‘Malacanang of the South’ ready for Bangsamoro govt

The newly refurbished building of the Office of the Regional Governor (ORG) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)   in Cotabato City has already been inaugurated. The building would be the home of the new Moro government.

p12 (2)ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said he is expecting a very smooth transition once the Moro Islamic Liberation Front takes control of the Bangsamoro Government.

Hataman said that his administration is now finalizing details of the transition along with the technical working group of the MILF and the Office of the Presidential Assistant on Peace Process.

The governor said he wanted everything to be in order before they turn-over ARMM to the new Bangsamoro Government. At present, he said, they are already halfway done.

Hataman said they are formally renaming the building as the Office of the Bangsamoro People to emphasize a pro-people and inclusive leadership.

The 32-hectare compound housing the different offices of the ARMM government will now be called the Bangsamoro People’s Complex.

The Office of the Bangsamoro People took six months to renovate and costs P60.3 million, with funds taken from the savings generated by the ARMM’s Department of Public Works and Highways.

The building was first built in 1975 to serve as the now-defunct Office of the Regional Commissioner (ORC). It has since been considered a historical landmark.

Known as the ‘Little Malacañan of the South’, the premier edifice has been ARMM’s symbol of power with seven of the region’s elected regional governors, including the present, holding their office here. It is expected that it will also serve as the seat of the envisioned Bangsamoro government, the autonomous political entity set to replace the 25-year old ARMM. (BOTConsultancy)

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