PEACE ADVOCATES. Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo (middle) meets with noted scholar Abhoud Sayeed Lingga (left), onetime peace panel member for the then Moro Islamic Liberation Front. (Photo courtesy of Mr. Sinarimbo’s Facebook page)

Peace will tap big economic potentials

 March 31, 2021

COTABATO CITY – A leading civil executive in Southern Philippines has expressed the need for long-term stability in the region so that this may pave the way for investments in fields like trade and maritime development.This, according to lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, spokesperson for the Bangsamoro… Read More


BARMM transition extension supporters Orlando Cardinal Quevedo (left) and North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco (right). (Photos courtesy of Governor Catamco’s  office and CBCP’s FB page)

BTA term extension gets more backers

 January 25, 2021

COTABATO CITY – Peace advocacy group, Save Sulu Movement (SSM), has joined the calls for extending the three-year transition period of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The Bangsamoro Organic Law sets the transition phase of the region in 2022, but regional leaders… Read More

Lanao town builds solar-powered irrigation, water supply systems

A long dream come true

By Ali G. Macabalang

SOLAR-POWERED IRRIGATION AND WATER SUPPLY. Taraka Lady Mayor Nashiba Gandamra-Sumagayan, Vice Mayor Odin Sumagayan, Lanao del Sur Gov. Mamintal “Bombit” Adiong, MinDA Chair Emmanuel “Manny” Pinol and DBP president Emmanuel Herbosa flashing festive hands’ signs after planting the construction time capsule

Amid anxieties in the global Coronavirus pandemic, on one hand, and jubilation for the 2nd founding anniversary celebration of the Bangsamoro autonomy region, on the other, local officials alongside higher authorities have begun constructing six units of Solar-Powered Irrigation System (IPIS) and a water supply system to magnify rice production and end as well residents’ risky drinking of untreated river water.

“This is a long dream come true,” Mayor Nashiba Sumagayan said in an emotional speech at the groundbreaking rite here on Thursday, January 21 for the construction of the facilities funded by the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and brokered by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA). READ MORE

Portion of Taraka River and the aerial view of the construction site,

BARMM to build town halls for 5 Maguindanao LGUs

BARMM to build town halls for 5 Maguindanao LGUs

 January 23, 2021

COTABATO CITY – The Ministry of the Interior and Local Government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MILG-BARMM) will build town halls and legislative buildings in five towns in Maguindanao. The undertaking aims to enhance the delivery of government services to the public, said… Read More

BARMM gets vehicles, cold chain equipment from IOM, Germany, UK

 January 22, 2021

MANILA – The International Organization for Migration (IOM), together with the British Embassy Manila and the German government, handed over critical medical vehicles and equipment to the Ministry of Health (MOH) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to support the… Read More

DUTERTE TO BANGSAMORO: Be loyal to cause of peace

Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) marks 2nd anniversary

Strengthened collaboration between the national government and the Bangsamoro government in achieving meaningful and lasting peace in Mindanao

 January 21, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday enjoined the Bangsamoro people to “remain loyal to the cause of peace.”Duterte made the call in his keynote speech delivered during the commemoration of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s (BARMM) second anniversary.

“I am indeed pleased [and] 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 in a speech delivered at Malacañan Palace. “My good friends, may we remain loyal to the cause of peace.”

The BARMM, established in 2019 after two plebiscites, replaced the now-defunct Autonomous Region Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in the hopes of achieving lasting peace and security in the region.

Since the creation of BARMM, peace and stability in the region have prospered, Duterte said.

“As I have promised during the early part of my term, we have laid the groundwork for lasting peace and progress in Mindanao,” he said. Read More

BARMM solons push for transition extension to enact pending bills

ACCOMPLISHMENT. Bangsamoro Transition Authority Speaker Pangalian M. Balindong (2nd from right) is joined by BTA Deputy Speaker Omar Yasser C. Sema (2nd from left), BTA Majority Floor Leader Lanang T. Ali, Jr. (left), and Member of Parliament Jose Lorena (right) during the press conference held Tuesday (Jan. 19, 2021) inside the BARMM complex in Cotabato City. The BTA leaders highlighted the passing of 15 major regionals laws for the two-year-old political entity. (Photo by PNA Cotabato)

 Transition phase has been disrupted by coronavirus disease pandemic

 January 20, 2021

COTABATO CITY – Regional lawmakers are pushing for an extension of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s transition phase up to 2025, saying more time is needed to pass important measures.

Speaking during a press conference Tuesday, Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Speaker… Read More

Genuine autonomy’ achieved in BARMM: Ebrahim

COTABATO CITY – Chief Minister Ahod “Murad” Ebrahim of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) said “genuine autonomy” has been achieved in the region as he led Monday the commemoration for the second founding anniversary of the newly-minted regional government with the hoisting of the Philippine and Bangsamoro flags. READ MORE


Residents denounce BIFF terrorists in peace rally

 January 20, 2021

COTABATO CITY – Residents of a town in Maguindanao frequently harassed by the Islamic State-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Tuesday stood up against the group’s terror activities.

“Enough is enough,” said officials and residents of Rajah Buayan,… Read More

RIP: BARMM Deputy Chief Minister Abdul Sahrin

BARMM exec loses battle with brain tumor; dies in Zambo hospital

 January 20, 2021

ZAMBOANGA CITY–The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is mourning the passing of Deputy Chief Minister Abdul Sahrin, described by Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim as a “dear friend and a brother” in the Bangsamoro struggle.Ebrahim (Al Hadj Murad) said Sahrin, 70,… Read More

LAUNCHED: Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) 2020-2022

In line with the 12-point priority agenda of the Bangsamoro Government

Bangsamoro Government’s Planning and Development Authority (BPDA) officially launched the first Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) 2020-2022 Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City.

The BDP is in line with the 12-point priority agenda of the Bangsamoro Government which aims to harmonize existing development plans in BARMM such as BDP 1 and 11 (MILF-BDA), Unified Bangsamoro Development Plan (MILF and MNLF) and ARMM Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022, and will be implemented under the Parliamentary system of BARMM.

Present during the launching were BPDA director general Engr. Mohajirin Ali, BARMM’s executive secretary Abdulraof Macacua, Minister of Interior and Local Government Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo, BARMM cabinet secretary Mohd Asnin Pendatun, Development Academy of the Bangsamoro (DAB) president Norodin Salam, and representatives from different ministries and offices of the BARMM.

Also participated in via zoom were BARMM Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim, BTA speaker Atty. Pangalian Balindong, Sr., representatives from NEDA, OPPAP, European Union(EU), Australian Embassy, International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), The Asia Foundation (TAF), Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD) and United States AID (USAID). (Bureau of Public Information)