Duterte commits support for BARMM

Published January 22, 2021, 8:35 AM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte renewed his administration’s commitment to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), ordering relevant government offices to extend assistance to the new region amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

Duterte made the statement as he joined the commemoration of the second anniversary of the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law that established the BARMM in 2019.

In his speech during the commemoration held in Malacañang, Duterte assured BARMM Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim that the government will continue supporting the region.

“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,” he said Thursday evening.

Duterte likewise revealed that he ordered relevant government agencies to extend assistance to the BARMM to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“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 said.

During the commemoration, President Duterte discussed reforms and mechanisms, which have been laid out, such as the transfer of the management of the existing reserves and protected areas from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to the BARMM and the creation of the Bangsamoro electoral office, and regional offices of several national government agencies, that would foster growth in BARMM and bring about confidence in the participation of the BARMM government in the national planning process.

Duterte also recognized the significant assistance being provided to the BARMM by different government agencies like the Department of Finance, the Civil Service Commission, and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, among others.

According to the President, he is pleased about the collaboration of the BARMM and the national government.

“I am indeed pleased — happy — that in the past two years, we have strengthened the collaboration between the National Government and the Bangsamoro Government — a significant step in achieving meaningful and lasting peace in Mindanao,” he said.