Float parade showcasing Bangsamoro Culture during 5th Anniversary of BARMM Photo by / John Unson

BARMM commemorates 5th anniversary

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao Del Norte (January 21, 2024)— Officials and employees commemorated the fifth founding anniversary of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) in a colorful fluvial parade in Cotabato City, Sunday, January 21.
BARMM’s labor minister, Muslimin Sema, who is chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) said that what is good now is that both erstwhile rebel groups, that have separate peace compacts with Malacañang, are cooperating in managing the peace and development programs of the BARMM government, a report said.

“Virtually, the BARMM is still infant but already has something to show particularly in terms of expansion of services to the Moro people, the non-Moro Christians and the indigenous people in its core territory,” Sema said.

Deputy Speaker Nabil Alfad Tan, Paisalin Pangandaman Tago, who is Minister of Transportation and Communication (MOTC) and Suharto Mastura Ambolodto and the physician-ophthalmologist Kadil Monera Sinolinding Jr. in their Facebook Messenger that the region’s law-making body had passed laws needed to improve commerce and trade in the six Bangsamoro provinces comprising Maguindanao del Sur, Maguindanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

“Personally, I believe that the national officials of member-states of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) that brokered Malacañang’s separate peace compacts with the MNLF and the MILF are glad seeing how the BARMM government is trying its best to make its six provinces become progressive,” Tago, who is concurrent regional transportation and communications minister, said as quoted by

Up to P5.7 billion worth of investments were poured in by local traders and investors from outside from the third quarter of 2019 to 2022, according to regional officials and local executives in BARMM’s six provinces, the report said.