Hataman appoints new Bangsamoro youth office chief

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 19 2017 12:13 AM

A peace and human rights advocate has been appointed chief of the Office on Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (OBYA).

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman appointed Amir Mawallil as OBYA's new executive director last January 12.

Hataman said Mawallil is “a strong advocate, especially when it comes to tackling and raising awareness about the many issues that are crucial to the Moro youth.”

Mawallil said that he hopes to help combat poverty and extremism in the region.

“The youth is constantly faced with a lot of challenges, especially here in the ARMM where poverty has proven to be a pervasive problem,” Mawallil said. 

“Poverty makes our youth vulnerable, especially with the rise of extremism that preys on the youth’s idealism and hope,” he said.

The OBYA is mandated to develop, promote and protect the well-being of the Bangsamoro youth as citizens.

Prior to his appointment as head of the OBYA, Mawallil served as Executive Director of the Bureau of Public Information-ARMM. He also worked for the Mindanao Human Rights Action Center.

Mawallil also writes an opinion column for news.abs-cbn.com wherein he tackles issues relevant to Muslims and Moros.