Principal Sponsor: HON. MOHAMMAD ALI C. MATABALAO
WHEREAS, the 15th Sangguniang Panlungsod of Cotabato City was informed of a draft Executive Order of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte about the transfer of the regional seats of government of Region IX and Region XII;
WHEREAS, said Executive Order was circulated in Region XII especially among national line agencies for study and comments;
WHEREAS, the peace-loving and development-oriented people of Cotabato City are happy and thankful about the plan of his Excellency to return the seat of Region XII to Cotabato City;
WHEREAS, Cotabato City was the original administrative capital of Region XII until former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issued Executive Order No. 304 transferring the regional seat to Koronadal City without prior proper consultation;
WHEREAS, the transfer of the regional seat to Cotabato City would result to further development and economic rise of City;
WHEREAS, Cotabato City can also serve as the convergence areas not only for cities and municipalities in Region XII but those from nearby mainland areas of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao being strategically located in Central Mindanao;
WHEREFORE, on motion of Honorable Mohammad Al C. Matabalao and uninamously seconded, it was –
RESOLVED, as it is hereby resolved to express support to the draft Administrative Order of the Office of the President to return the regional seat of Region XII to Cotabato City.
Approved on February 14, 2017.