Transport Logistics Roadmap is underway for the Bangsamoro Region following the recent signing of an agreement among the Ministry of Transportation and Communications – BARMM, Regulatory Reform Support Program for National Development (RESPOND) implemented by the UP Public Administration Research and Extension Services Foundation, Inc. (UPPAF), and Mindanao Development Authority.

BARMM-MOTC, through MinDA, has requested RESPOND, along with other donor agencies to extend technical assistance for the development of their Medium-Term Transport Logistics Roadmap to provide fast, efficient, and reliable transport and communication services for the people.

“We want to make sure that BARMM is well-integrated in the overall national development, and this is a crucial step in achieving that,” said BARMM Transport and Communications Minister Dickson Hermoso.

Minister Hermoso has likewise committed to coordinate other relevant ministries within BARMM to fast-track the formulation of the roadmap.

According to RESPOND Chief of Party Enrico Basilio, the partnership will initially focus on the identification of existing infrastructure facilities and gaps to thoroughly assess any necessary policy and regulatory reforms.

“I would like to extend our thanks to the USAID-RESPOND Team for their swift action in making this partnership happen. We deem this Transport Logistics Roadmap as integral to our long-term vision of an interconnected Mindanao – where people and goods can move freely and safely,” MinDA Secretary Maria Belen Acosta said.

RESPOND is a USAID-funded program that aims to improve regulatory quality in the Philippines, through reforms that lead to enhanced competitiveness, and ultimately, contribute to higher levels of investment and trade, inclusive growth and self-reliance.

Through the tripartite agreement, MinDA will ensure that the Transport Logistics Roadmap is consistent and complementary to the Mindanao-wide development plans, programs, and projects.

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