ARMM satellite office eyed in island provinces

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 April) — Acting Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Mujiv Hataman has named former Sulu Governor Yusoph Jikiri as head of the planned regional satellite office which is intended “to bring ARMM governance closer to the people of the island provinces.”

Hataman announced the plan creation of the ARMM satellite office in his speech Monday marking his first 100 days in office.

The governor said that in the past administrations, most of the residents in the island-provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi were almost always the last recipients of benefits.

Jikiri is presently the chief-of-staff of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). He is also the autonomous region’s Deputy Governor for Muslim Affairs.

In an emailed advisory Tuesday, Hataman pointed out that “the appointment of Jikiri proves once again that the MNLF (is) practically on board his goal to change and straighten out the system” in the region.

He brushed off allegations that his administration is closely consulting with the MNLF in the implementation of his reform agenda for the autonomous region.

Hataman added that the satellite structure will push for a standardized response to security and development issues in all of the five provinces of ARMM.

He claimed the policies which will push his administration’s reform agenda “have so far been put in place.”

He said the regional government has created a new website where his constituents, including those who are working abroad could monitor his administration’s policies, programs and transactions. (Cong Corrales/MindaNews)