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Report from Interior Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo, head of the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG), one of the primary agencies of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM):
“We joined the Chief Minister, Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim, in Basilan province for the conduct of Tabang Bangsamoro, a convergence platform for all the ministries and agencies of the Bangsamoro Government to bring their services closer to the people.
During this occasion, our ministry delivered on:
“1. Signed the management agreement with LGU (local government unit) Tabuan Lasa for the operation and maintenance of the Desalination machine delivered to their municipality.
“2. Signed a Memorandumnof Agreement (MOA) with the City of Lamitan for the construction of a public market worth 15 million pesos.
“3. Signed a Memorandum of Agreement with LGU Albarka for the construction of a public market worth 15 million pesos.
“4. Distributed relief assistance thru Bangsamoro READi to indigent and displaced constituents of the province.
“We also took the opportunity to explain to the constituents of the province the programs of the Ministry. A meeting with the Governor and the Mayors also allowed us to receive personally their proposals.
“We thank Basilan Governor Jim Hataman Salliman, the mayors, and the people of Basilan for their warm welcome.” (✓)
The Bangsamoro region covers the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi. Its component cities are Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi. It also covers under its jurisdiction 63 barangays or villages in North Cotabato, which voted in a plebiscite in January and February 2019 to join the BARMM.
A new political entity (NPE), the BARMM was created out of the blood, sweat and tears of the Bangsamoro people, put into paper in the Philippine government-MILF peace treaty, the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement (CAB), which then was flesh out into implementation by the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).