Celso briefs RDC-9 on proposed Bangsamoro law PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:42

The Regional Development Council (RDC)-9 invited District I Rep. Celso Lobregat to its 148th meeting last Tuesday (Sept. 23) to talk about the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in a bid to gather more insights concerning the implications of the proposed law in the region.

Lobregat’s attendance was an offshoot of the RDC’s 147th meeting in Isabela City last June 5 where Government Peace Panel Chair Prof. Miriam Coronel and Senen Bacani of the Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) presented the Comprehensive Bangsamoro Agreement.

The RDC intended to have a balanced and objective perspective on the subject, thus, Lobregat’s invitation to the Tuesday meeting. The Council sought out Lobregat, who, they believe, has vast knowledge and is well abreast on the proposed Bangsamoro law.

Despite his tight schedule in Congress, the solon accepted the invitation and came home to Zamboanga to brief the RDC on the proposed BBL which is now pending in the House of Congress following its submission by Malacañang two weeks ago. After his audience with the RDC at the Zambo Ecozone in San Ramon, Lobregat returned to Manila the same day.

Present during RDC’s 148th meeting were Mayor Beng Climaco, Dipolog City Mayor and RDC Chair Evelyn Uy, Zambo Sur Cong. Antonio Cerilles, Ryan Victor Miranda representing Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Uy, Atty. Niceria Napigkit representing Zamboanga Sibugay Governor Wilter Palma, Engr. Edgardo Halasan representing Isabela City Mayor Cherrylyn Akbar, OIC- Regional Director DTI IX Sitti Amina Jain, Edgardo Montojo representing Regional Executive Director IX Arleigh Adorable, Regional Director DAR IX Julita Ragandang, Regional Director DOST IX Brenda Manzano, Pedro Cuevas, Jr. representing Regional Director DILG IX Paisal Abutazil, Regional Director BLGF IX Filomena Pongon, Dennis Encarnacion representing Regional Director CHED IX Juanito Demetrio, Hermino Ariola representing DOE Director Manuel Llaneza, representative from private sectors, special non-voting members, and other participants. — Melcah Yee