Govt ready to implement P 8.5-B ARMM roadmap, investment plan PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 November 2011 17:30

The government will implement its P 8.5-billion roadmap and investment plan for the five provinces under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo said Friday.

Robredo said there was a pending appeal against a Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of a law resetting the polls in the region and allowing President Benigno S. Aquino III to appoint an officer-in-charge governor thereat.

The DILG chief said the P8.5 billion disbursement acceleration fund was on top of the P 11.8 billion regular ARMM budget for CY 2011 and which will be implemented by at least 10 national government agencies under an ARMM Transition Team to be headed by the DILG.

“The very main reason why we are here today is to let the public know of the Aquino government’s sincerity in its promise of allocating multi-billion-peso funds for ARMM for its social economic development, governance reforms and for improving peace and security in the region,” Robredo said.

He said the ARMM multi-agency transition team intends to fast track the Aquino government’s mission and vision for ARMM despite a motion for reconsideration by some groups to the Oct. 18, 2011 Supreme Court decision, which upheld the constitutionality of Republic Act 10153 postponing the ARMM elections and authorizing President Aquino to appoint OICs in the region.

In Friday’s event held at the Pinnacle Hotel in Davao City, the DILG invited the five ARMM governors and congressmen, the various non-governmental organizations, civilian volunteer organizations, Christian and Muslim religious leaders, and all concerned stakeholders to discuss the ARMM transition plan, including their respective roles in the implementation of the proposed new social and economic development projects in the region.