Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace
January 21, 2021

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte underscored the importance of shared commitment and cooperation in achieving lasting peace and stability across the country as the nation commemorates the 2nd anniversary of the establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

In his speech, President Duterte expressed his enthusiasm towards those who made sure that the Bangsamoro Region continues to be a beacon of hope for our Muslim brothers and sisters in Mindanao.

“I would like to congratulate the Intergovernmental Relations Body and their able leadership of co-chairpersons….for instituting much needed reforms and mechanisms that would foster growth in the BARMM. These noteworthy accomplishments include the participation of the BARMM government in the national planning process,” the President said.

He also commended different government agencies in the country that provided significant assistance to the BARMM during the past years, which he considered ‘a significant step in achieving meaning and lasting peace in Mindanao.’

Likewise, the Chief Executive gave his assurance that the administration shall remain determined in its commitment to support self-determination, uphold human rights and advance social welfare in the Bangsamoro Region. He said that he has given marching orders to all relevant government agencies to continue giving its full support for the continuous progress of BARMM.

“Together let us continue to find common ground in achieving our shared aspirations for economic and self sufficiency, genuine development and lasting peace in our home region of Mindanao,” President Duterte said.

The Bangsamoro Region was established in 2019 after two (2) plebiscites, replacing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in the hopes of bringing lasting peace and security in the region and the Bangsamoro people.

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