COTABATO CITY – Employees of different Bangsamoro agencies have started commemorating on Saturday, January 21, the regional government’s fourth founding anniversary.
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), which charter is Republic Act 11054, was ratified via a plebiscite in five provinces and three cities in Mindanao in January 2019.
Established after 22 years of peace talks between the national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). BARMM replaced the 29-year-old defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Thousands of employees of BARMM participated in a parade as the opening salvo of the weeklong merrymaking, capped off with a parade of floats each representing an entity under the office of Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim.
Naguib Sinarimbo, the local government minister of BARMM and regional spokesperson, and Ebrahim thanked the participation in the activity of a number of foreigners representing international donor agencies involved in peace and development programs in the Bangsamoro region.
In a statement sent to reporters via online Messenger, a popular member of the 80-seat BARMM parliament, the physician Kadil Sinolinding, Jr., said the yearly anniversary celebration of the region’s creation ought to remind residents that they now enjoy self-governance based on a regional charter, the RA 11054.
“The BARMM was paid for with the blood and lives of thousands of Moro guerillas who fought it,” Sinolinding, most known by his moniker “doctor in the Bangsamoro parliament, said.
The Bangsamoro region covers the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Marawi, Lamitan, and Cotabato. (JOHN UNSON)