OFFICIALS are preparing for a transition in which a Bangsamoro Entity can emerge to succeed the present Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) by 2015.
Lawyer Laisa Masuhud Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, said the regional government started drawing up a development roadmap on governance for a “smooth transition from ARMM to Bangsamoro,” adding that: “There is a need to converge with all stakeholders of peace and development, including affected communities as reliable partners.”
The national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) last week signed one of several annexes to a main agreement, a pact on wealth-sharing and natural resources.
A Transition Commission (TransCom) composed of government and MILF representatives, is currently drafting a basic law for a Bangsamoro government which the Congress will legislate. A law passed by both Houses of Congress would have to be submitted to a plebiscite before 2015.
Conversely, a transitional roadmap was the main menu of the planning workshop conducted last week (July 19-21) by top ARMM officials at the Convention Hall of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) in Tagaytay City and in collaboration with the DAP.
This emerged after officials reviewed ARMM’s long-term vision and the reform agenda of Governor Mujiv Hataman’s administration, said Executive Director Baintan A. Ampatuan of the Regional Planning and Development Office.
“By 2015, the reformed ARMM is prepared to a transition for the new Bangsamoro entity, having empowered people and communities; encouraged by responsive government; propelled by improved systems and processes of governance, anchored on pro-people, transparent and accountable leadership,” officials concluded for "a vision toward the 2015 transition."
Clustered agencies projected specific three-year accomplishment targets on: 1) Good Governance and Anti-Corruption; 2) Security, Justice, Peace and Transition to the Bangsamoro; 3) Economic Growth and Linkages, 4) Social Services, Human Development and Poverty Reduction; and 5) Humanitarian Emergency Assistance and Response.
Hataman said that ARMM has gone through several development stages at transformation. He, however, made emphasis on "what is now rapid action on specific timelines and corresponding targets" to draw the line of differences between the past and the present. He added that attainment of ARG targets and the realization of the 2015 goals largely depend on the ARMM Officials. (RPDO-IO with Nash B. Maulana)