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The New ARMM

The theme of President Noynoy Aquino’s speech during the signing of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Election Synchronization Bill into law was premised on Mindanao as the Land of Promise. He then laid out the many abusive practices of political leaders in the ARMM and vowed to stop them. In attendance in Malacanang last June 30 were Acting Regional Governor Ansaruddin Adiong and the four governors of ARMM provinces with their municipal mayors.

Conspicuously present were the many members of various non-govermental organizations and leaders of Moro civil society. It is expected that many of the appointees as Officers in Charge (OICs) to be at the helm of the ARMM will come from the various civil society groups. Of course, the political leaders of the ARMM and the Moro National Liberation Front, as the partner of the Philippine Government in the 1996 Final Peace Agreement, will push for their nominees.


Last June 30, The Philippine Star reported that Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo was preparing an ARMM transition team which “will be tasked to implement the development roadmap in the region in the next 20 months.” He said that undersecretaries of the different line agencies will do a performance audit of all the units of the ARMM. It will be interesting to see the working dynamics of the appointed OICs, the DILG transition team, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, and the Office of Political Affairs headed by Secretary Ronald Llamas.


The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will stop hiring domestic workers from the Philippines, according to the country’s Ministry of Labor.

According to, Ministry of Labor spokesman Hattab Bin Saleh Al-Anzi said that the ministry will stop issuing work visas for domestic workers from the Philippines and Indonesia starting July 2. But Al-Anzi added that the Saudi recruitment agencies will continue recruiting domestic workers from other countries.

The decision to stop the recruitment of domestic workers came after Manila put forward stricter conditions on the recruitment of domestic helpers, according to the news website.

"The Saudi side wants the Philippine government to alter a requirement in labor contracts that Saudi employers must sign before hiring Filipino domestic helpers," said Ghazan Ali Khan of Arab News.

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