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(SDN) — The Bangsamoro government continued the implementation of infrastructure projects in the region.
This time three barangay (village) halls in the municipality of Datu Odin Sinsuat (DOS), Maguindanao.
Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo, head of the Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) said they just broke ground for the three projects in the villages of Makir, Kurintem, and Labungan, all in DOS.
“We break grounds today (Friday, July 30) for three barangay halls in Datu Odin Sinsuat municipality. The recipient barangays of these two storey buildings are Makir, Kurintem, and Labungan,” he said.
Sinarimbo said some BARMM officials joined the groundbreaking ceremony with DOS Mayor Cheryl Sinsuat, one of them Senior Minister Abdulraof “Sammy” Macacua.
The BARMM through the MILG under Sinarimbo has been in a flurry of activities including building municipal halls, police stations, barangay halls, among others, in the different component provinces of the autonomous region.
Bills postponing BARMM first election
It can be recalled the BARMM abolished and replaced the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in 2019 as mandated in the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), the BARMM Charter.
The new political entity (NPE) is comprised of the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi as well as 63 barangays in North Cotabato that opted to join the BARMM as Special Geographic Area (SGA).
BARMM is being governed by the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) until the May 22 national elections.
Led by Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod Balawag “Al-Hajj Murad” Ebrahim, the BARMM leadership and the Parliament of the region as well as various sectors and individual Mindanao leaders have called for extending the BTA for another three years.
Bills are now in both chambers of Congress seeking to postpone polls in the Bangsamoro to May 2025 to give more time to implement its mandate, more pressingly governance structure, priority codes, among other mandated agenda.
Legislators’ move is being watched and awaited concerning the clamor for BTA’s transition phase extension. (✓)