In photo- BARMM Chief Minister Ahod B. Ebrahim

BARMM CM Ebrahim wants to transfer seat of government to Parang town

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao – If plans don’t miscarry, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Chief Minister Ahod Balawag “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim is pushing for the transfer of the seat of government of the regional government to Parang, Maguindanao del Norte.
Regional officials has began consultations on the proposal at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City, Monday, April 17.

Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA) Director-General Mohajirin Ali said that the seat of the regional government will rise on a sprawling area in the village of Sarmiento in Parang town near the Polloc port, about 30 kilometers from the present BARMM center in Cotabato City. 

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Ali said the ambitious plan, contained in Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Bill No. 43, is to relocate the Office of the Chief Minister of the BARMM, the region’s parliament, and the main offices of 15 Bangsamoro regional line ministries to Parang, Rappler said in a report Friday, Apil 14.

“This will allow us to have more room for expansion,” Ali told Rappler on Tuesday, April 11, as he pointed out that the present site at the BARMM regional government in Cotabato City was fast becoming congested.

Ebrahim, who authored the bill himself, said the regional government was determined to make Maguindanao del Norte, under the leadership of former Bangsamoro senior minister Abdulraof Macacua, the top province in the Muslim-majority region, Rappler also said in its report.

“We will make Maguindanao del Norte the number one province in the BARMM,” Ebrahim said as quoted by Rappler.

Parang Mayor Cahar Ibay hailed the move which, he said, would help shore up his town’s economy and increase the local government’s revenues as it strengthens its bid to turn Parang into another city in the Bangsamoro region.

Ibay said the town government, this early, was preparing to see an influx of investments, more employment, and livelihood opportunities.