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BARMM envi ministry remits P200-M revenues to reg'l treasury

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By Edwin Fernandez (PNA)

COTABATO CITY -- The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MENRE-BARMM) has remitted more than PHP200 million in revenue collections to the regional treasury, making it the first agency to produce such income for the regional bureaucracy.

MENRE-BARMM Minister Abdulraof A. Macacua said in a statement Thursday that as of June 13, his office has contributed a total amount of PHP207,010,832 to the BARMM regional treasury office.

Macacua assumed office last March 1, following the assumption to office of new leaders named by President Rodrigo Duterte to serve the BARMM set-up during its transition period.

He said the revenues were collected from mining fees and other payments that included certification, verification, and certificate of non-coverage fees.

Macacua said one of his primary goals is to foster moral governance alongside environmental protection. | “Environmental protection is a must for us working in the ministry. That’s already given,” he said.

More than such duty, however, he said “moral and good governance should also be focused on by the seated Bangsamoro leaders.”

For the past three years of the defunct ARMM, the regional environment office has been the region’s highest remitting agency. Macacua vowed to maintain that feat, including the proper management of collectibles.

“As we continue working towards a much better Bangsamoro, we must bear in mind the morality that we need to instill in our forms of governance,” he said.