The promulgation of ORGANIC ACT (R. A. 6734), was the best responsive measure of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). In the process of organizing the ARMM, there was a widely felt- need for competent executives and managers over the meaningful programming and wise disbursement of government fund, as well as for the competent and efficient program planning and development, and implementation of programs.
In order to respond to this need, one of the most of important offices that must be created immediately is the Development Academy (later known in short as ADA), that is having a vision that is almost similar to that of the Development Academy of the Philippines.
The ADA is to undertake the task of designing and administering management education and training programs that would upgrade the technical knowledge and skills, and enhance the capability of the executives and managers already employed, and/ or to be employed in the different offices and agencies of the ARMM; and, those who shall be tasked with the meaningful planning, programming, and the efficient implementation of development programs.
With this vision in mind, therefore, former ARMM Regional Governor, Honorable Lininding P. Pangandaman, Al- Haj, signed and issued Executive Order No. 94-03 on February 9, 1994 which created the ARMM Development Academy, and started operating the following month. This Academy gave real meaning and significance to the provisions of Article II, Section 9 of Republic Act No. 6734 (RA 6734), mandating that the Organic Act of Muslim Mindanao and that of the Autonomous Region shall provide manpower training programs, create livelihood and job opportunities, allocate equitable preferential rights to inhabitants, and adopt laws that will safeguard the rights of the workers; Article XII, Section 2 which mandates that immediately after its organization, the Regional Government shall initiate, formulate and implement special development programs and projects, responsive to the particular aspirations, needs and values of the indigenous cultural communities; Article XIII, Section 14 providing that the Regional Government is hereby empowered to create pioneering firms and other business entities needed to boost economic development in the region; and, Article XVI, Section I mandates that the promotion of social justice shall include the commitment to create social, political and economic opportunities based on the freedom of initiative, resourcefulness and self- reliance.
In the past, the capability needs of the ARMM executives and personnel were done by other institution like the Development Academy of the Philippines and similar institutions in greater Manila area, and/ or outside of the ARMM region. Each of the 3-5 ARMM personnel training participants would incur between Php 50,000 and Php75, 000 as training cost. But this training, when provided by ARMM-ADA will only cost the ARMM government about Php20, 000 at most, for the same number of participants.
Being the only one in the Regional Autonomous Government, the ARMM- ADA can easily be the counterpart of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) in the ARMM. Given the needed resource capabilities, such as the moral and needed funds for its programs, the Academy shall be able to pursue its mandated goals and objectives – then, it can produce the desired executives and managerial workforce that will in turn transform the ARMM region into a self- reliant autonomous region by creative, dedicated, competent and client- oriented officials.
It is quite to note that the present ARMM Regional Governor, Mujiv S. Hataman expressly sanctions this, and the support of his administration on the continuation of the programs and the projects of the ARMM- ADA.
ARMM Development Academy is the central training institution of the autonomous regional government which aims to produce highly and globally competitive managers, administrators and workers who are abreast with the latest technologies and system of development management.
It is a repository of human technological-development resources where executives from various fields may be brought together for a free, systematic exchange of ideas and experiences through an integrated course of studies. A center where a pool of scholars, specialists, and practitioners dedicated to increase and strengthen capacities in local governance and administering public services are convened to help in facilitating more dynamic learning methods.
The ADA is a concrete response of the ARMM leadership in addressing the regional need for more competent executives to suit the particular need, conditions and problems of the constituency, especially in effectively and efficiently administering social and economic development programs.
The ARMM Development Academy (ADA) is one of the instruments of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for development, specifically in developing the region’s resources. Executive Order No. 94-03, issued on February 9, 1994 and, reiterated by recently passed ARMM Administrative Code, institutionalize ADA by having the following powers and functions:
2. Peace Building (PEACEBUILD)
3. Product Promotion and(PRODEV)