The ratification of the landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law (RA 11054) paved way for the creation of a new form of autonomous political-entity known as the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), replacing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). This development is a well-crafted achievement not just for the MILF led-interim government but also for the people of the Moro region, who have almost unanimously supported the ratification of the organic law as evident in the last BOL Plebiscite result of January 21, 2019. One of the areas that garnered a major turnout of “YES” votes in support of the ratification of the law is from the Province of Lanao del Sur in the people’s hope for a better and inclusive self-governance.
In the making of the transition plan that contains the organizational plan and the timeline for its implementation, there have been serious concerns in the implementation of the phasing out provision in the BOL. This entails a major disturbance in the internal and major operations of the agencies affected by the phasing out scheme. The abrupt phasing out of offices and personnel of the defunct ARMM which lasted only for three months period- October to December 2019- if not prudently, justly and morally resolved would create social unrest and dissatisfaction. We, the members of the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society- Lanao del Sur, have always been supportive of the Mindanao Peace Process until this very crucial development in the quest for a lasting peace and sustainable development. Our collective stand on the plight of the affected employees resonates on humanitarian consideration and due process of law. The new forma of self-governance is without doubt taking its toll on the present employees of the regional government that are forced to be separated from public service. We felt aggrieved by the situation faced by the terminated employees particularly those who have not yet reserved their separation incentives.
Employment is a vital source of income in the midst of scarce economic opportunities in the region. We are worried by the popular sentiments of affected employees that might aggravate into something unpleasant if not resolved accordingly. Their fate is grievous they have been driven out of their homes by the circumstance of the infamous Marawi-Siege. Without respite they are now on the verge of losing their livelihoods, their major source of survival. May Allah SWT have mercy on us all.
Our intent is to relay to you sentiments and welfare of the affected public servants and their families, most of whom are now leasing apartments due to homelessness as result of the Marawi siege, without discounting the noble intentions of the BARMM leadership during the transition period. We believe that your response to the concerns raised could be a basis for appropriate resolutions from your good office.
The signing of the position paper on the phasing-out of ARMM employees was led by the Lanao Del Sur CBCS Conveners last January 25, 2020.