IN PHOTO: Mr. Morsalin Jorsalin (standsing), Bangsamoro Community leader of Brgy. Tulungatung , Zamboanga City delivering his Message during their regular meeting on June 10. 2019.

Hopes, expectations still high among bangsamoro outside the BARMM core areas

ZAMBOANGA CITY- June 10.2018- Hope and expectations from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) are the undying optimism of the Bangsamoro people living outside the core areas of BARMM to be able to improve the quality of life.

During their regular meeting Monday, Moro Community leaders have expressed anew their hope and positive expectations that BARMM leaders will be able to deliver better governance than its predecessor (ARMM) since lessons were learned from the past where many people remain poor and marginalized. 

With the advent of the new region, members of Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) are presumed to be aware of their mandates who vowed to adopt the so-called “Moral Governance” in order to realize the Bangsamoro aspiration.

The half-day meeting was facilitated by Brother Timhar, a peace advocate. Providing updates, getting inputs and tackling some crucial issues and concerns from Moro community leaders were among the centerpiece of the meeting. 

Ustadz Taha Daranda also a Peace Advocates said that it would be more convenient for the Bangsamoro if BARMM can establish a satellite office in areas outside the BARMM particularly in Zamboanga City, so that the needs and concerns of Moro people thereat can be better served.

Updates and other related issues about the new region was highlighted by Mr. Tirso S. Tahir of Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) who appealed to his fellow Bangsamoro to give more time to BARMM as it needs more time and support in order to prove its capabilities in governance.

Tahir further said that the Bangsamoro residing outside the BARMM core areas are ensured of certain assistance such as economic, social and cultural development as provided in Article VI. Inter-Governmental Relations. Section 12. in the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) legally known as Republic Act (R.A. 11054)

To sustain the Bangsamoro support to BARMM Governance, sustainable livelihood, delivery of social services and good governance should be prioritized so that people on the ground can reap the dividends of peace, Pah Imam Akob said. 

Despite living outside of BARMM core areas, the Bangsamoro people in Zamboanga city has never been weary in their obligations in peace-building efforts, and they will continue to assert their civil and political rights as guaranteed in 1987 Philippine Constitution.