BUREAU OF PUBLIC INFORMATION-ARMM
January 31, 2019
COTABATO CITY: On Wednesday morning, January 30, ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, MILF Chairman Al Hajj Murad Ebrahim, and Office on Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. gathered together in an important meeting to discuss the ARMM’s transition to a new Bangsamoro government.
In his official statement on the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, Hataman hopes for an autonomy that makes full use of good governance to make a positive impact on the lives of the region’s constituents.
“We must put a premium on the welfare of our people and ensure open and transparent governance if we are to build a lasting peace that benefits all,” Hataman said.
Hataman highlighted the importance of the meeting, by saying, “It was a fruitful meeting, we discussed substantial steps on how to go about the transition from ARMM to BARMM’s Bangsamoro Transition Authority.”
The meeting ensured the next steps of a historic transition, where the new autonomous political entity BARMM will replace the 29-year-old ARMM. The change ensures that the region will be more autonomous in nature as well as fiscally independent, all changes which will benefit the people.
Unlike before, when the ARMM had their own unitary government, the BARMM will be parliamentary-democratic. This gives BARMM the power to enact their own laws, which will hugely benefit the people.
Before, the ARMM depended on approval from Congress for the region’s budget; in the new government, the BARMM will have a budget automatically allocated from the annual block grant, amounting to 5% of the net national internal revenue.
Through this historic meeting, Hataman, Murad, and Galvez are facilitating matters so that the transition from ARMM to BARMM can be a conducive and productive one. (Bureau of Public Information/RSP)