13 February 2014
ARMM officials declare support to the creation of Bangsamoro government Cotabato City
Government leaders in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have adopted Thursday a resolution declaring their support to the establishment of the Bangsamoro government.
The resolution, signed on the second day of the ARMM Local Government Unit (LGU) Summit on Governance and Development in Davao City, states that the ARMM – “its people, the Regional Government, the Provincial, and Municipal Local Government Units – is ready and fully supportive to transition to the Bangsamoro Government.”
The five governors, 116 town mayors and 2 city mayors in the ARMM including regional officials and national legislators from the region convened at the two-day summit to discuss means to fast-tack government programs and projects and disaster-related issues in the ARMM.
Speaking at the event, President Benigno Aquino III appealed to the group to support the present peace process.
“Kaya naman, nananawagan po ako sa sambayanang Pilipino, lalo na sa mga kapatid nating nandito: nawa’y bigyang-daan po ninyo ang mga hakbang nating ito. Makakaasa po kayong sa bawat kasunduang ating nilalagdaan ay nakataya ang aming dangal at pangalan,” he said.
The ARMM officials present recognized Aquino’s “commitment to a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Mindanao” and that peace in the region will benefit not only the Moro people and Mindanao, but the entire country.
ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman reiterated his administration’s stand. “Mainit po nating tatanggapin ang bagong Bangsamoro,” he said.
The proposed Bangsamoro government is set to replace ARMM in 2016.
The president thanked and praised Hataman for reforming ARMM and introducing good governance in the region.
“Tunay at kongkretong reporma ang isinagawa mo sa inyong rehiyon; hindi mga proyektong aparisyon. Mula sa mga serbisyong panlipunan, hanggang sa pagtutuwid ng sistema sa lokal na pamahalaan—ipinamalas mo ang lideratong nakatutok sa kapakanan ng mamamayan,” Aquino said.
He went on to say: “Kung pipili nga po ako ng poster boy o modelo para sa mabuting pamamahala, baka siya po ang magiging pambato ko.”
(Bureau of Public Information)