COTABATO CITY – The police regional office of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PRO-BARMM) will soon have a new conference building funded by the provincial government of Maguindanao in honor of the 1988 Philippine Military Academy’s (PMA’s) “Maringal” Class.
PRO-BARMM officials led by Chief Supt. Graciano Mijares, regional police director, and Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu launched on Saturday the construction works for a P5-million building they designed to help intensify law enforcement and peace advocacy in the new area of regional autonomy.
In his brief message, Gov. Mangudadatu said his office allocated the project fund as a “contribution of Maguindanao” to collaborated efforts for a “strong foundation” of the infant BARMM governance.
BARMM, which replaced the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao under R.A. 11054 enacted in July last year, is set for formal inauguration by President Duterte on March 25. The inaugural event is set in this city, which now forms part of the new autonomy.
Mangudadatu said Maguindanao, which remains part of the new autonomy, has “evolved from various challenges” as a result of “progressive collaboration” among civilian, military and police sectors.
The P5-million proposed building is dedicated to the PMA’s “Maringal” Class of 1988, some members of which have served Maguiindanao in their junior and senior years in service. Mijares is a member of such PMA batch.
Officials of the Commission on Elections have earlier lauded Mijares, Mangudadatu and Major Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, current head of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division and a member of the 1987 PMA Class, for working together to ensure the safe and credible conduct in Maguindanao of the January 21 plebiscite for the ratification of the BARMM charter. (Ali G. Macabalang)