ARMM governance should be accountable, Robredo says PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 16:56

Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo said the holding of the Zamboanga regional forum for the screening of candidates for OIC positions in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao stresses the need to promote the principle that ARMM governance should be accountable.

Secretary Robredo, who came along with screening committee members Sec. Yasmin Lao of the Civil Society Organization and Sulu Governor Sakur Tan, thanked the participants present during the forum held at the UZ said Summit Center in Tetuan amid tight security measures. DILG Asst. Secretary Nariman Ambulodtu was also present.

He pointed out that the forum is important not only because it gives the nominees the opportunity to present their programs and how they intend to implement it and that it also paves the way for the promotion of  the principle that the ARMM governance should be accountable.

“The ARMM officials should engage with the people they are serving,” the secretary said. He likewise thanked Mayor Celso Lobregat for hosting the important event and for contributing to the welfare and interest of the people in the ARMM.

Despite the temporary restraining order on the law moving the election date for the ARMM officials from August 8, 2011 to May 13, 2013, the government has decided to complete the process while waiting for the final decision of the Supreme Court, according to the DILG secretary.

On the other hand, he said the Cotabato bombings buttress the fact that there really is a need to appoint OICs. “It cannot be business as usual and it cannot be
status quo in the ARMM so if there is anything that the bombing achieved it just emphasizes to everyone that there is a need for us to do something in so far as the ARMM is concerned”.

The Screening Committee, chaired by Robredo was created by President Aquino through Executive Order 51. The other members are the secretary of the National Defense, Political Adviser of the Office of the Political Adviser, one civil society representative and one representative to be nominated from among and by the fiv e governors and one city mayor of ARMM.

The screening committee is tasked to select the candidates for appointment by the President as OICs of the ARMM and has until today, Sept. 20 to submit its shortlist of nominees. It is tasked to submit to the President, “after due consultations with the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, a shortlist of at least 3 nominees to every vacancy in the elective positions in the ARMM regional government”.

EO 51 came after the enactment of Republic Act 10153 which moved the ARMM election and allows the president to appoint OICs to serve the ARMM from noon of Sept. 30 to June 30, 2013. 

Other officials present during the forum were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Directorate for Police Integrated Operations-Western Mindanao (DIPO-WM) chief P/CSupt.
Felicisimo Khu, Police-9 Regional Director PC/Supt. Elpidio de Asis, ARMM Police Regional Director PC/Supt. Bienvenido Latag, DILG-9 Director Paizal Abutazil and DILG-ARMM Director Ruby Sahi.

A total of 17 nominees—7 for OIC Governor, 8 for OIC Vice Governor and 2 for OIC Regional Legislative Assemblyman presented their platforms and programs and how they intend to accomplish all these if and when selected for the position. — Sheila Covarrubias