ARMM Capitol

Satellite image of the ARMM Capitol Building in Cotabato City.

Standing in Cotabato City is the Capitol building of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which the only region in the Philippines that has its own local government. (That’s what the “autonomous” in its name is for.) This makes Cotabato City the de facto regional center of the ARMM, which is ironic since Cotabato City itself is not part of ARMM—it’s part of the neighboring SOCCSKSARGEN region.

Map showing the location of the ARMM region within the Philippines..

ARMM, which is currently composed of the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Shariff Kabunsuan, Basilan (except Isabela City), Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, was created by Republic Act No. 6734, otherwise known as the “Organic Act of the ARMM,” in 1989 and was expanded by Republic Act No. 9054 in 2002.

Among the autonomous powers devolved to the ARMM government is the power to create or dissolve local government units in its jurisdiction, a privilege normally reserved for the Congress of the Philippines. This power was exercised by the ARMM with the creation of the province of Shariff Kabunsuan from the 1st District of Maguindanao on October 28 of last year. (Shariff Kabunsuan was the missionary that introduced Islam to Mindanao back in the 15th century.)

For more information, visit the official website of the ARMM or the Wikipedia article. You can also check out the ground-level photo of the Capitol building in Flickr.

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August 30, 2007
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  1. Filipinayzd wrote on September 1, 2007 @ 06:21PM

    Cotabato was Cotabato City’s home province. Kaya lang, nung hinati-hati ang probinsya, “Maguindanao” yung ipinangalan sa probinsyang nakapalibot sa city at hindi “Cotabato”. Nakakakito tuloy. Ngayon, Shariff Kabunsuan na ang nakapalibot na probinsya sa city.

  2. Eugene wrote on September 6, 2007 @ 11:44AM

    @Filipinayzd, yup, Cotabato is a confusing term. It now refers to three separate and independent jurisdictions.

    The term Cagayan almost suffers from the same fate as well.

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