LANAO DEL SUR—The Bangsamoro Government, thru the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG), is making significant strides towards improving local governance in Lanao del Sur by introducing state-of-the-art government centers.
During his recent four-day visit to the province, MILG Minister Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo spearheaded the momentous turnover ceremony for four two-story barangay halls in different municipalities and a three-story municipal hall in Amai Manabilang of said province.
Expressing his aspirations for the region, Minister Sinarimbo emphasized that these projects, funded entirely by the regional government, would create opportunities for all residents and significantly enhance the delivery of government services.
He also underscored the importance of improving government services, especially at the local level.
“I hope these project all funded by the regional government creates opportunities for all and improve the delivery of government services,” Sinarimbo said.
“Kayong mga local officials ang unang tumutugon sa ating mga kababayan kaya nararapat lamang na meroon tayong government centers na magagamit,” he added.
During the visit, the Minister convened with the provincial staff for a productive focus-group discussion, centered on the efficient functioning of their office and addressing any pressing concerns.
Emphasizing the MILG’s jurisdiction over the LGU operations, Sinarimbo urged local chief executives to actively engage with local governments, saying, “Mas pag-igihan po natin ang ating trabaho dahil tayo lang po sa mga ministries ang may kapangyarihan sa pamamahala ng mga local government units.”
In accordance with its mandate, MILG assists the Chief Minister in overseeing and regulating constituent local governments, ensuring that they operate within the framework of their powers and responsibilities.
In addition to the transformative government centers being established in the region, the Bangsamoro Government is actively advancing the Local Governance Code at the parliamentary level.
This legislation, prioritized under RA 11054, also known as the Bangsamoro Organic Law, is set to further strengthen and empower local governance in the area. (Abdullah Matucan/BIO)