ARMM inaugurates the Office of the Bangsamoro People
Cotabato City (July 31, 2014) – The newly refurbished building of the Office of the Regional Governor (ORG) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was inaugurated in this city on Wednesday in an occasion that was festive and symbolic of the present administration’s brand of leadership.
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, who led the inauguration, said they are formally renaming the building as the Office of the Bangsamoro People to emphasize a pro-people and inclusive leadership. “Gusto nating iparamdam na itong opisina ay hindi lamang office ng Regional Governor. Opisina ‘to ng ating mga kababayan at kabahagi sila dito.” (We want to impress upon the people that this is not only the office of the Regional Governor. This is the office of our countrymen and they are part of this.”)
Hataman said 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.
ARMM is composed of the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, and the cities of Lamitan and Marawi. (Bureau of Public Information)