REZA-ARMM turns over key documents to DTI-ARMM
Cotabato City (July 1, 2015) – The outgoing executive director of the Regional Economic Zone Authority of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (REZA-ARMM) has turned-over on June 30 key documents to the region’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-ARMM).
The documents include REZA-ARMM’s strategic development plan, citizen’s charter, summary of personnel data, and a copy of its legal charter – Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 154. The DTI-ARMM will supervise the REZA-ARMM pending the appointment of a new executive director.
Atty. Loren Hallilah Lao served as REZA-ARMM executive director since her appointment by ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman in 2013. Her resignation officially took effect on June 30.
Pursuant to Section 4, Article XII of Republic Act 9054, the Regional Assembly created the REZA with the enactment of MMA Act No. 154 that provides for the legal framework and mechanism for the creation, operation, administration and coordination of special economic zones in the region.
It was created to encourage, promote and support industrial centers, ports in strategic areas and growth centers to attract local and foreign investment and business enterprise in the region. Gov. Hataman reiterated that the creation of REZA opened the gates for economic opportunities that benefit ARMM constituents and eventually will usher in development in the entire region.
“This will regain the image of the ARMM from being graft-ridden to a progressive and developed one,” Gov. Hataman added. One of the priority concerns of the current administration is to spur economic growth and development in the region. The policy thrust and development direction of the ARMM government are anchored on three pillars of reform specifically governance, peace and security, and socio-economic development.
Meanwhile, Atty. Lao and members of the REZA Board of Directors formulated a strategic development plan to provide a medium-term direction of the agency for the period 2014-2016.
The strategic plan sets shared vision, mission, goals, objectives and describes the detailed programs, projects and activities of the agency. It also covers the five development areas of interventions that include institutional strengthening, infrastructure development and logistics support, capacity building for economic promotion, linkages and network, and support to policy development.
“I’m confident that the formulation of REZA-ARMM’s strategic development plan will boost the region’s pursuit of economic prosperity,” said Gov. Hataman. Atty. Lao said her successor’s challenge would be how to maximize efforts to operationalize the Polloc freeport.
“We hope that what we have started in the Freeport of Polloc shall be continued by the political entity envisioned to replace the ARMM and that the programs and projects identified in the strategic development plan will be implemented for the benefit of our people,” said Gov. Hataman. (Bureau of Public Information)