By ROCAYA SUMNDAD OTICAL
KAPATAGAN, Lanao del Sur – The local chief executive of Kapatagan, Lanao del Sur, has expressed high hopes on the administration of President Ferdinand “BongBong” R. Marcos, Jr. for the betterment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
In an exclusive interview, Mayor Raida Bansil-Maglangit voiced out her call on President Marcos Jr. to look into BARMM and correct the unfair representation to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) from the region’s constituents.
Maglangit said the constituents from Lanao del Sur coastal towns of Sultan Gumander, Calanugas, Malabang, Balabagan and Kapatagan, should be represented in the BTA which runs the region’s autonomous governance.
She said the President should appoint to the BTA one or more members from the coastal municipalities. “There are many qualified and competent constituents from the coastal towns who can represent us in the BTA,” the lady mayor stressed.
Meanwhile, Marcos Jr. is expected to appoint or re-appoint members of the BTA soon as reports said of rigid screening of prospective BTA applicants and that Malacanang would recommend only people with skill and competence.
Likewise, accomplishments of incumbent members of the “BTA” are being thoroughly reviewed and evaluated.
Kapatagan a multi-awarded town
If there are a few towns in the province of Lanao del Sur that are fast progressing, the municipality of Kapatagan is one.
Despite its unfavorable location, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Kapatagan has proven with all the prominent awards it has garnered that such adverse location does not hinder development.
Kapatagan is situated almost in the middle between Cotabato City, the BARMM seat of governance, and Marawi City, capital city of Kapatagan’s mother province Lanao del Sur. It is far from each city.
Mayor Maglangit said being far from the capitals do not hinder development.