Interim Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao delivers his inaugural address Friday morning, 29 March 2019 at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex inside the BARMM Compound in Cotabato City. MIndaNews photo by CAROLYN O. ARGUILLAS

ICM Al Haj Murad urges residents to monitor performance of officials

Sultan Kudarat, maguindanao- The Interim Chief Minister of the Bangsamoro Autononomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) wants residents to participate in the attainment of “moral governance” by “reporting the performance, or the lack thereof, of our regional and local officials,” Mindanews said in its report on April 1.

According to the report, Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim made the call in his inaugural address last Friday at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, as he noted how the Bangsamoro region is still mostly at the bottom of the human development indices.

“There is a need to be more rational in the planning, allocation and distribution of resources and more importantly in the implementation of programs, project and activities,” he said during his speech at the SKCC.

He spoke of many “wonderful plans” that were often unfinished. “In the evaluation and monitoring, 

Al Haj Murad said that, we shall now involve our people in reporting the performance, or the lack thereof, of our regional and local officials.” 

Al Haj Murad said that the government they were inaugurating was “founded on the sacrifices of the Bangsamoro” and “must be driven by our collective aspirations for the affirmation of our distinct historical identity, and the right to chart our political future through democratic process.”

He described the BARMM as the third attempt. Cynics refer to as “the third experiment.”

In the same article by Mindanews, Al Haj Murad spoke of “five pillars” of the BARMM’s governance: education, health, economic development, strategic infrastructure and moral leadership. 

Al Haj Murad noted durirng his message in the morning that in almost all human development indices, the Bangsamoro is still at the bottom.

He said the BARMM and BTA leadership is an “amanah, a trust given to us and a responsibility for which we have to account for” and reminded officials to “always be conscious” of the day when they shall be asked to account for what they have done and what they have failed to do, Mindanews quoted him saying.

Al Haj Murad said that they would prioritize the approval of the Transition Plan that will define the organizational structure of the BARMM and the gradual phasing out of offices.

Al Haj Murad also explained during his message his policy that the plans, programs and projects of the BARMM, as well as the assistance of local and international partners, “must always establish a link towards the normalization process that is also on-going for former combatants and their communities.”