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Gov. Adiong signs into law ARMM administrative code

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COTABATO CITY - Acting Governor Ansaruddin Adiong of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao on Thursday signed into law Muslim Mindanao Act (MMA) No. 287 or the Administrative Code of the Autonomous Region.

The signing was held at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex here with all the regional assemblymen and cabinet officials in attendance.

Speaking after signing the MMA 287, Adiong said the law aims to firm up and straighten the ARMM bureaucracy toward bringing the autonomous region to greater heights.

“This is another milestone as it goes beyond politics and personal interests,” he said.

Adiong is serving on a holdover capacity alongside 23 other elected officials pending final decision of the Supreme Court on a law allowing the President to appoint caretakers until a new set of officials shall have been elected.

ARMM was to hold its 9th regional election in August this year but was postponed by RA 15310 and reset it to become simultaneous with the national and local balloting in 2013.

Adiong urged the ARMM workers “to perform and exercise powers, duties, responsibilities and functions within the parameters of the administrative code.”

The regional governor was very elated and grateful to the Japanese government and its people for extending support during the creation of the regional administrative code.

"My special thanks to the Japanese government and its people through the JICA for being with us as we endeavored to craft policies, principles and provisions for an effective administrative code,” said Adiong.

He also lauded the technical working group and the Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA) for the drafting and subsequent passage of the law.

"This is very vital in the enhancement of the ARMM bureaucracy," the Maranao executive said.

In a separate statement, Assemblyman Ziaur-Rahman Alonto-Adiong, RLA assistant majority floor leader and MMA 287 principal author, said he was convinced the code will institutionalize the much needed reforms in the ARMM.

“This will strengthen our bureaucracy towards efficiency, effectiveness and transparency to be at par with national counterparts in terms of providing services to the people, by placing ahead the idea of common good,” he said.

He said: "This code is ARMM's answer to President Aquino's matuwid na daan (straight path) campaign."

Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, ARMM executive secretary, has deeper explanation on the significance of the code to the ARMM workers.

“We should go beyond personalities, and we need to find a deeper meaning and reason to report to our duties in ARMM,” Sinarimbo said.

"Every employee and official of ARMM must reflect on the vision for ARMM as well as the steps by which this vision will be collectively pursued. “Let us ask ourselves what is the value proposition that we could offer to our constituents,” he added.

“The administrative code is a testament of our commitment to institute serious reforms in ARMM,” Sinarimbo said.

By PNA/PIA9-ZBST




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