The government will remain committed to supporting the development of Bangsamoro region particularly as the nation grapples with the ill effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said on Thursday.
President Duterte joined the Bangsamoro people in celebrating the second anniversary of the ratification of the Organic Law establishing the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
“Be assured that this administration will remain determined in its commitment to support self-determination, uphold human rights, and advance social welfare in the Bangsamoro region,” Duterte said in a speech in Malacañang.
“Today, like the rest of the nation, the BARMM is faced with many daunting challenges aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic. This is why I have given marching orders to all relevant government agencies to give full support to the BARMM through continued assistance in the region,” he added.
Rallying support from the country’s Muslim population, Duterte asked for continued collaboration to find a common ground in achieving the shared aspirations for economic self-sufficiency, genuine development and lasting peace in Mindanao.
He also thanked Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim for showing exemplary leadership and for his efforts in ensuring that BARMM achieves meaningful self-governance within the framework of the country’s Constitution and the Bangsamoro Organic Law.
At the same time, President Duterte congratulated the Intergovernmental Relations Body under the leadership of BARMM Minister of Basic, Higher and Technical Education Minister Mohagher Iqbal and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd for instituting much needed reforms and mechanisms aimed at fostering growth in the BARMM.
These accomplishments include the participation of the BARMM in the national planning process; the transfer of the management of existing nature reserves and protected areas from the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to the BARMM; and the creation of the Bangsamoro Electoral Office and the Regional Offices of several national government agencies. SOVEREIGNPH