MILG Wants Stronger Supervisory Power over Bangsamoro Region’s LGUs


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COTABATO CITY — The Ministry of the Interior and Local Government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM-MILG)  a stronger supervisory power over the region’s Local Government Units (LGUs).

To achieve this, the MILG under Interior Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo is  conducting through its Legal and Legislative Division (LLLD) the second batch of Training-Workshop on the Quasi-Judicial Functions of the Local Sanggunian (Local Legislative Council). The event held at Acacia Hotel in Davao City started on May 30 and ends today, June 2, 2022.

Attendees reminded on Sanggunian’s quasi-judicial functions

Some Bangsamoro LGUs sent representatives to the training-workshop to equip them with the necessary knowhow and tools to implement the objective, which is to strengthen the MILG’s power of supervision over the LGUs in the Bangsamoro region.

Comprising the BARMM are the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, and the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi, as well as the Special Geographic Area (SGA) made up of 63 barangays or villages in North Cotabato that opted to be under BARMM jurisdiction. North Cotabato itself is not part of the region.

As a new political entity (NPE), the BARMM was established through the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to implement the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

Lawyer Asmira Diego, LLLD chief, emphasized that the activity reminds the Local Government Operations Officers (LGOOs) on the importance of the quasi-judicial functions of the Sanggunian. “This (activity) is a form of exacting accountability from the local elective officials and a source of empowerment for them,” she said.

Lawyer Marvin Mokamad, Director II of the Interior Affairs Services of MILG, and lawyer Noel Gretare, a law professor and a former municipal councilor of Libungan, North Cotabato, served as the speakers for the training-workshop. Among the topics discussed were the quasi-judicial functions of the Sanggunian, appeals and remedies, and relevant jurisprudence.

The participants of the training workshop are the provincial directors and Municipal LGOOs of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, including the cities of Lamitan and Marawi.

The MILG-LLLD conducted the first batch of the training-workshop in General Santos City on May 23-26, 2022. (✓)

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