DILG Secretary Benhur Abalos Assures Support for Bangsamoro Region

Bangsamoro region Chief Minister Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim (left) with officials of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a long-time partner of the Philippine government in general, and the BARMM and Mindanao process in particular. (All photographs by: SDN — Science and Digital News)


By EDD K. USMAN / Twitter: @edd1819 / Instagram: @bluestar0910 / Facebook: SDN — SciTech and Digital News

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DUSIT THANI MANILA, Makati City (SDN) — The Bangsamoro government’s “Moral Governance” policy has found support from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

DILG Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” C. Abalos, Jr., a lawyer, expressed support during the Solidarity Dinner on August 10, 2022, hosted by the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

On that day, BARMM Interim Chief Minister Ahod Balawag “Al-Hajj Murad” Ebrahim, led the renewal of regional officials and local chief executives’ vow to practice and implement “Moral Governance”.


Left photo shows Education Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal (with glasses) speaking with JICA officials; right photo has BARMM Chief Minister Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim stressing a point with Interior Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo (right).

They re-affirmed their vow as a highlight of the Solidarity Dinner in this five-star hotel, a part of the August 8-10 “General Orientation on Governance and Administration for Bangsamoro Local Chief Executives” as the region has several first-termers from the newly elected local chief executives (LCEs).

It was also the occasion for the oathtaking of the governors and mayors of the Bangsamoro region who won in the May 9, 2022 national and local elections.

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Ebrahim, chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and the BARMM found strong support from Abalos, the key guest at the event’s culmination. The DILG chief spoke at the event, showing to the  Bangsamoro LCEs how Mandaluyong City won multiple awards and acclaim from various organizations.

‘Family picture’ for all the participants.

In effect, what apparently the DILG chief did was to impress upon the Bangsamoro local executives how to govern and manage a local government unit (LGU), an LGU which is truly responsive, proactive and committed to the welfare of its constituents.

Bankrolled by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the MILG headed by Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo organized the three-day event aimed at acquainting first-term local government executives and re-acquainting those who were re-elected in the ways of legislation and other aspects of an effective and efficient governance and administration of an LGU.

The DILG and the Local Government Academy (LGA) lectured the Bangsamoro LGU executives, including on the ways of proposing projects for economic development, including livelihood.

Sinarimbo said the training of the LCEs involved a mixed of lectures and theories as well as sharing of experiences from some of the Bangsamoro LGUs’ award-winning mayors of their respective best practices on service and delivery.

Credit: BARMM Media.

The MILG head, who is also the BARMM spokesperson, said the ministries of the BARMM government also join the activities as they shared their programs and projects, thus, allowing the alignment of programs between the LGUs and the Bangsamoro Government.

“Major donors such as the JICA, United Nations, The European Union, The Australian Government, among others,” said Sinarimbo, came to listen to the presentation of the Governors’ Development Priorities for possible funding and collaboration.

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