ARMM reiterates commitment to peace process
March 6, 2014 at 1:49am
LAMITAN CITY- The government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is embarking on series of efforts aimed at providing the upcoming Bangsamoro government a smooth transition of power even as it continues to implement the reform agenda it started more than two years ago.
During its first regional Cabinet meeting held in this city on Tuesday, March 4, ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman reiterated its earlier instruction to its regional officials that line agencies including its workforce, employees should device mechanisms that will help in the transition stage.
“We are laying down the foundation. We want to make sure that we are very much ready when the official turnover comes and we know that whatever we are doing now in the ARMM government will be useful when the new Bangsamoro government sets in,” Hataman said.
The said meeting also focused on the accomplishments of the line departments for the first two months of the year.
The regional governorcited the improved investment climate in the region with record-breaking investments for 2013 and for the first two months of the year.
The ARMM’s Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) recently reported an approved P1.451billion worth of investments for the 1st quarter of this year.
“This is a record for the region, since it is almost the same as the total amount of investments registered with the board in 2013, which stood at P1.463 billion by the end of year,” said RBOI chairman and managing head Ishak Mastura, who presented during the Cabinet meeting other interested investors in the region for 2014.
Mastura reiterated that there is also the contributing factor of governance reforms in ARMM and the “hands-on” investment promotion initiated by the Hataman administration convincing local investors that the autonomous region is serious about wooingand securing investors to expand their operations or to set-up new enterprises in the region.
For the region’s education sector, Secretary Jamar Kulayan said that it targets to address the problem on classroom gaps by 2016.
“This is unprecedented,” Hataman said referring to a number of accomplishments by his administration.
Meanwhile, lawyer Anwar Malang, secretary of the region’s Department of Interior and Local Government said that it held on Monday,March 3, in Isabela City, its first ARMM Barangay Summit on Governance, Peace and Development.
Malang said the summit was attended by more than 200 barangay executives across the province of Basilan. “This is our first batch and we are looking at implementing this in the remaining four provinces of the region,” he said.
The ARMM groups the five provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi and the two cities of Lamitan and Marawi.
For her part, ARMM Executive Secretary Laisa Masuhud-Alamia said that the current ARMM administration wants to capacitate more local government units which she noted will play a crucial role in the success of the proposed autonomous political entity.
Chief-of-staff Amihilda Sangcopan of the Office of the Regional Governor who is in charge of the region’s flagship program on education, health and livelihood, said that ARMM is currently conducting screening process for deserving beneficiaries of the said project.
“May ‘K’ ka sa ARMM is a direct assistance program of the ARMM under the leadership of Gov. Mujiv Hataman. K stands for Karunungan (education) Kalusugan (health) at Kabuhayan(livelihood),” said Sangcopan.
Sangcopan said that the scholarship component is already on its second phase and that it targets to benefit thousands of deserving students. (Sheila May Dela Cruz/Bureau of Public Information)