Hataman to deliver last state of the region address today
Cotabato City (01 December 2014) – Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is set to deliver his second State of the Region Address at 2:00 p.m. today inside the newly-refurbished Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex this city.
Hataman is expected to highlight the accomplishments of his administration, which has been entrusted with reforming the regional bureaucracy, and present the region’s current social and economic condition.
The address is believed to be the last for Hataman and in the 25-year history of the ARMM. But Hataman said it is far from a farewell address as it will mark a new beginning and brighter future for the Bangsamoro.
The ARMM was created in 1989 by virtue of Republic Act 6734 (R.A. 6734), with the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, and the city of Marawi comprising it. Its organic act was later revamped following a final peace deal between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
RA 9054 expanded the powers and area of the region that now included the province of Basilan and the city of Lamitan.
Hataman is the seventh elected regional governor of ARMM. He was first appointed as caretaker governor in December 2011 and won a three-year term in the election held in 2013.
Since his first day in office, Hataman brought to light shady processes and transactions, and exposed the inefficiency that had taken root in the regional bureaucracy for more than two decades.
His reform accomplishments earned him the monikers ‘certified ghost-buster’ and ‘poster man of good governance’ from President Benigno Aquino, III.
Civil society groups say that Hataman’s brand of leadership, which is characterized by transparency and innovation, has allowed ARMM to redeem itself from being labeled a “failed experiment” into a working government and an emerging place of growth.
The SORA that Hataman will deliver today will go down as the last in the history of the ARMM as the region prepares to transition to a new political entity next year with the expected passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Hataman has consistently vowed to step down even before his term of office expires in 2016 to make way for it. (Bureau of Public Information)