Minister of the Interior and Local Government Atty Naguib Sinarimbo joined the delegation of Chief Minister Murad B Ebrahim Al Haj who for the first time visited Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M Año last July 5 in his office in Quezon City.
Discussed during the meeting was the new legal framework as contained in Section 10, Article VI of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) that grants the Chief Minister thru his MILG Minister the authority to regulate and supervise its constituent local government units to ensure that their affairs are within the scope of their authority.
MILG Sinarimbo presented the progress being undertaken by the new Bangsamoro regional government. This was met with much fervor by SILG Año.
Discussed too during the meeting is the turn-over of offices of the national government in the areas now covered by the autonomy such as Cotabato City and the 63 barangays in North Cotabato in accordance with the provision of the BOL.
The meeting also gave SILG Año and CM Ebrahim a chance to discuss ways to facilitate the smooth transition of the new Bangsamoro government, specifically the peace and security aspect of governance.
SILG Año responded positively on the issues presented to him such as the process for the joining of the MILF and MNLF combatants into the PNP and the appointment of the Regional Director of the PNP BARMM as well as the need for a new institutional arrangement between the DILG and the MILG on national programs being implemented in the region.
“We welcome the admission of MILF and MNLF members to the police force, provided that they meet the general requirements in the national level, and of course we will waive some requirements to accommodate our Moro brothers,” Año said.
“You can actually start the identification of MILF and MNLF members who are qualified for the immediate recruitment so we can make this arrangement and start training,” he told CM Murad, reiterating his continued support to the BARMM mindful of the autonomy granted it by law.