Hataman gives way to ARMM Vice Gov. Karon PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 March 2012 13:53

Bainon Karon, the appointed lady vice-governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), will head the regional government for two days following a designation issued by ARMM Officer-in-charge Governor Mujiv Hataman on Thursday during the region’s celebration of the International Women’s Day.

Hataman said the gesture is in solidarity with the women of the region as the world celebrates the international women’s day and women’s month this March. 

“Dapat sa araw na ito ang mga kababaihan ang mamumuno. Kaya inaatasan ko si Vice Governor Karon na maging governor sa araw na to hanggang bukas. Lahat ng problema nyo, sa kanya  nyo idudulog,” (It is fitting that women are given the chance to lead on this day [International Women’s Day]. That is why I’m designating Vice-Governor Karon from today (March 9) until tomorrow. Address all your [official] concerns to her.),” Hataman said.

He added that celebrating women’s month does not mean belittling the capabilities of men because both genders are born of a woman.

Hataman said “women have a significant role in this administration’s open governance in the ARMM.”

According to him, women’s role is very important not only in the planning and the monitoring of programs and projects but also in the management of the affairs of the region.

Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW) Chair Helen Rojas- Balawag affirmed Hataman’s statement.

“Women are not just partners in this open governance policy,” she said, adding that Hataman’s administration ensures the maximum participation of women in policy making and in the planning, implementation and monitoring of programs and projects.

“I do not believe that Bangsamoro women are not empowered and that they are marginalized. We have a lady governor, lady regional governor and other women who are holding key positions,” she said.

She also pointed out that there are “a lot of very empowered and active civil society organizations mostly run by Bangsamoro women.”

Hadja Nurinnihar Mohammad, a Moro woman from Sulu and member of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), lauded the open governance policy being upheld by the present ARMM caretaker government, saying that it gives Moro women better opportunity to take part in the development and peace efforts in the region.

“We see the sincerity of Governor Hataman to reach out to us in the grassroots through his pro-people and participative policies,” she said.

Meanwhile, the region’s designated governor for two days, Karon, said “as lady vice governor, Hataman gives me the discretion to implement the programs I wanted. His policies advance the causes of women.”

Hataman asked the RCBW to help out widows and orphans in the region by formulating sustainable programs and projects intended not only to provide needed services to them but also assist them become more productive members of the society. — BPI ARMM