Photo courtesy of Rep.Mujiv Hataman

Hataman seeks for BARMM’s midterm review before Bangsamoro transition talk

Basilan Representative Mujiv Hataman sought  for a “quick but comprehensive” midterm review on the achievements of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) before talking on the move to extend the Bangsamoro transition period. “A midterm review would give everyone, including those in Congress who would eventually discuss the extension, a view of the successes and triumphs of the interim government during the transition period, as well as the obstacles it needs to hurdle, and how the national government can help,” Hataman said on Friday.

Hataman was the last governor of the now-defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

BTA adopted on Tuesday (November 17) proposed Resolution No. 332 urging the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Philippines to extend the Bangsamoro transition period from year 2022 to 2025.

Member of the Parliament (MP) Jose Lorena, one of the principal authors of the resolution, said the proposition is to provide the BTA with sufficient time to continue in performing its powers and functions, and complete its mandate.

The resolution if adopted by Congress would postpone the elections in the BARMM to 2025.

When a midterm review is made, Hataman also urged the BARMM leadership to take the opportunity to reach out to local government units and other stakeholders, and find a way to speed up high impact development programs that will help the region thrive in the “new normal.”

The recommendation for the extension on Bangsamoro transition period came from the peace advocacy group, Mindanao People’s Caucus, which recently conducted its mid-term review on the milestone and accomplishments of the BARMM.