ARMM governor reiterates importance of peoples’ support in promoting peace and development
Cotabato City (March 15, 2017) – “Hindi tayo haharap sa ganitong problema kung magtutulungan ang pamahalaan at ang karaniwang mamamayan,” Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) underscored during a forum on Peace and Development in Central Mindanao conducted on Tuesday, March 14.
His statement is in reference to the reported rise in the number of violent incidents and acts of terrorism in the region in recent months. The half-day forum, which focused on the role of the private sector not only in development but in peace and security as well, gathered around 300 private individuals.
The audience comprises representatives from various groups: religious, traditional, indigenous people, cooperatives, business, youth and women’s sectors from Cotabato City and from the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao. Forum leaders and participants shared their views on problems they observe and encounter within their communities and discussed what they believe are the viable solutions to such problems.
Atty. Rasul Mitmug Jr., the ARMM governor’s chief-of-staff, said it is important to get the views of the private sector on current issues noting the Hataman administration is largely anchored on participative governance. “Baka sa inyo pa manggaling ang solution sa issues on security, peace and development,” he said addressing the participants.
Meanwhile, Gov. Hataman commended Secretary Gene Mamondiong of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for going out of his way and beyond his responsibility to be present on Tuesday’s event. “Hindi nya ito ginawa dahil responsibildad nya ito sa TESDA, ginagawa nya ito dahil Muslim sya,” the regional governor said.
During the forum, Gov. Hataman also called for unity and cooperation among the private and public sectors to work against Bangsamoro historical revisionism and prevent Islamic radicalization especially on the youth.
Also in attendance during the event were Regional Reconciliation and Unification Commission Chairman Romeo Sema and Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Ranibai Dilanggalen. (Bureau of Public Information)