COTABATO City– The successful application of good governance in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is proof of the Aquino administration’s commitment to its “Tuwid na Daan” objective, said Gov. Mujiv Hataman in a statement issued before President Benigno S. Aquino’s last state-of-the-nation address on July 27.
“We are greatly indebted to the Aquino administration for the overflowing support that apparently emanated from its trust and confidence that we can stir positive change and ignite sustainable development in the region, Gov. Hataman said.
The current ARMM administration, according to Hataman, drew inspiration from the Aquino administration in pursuing a good governance agenda that eliminated practices of corruption and improved delivery of services to the people.
No less than Aquino himself branded ARMM a failed experiment. In May, however, ARMM passed the national government’s Good Governance Conditions, a first time in the region’s history. For regional officials, the recognition reflected how effective the reforms are, as it showed the “revitalized and reformed autonomous region.”
“Many doubted our agenda. Many doubted our objectives. Many doubted that we can make change possible in ARMM. But we proved them all wrong,” Hataman said. “We saw the influx of investments and today, the business sector continues to put a keen interest in us. Economic investments are at an all-time high, funding for infrastructure, especially in connecting the island provinces to the mainland, have been approved, and renewed support for the agricultural sector has been felt by our farmers and fisherfolk across the region.”
Hataman cited how investments boosted the local economy resulting in increased employment and improved income for residents. The construction of more infrastructure facilities means better mobility for his constituents as well as improved access to goods and services. Additional support extended to ARMM farmers means more food on the table and a better life for farmers and fisherfolk, he said further.
The governor underscored, however, that the joint commitment of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front for peace on the island is the biggest legacy the current national leadership would leave, noting no other administration has dared to go all-out to support the Mindanao peace process.
“Our dream is for the next governments to continue what we have started; to sustain the reforms we have worked so hard for, and to provide us with opportunities to chart our own path as people of the Bangsamoro,” he said. (bureau of public information)