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Another lawyer appointed to ARMM Social Fund Project for Peace and Development

Koronadal, South Cotabato (19 October) -- Regional Governor Datu Zaldy Uy Ampatuan of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has appointed another lawyer as new Project Manager of the ARMM Social Fund Project for Peace and Development, replacing the erstwhile project manager, the slain Atty. Arnel Datukon.

Gov. Ampatuan appointed lawyer Mustapha Sambolawan, a native resident of Maguindanao province, to head the multi-million dollar World Bank funded project because of his wide and long experiences not only in the field of legal matters but as well as public administration and project implementation.

"I was surprised with my appointment because I did not expect the Hon. Regional Governor to place me here. But never the less, I thank him for his trust and confidence in me. We will do our best to cope up with his expectations in the proper and fast implementation of all the programs and projects of the ASFP. What we need here is a strong determination to implement the projects for the benefit of our people," Sambolawan said.

The position of project manager of the ASFP was vacant for few weeks following the ambush to death in Cotabato City of Datukon, who was also credited for his expertise in the field of project implementation and public administration. As good public servant, he was a great loses to the ARMM and to the peace loving people of the Region.

Before joining ARMM, Sambolawan was a trial attorney in the Citizens' Legal Assistance Office (CLAO), Cotabato City District Office from 1978-1980; Acting Regional Director of the then Ministry of Muslim Affairs in Region 12 from 1980-1987; Director, Bureau of Muslim Cultural Affairs, Office on Muslim Affairs from 1988 -1989; Amerul Haj (Head of Mission of Filipino Muslims Pilgrims to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1995; a Provincial Attorney of Sultan Kudarat province; Asst. Provincial Prosecutor of Sultan Kudarat. He was also detailed at the Bureau of Immigration as Chief Immigration Officer in Glan, Sarangani Province and hearing officer at the Port of Davao.

Upon his assumption to Office in September 2005, Regional Governor Ampatuan appointed Sambolawan as his Regional Cabinet Secretary until his appointment as ASFP Project Manager on October 12, 2006.

Meanwhile, Governor Ampatuan appointed Asst. Cabinet Secretary Nurodin Mamaluba as full pledge Regional Cabinet Secretary, replacing Sambolawan.

Likewise, Mamaluba has also a wide range of experiences in governance and public administration.

He was a Kabataang Barangay Regional President in Region 12 from 1976 - 1978; Assemblyman of the Interim Batasan Pambansa from 1978 - 1984; Asst. Regional Manager of the KB Regional Office 12 in Cotabato City from 1985 - 1986; Provincial Board Member of Maguindanao Second District for three consecutive terms from 1992 - 2001; Political Consultant of the provincial government of Maguindanao from 2001 - 2004; Secretary to the Sangguniang Bayan of Shariff Aguak town, Maguindanao from 2005 - 2006.

Another appointees are Atty. Norodin Kasim as head of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) in a concurrent capacity, being the Deputy Executive Secretary and Haron Felmin as Assistant Secretary of the Region's Department of Tourism. Felmin was former Executive Director of the Bureau on Cultural Heritage-ARMM. Before he joined ARMM, Felim was a City Councilor of Cotabato City. (bpi-armm/PIA 12) [top]

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