COTABATO CITY: Since the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s (BARMM) inauguration on March 29, it has been challenging for the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) members to adapt to a new autonomous bureaucracy.
The BTA’s first step was drafting the Bangsamoro transition plan, the guidebook for the new government.
In an interview with the People’s Television Network on August 9, BARMM Local Government Minister Naguib Sinarimbo said the transition plan has been approved.
“The plan outlines the structure of the new Bangsamoro government and the phasing out of the defunct ARMM bureaucracy. These are now being implemented,” he added, referring to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Sinarimbo said Chief Minister Al Hajj Murad Ebrahim has a 12-point priority agenda Published by the Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority, the 12-point agenda includes enactment of priority bills, integration of development plans, establishment of the appropriate bureaucracy, continuity of existing government services, special programs for transitioning combatants, support for ongoing Marawi rehabilitation, development of an enabling policy environment, activation of job-generating industries, enhancement of security, maximization of synergistic partnerships, environmental compliance, and exploration of Bangsamoro’s economic potentials.
“There will be massive improvement in the delivery of social services to let these go down to the barangay (village) level because now it only reaches up to the municipal level. We want to do this so that statistics on development would not merely be numbers but about people,” Sinarimbo said.
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has committed to decommission its combatants as soon as the Bangsamoro government is established.
“The first phase covers 30 percent of their combatants and their weapons. On Sept. 7, 12,000 MILF combatants and 2,100 firearms will be decommissioned,” Sinarimbo said.
“We would like our countrymen, especially those here in Manila and the larger part of the Philippines, to know that the peace agreement the Philippine government signed with the MILF has already produced good results on the ground,” he added.
“We are optimistic that soon we will attain true peace and development not only in the region but in the whole country as well,” Sinarimbo said.