ARMM OIC aspirants to present agenda PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 September 2011 14:07

COTABATO CITY — All roads lead to the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Center here today as the seven aspirants to become officer-in-charge governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will present their own reform agenda for ARMM governance.

The two-day public forum aims to let those wanting to become OIC governor, OIC vice governor and OIC-members of the Regional Legislative Assembly present their agenda of government when they assume office starting October 1, granting they were the lucky ones, the ARMM interior and local governments said today.

In fact, 341 candidates for OICs in the region’s 26 appointive posts “will sell” themselves before the ARMM constituents in different venues across the region on Monday and Tuesday.

DILG-ARMM Secretary Haroun Alrashid Lucman said there are 273 people aspiring to be named OIC-Assemblymen in three separate venues in Cotabato City for Maguindanao lawmakers, Marawi City for Lanao del Sur aspirants and Zamboanga City for Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi hopefuls.

For OIC-governor, the short list prepared by the Screening Committee has been forwarded to the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Of the seven “shortlisted” candidates, five came from Lanao del Sur, one from Maguindanao and one from Basilan.

Malacanang has announced that President Aquino will name the OICs for ARMM before he leaves for a state visit in the United States scheduled on September 18.
The appointment of OICs for ARMM was vested to the President through Republic Act 10153 which also postponed the scheduled August 2011 elections and hold it simultaneous with the 2013 national and local elections.

The law also empowers President Aquino to name OICs who will serve for 21 months starting the end of term of office of incumbent ARMM officials on September 30.
Three petitions have been submitted to the Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality of the law.