MARAWI CITY (MAY 15, 2020) – A Bangsamoro organization known to be “1BANGSA” has seek creation of an office for Lake Lanao in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) amidst threat of Coronavirus disease and the launching of “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BPBP)” program or the Executive Order No. 114 series of 2020 signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, stated in an open letter to Senator Bong Go dated Friday May 15.
In the letter, the group is conducting research studies for Lake Lanao development with the cooperation of Mindanao State University and other non-government organizations to “alleviate the economic and financial distress of Bangsamoro people” and start their new beginning in the Bangsamoro region amid threat of Covid-19.
Lake Lanao is the second largest lake in the Philippines located in the province of Lanao del Sur with a surface area of 340 square kilometers and was counted as largest lake in Mindanao that produces 65% of electrical power across the island.
1Bangsa President Maulana “Alan” Balangi-Amer cited the Senate Bill No. 1015 filed in 18th Congress which known to be “Lake Lanao Development Authority Act” authored by Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa that the bill would help economic growth following E.O. 114 which relocates Bangsamoro people to BARMM, the recorded region to be covering the poorest provinces in the country.
Balaing-Amer said in his letter that the approval of Lake Lanao’s bill could be part of the legacies of Duterte leadership despite Bangsamoro law, the law which his organization strongly support of its passage. It added that he remarked the 2017 Marawi siege and the situation of Bangsamoro people amid rising of Covid-19 cases are “phenomenon to the historical narratives of their fellow Bangsamoro.”
According to the letter, Lake Lanao’s shores found to be an ideal for agri-fishery and water industries in BARMM which is a plus to the volume of natural and agricultural resources in the region that could be contributed to the national government.
Meanwhile, Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar believes to the strengthening of the agri-fishery and non-farm sector in the government’s BPBP program are more significant. (Deh Saaduddin contributed this article)