By Masiding Noor Yahya
ILIGAN CITY — The Bangsamoro Government’s Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) kicked off on Tuesday, July 13, in the province of Basilan the first leg of the 2021 Bangsamoro Governance Pre-Summit for local government units within the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and its Special Geographic Area consisting of 63 barangays from North Cotabato, with heads of the various ministries.
MILG minister Naguib Sinarimbo told the Philippine Muslim Today that this is in preparation for the upcoming 2021 Bangsamoro Governance Summit to be held on July 23 in Cotabato City.
Sinarimbo said the summit’s main goal is to strengthen the supervisory authority of the Bangsamoro Government to its constituent LGUs and ensure alignment of the projects and programs of the LGUs to the development direction of the regional government.
He said other Bangsamoro provinces will follow respectively in holding the pre-summit activities.
He said Maguindanao will hold the pre-summit on Wednesday, July 14, to be followed simultaneously on Thursday by Lanao del Sur and the North Cotabato 63 barangays, while Sulu on July 17, and Tawi-Tawi on July 18.
Sinarimbo said the Bangsamoro Governance Summit Proper will be held on July 23.
Minister Sinarimbo said during the pre-summit the different ministries of the Bangsamoro Government will present their proposed 2022 Programs to the Local Government Units (LGUs) while at the same time LGUs will present their own programs and allow them to present projects for funding by the Regional Government thru its ministries.
The consolidated proposed projects and programs will be submitted and discussed during the Bangsamoro Governance Summit, to craft the Regional PPAs for 2022.
“The Summit Proper will enable us to converge the programs of the Region and that of the LGUs creating thereby a common vision and development thrust by complementing their programs and resources” Sinarimbo said.
“This will hopefully unleash the combined potentials of the Region and the LGUs and usher in an era of greater cooperation and complementation,” he added.
Present in the Basilan activity on Tuesday were Governor Jim Hataman Salliman, the city mayor of Lamitan and nine (9) municipal mayors of Basilan, together with the provincial heads of BARMM’s different ministries. Both parties presented their proposed regular projects and identified priority Project Program Activities (PPAs) for 2022. (PMT)