BARMM welcome its new parliament: Rekindling hope and rebuilding capacities

๐˜‰๐˜ˆ๐˜™๐˜”๐˜” ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜•๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜š๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ ๐˜”๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฐ
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While global peacebuilding efforts seem to be under assault, the Philippinesโ€™ own local peacebuilding infrastructure that is the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao(BARMM) serves as a beacon of hope for a sustainable peace and order in Mindanao. The passage and ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law in 2019 is the result of a decades-long peacebuilding drive towards nation and state building by the government as it recognizes the unique histories, origins, laws, cultures and societies of the Bangsamoro people. The same BOL brought forth the creation of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).
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The BTA have been faced with huge challenges since its conception. The timelines set forth by the Bangsamoro Organic Law were admittedly short and even optimistic considering the complexity and magnitude of the BTAโ€™s mandate. Nearly a year into the transition period, the COVID-192 pandemic hit the entire country. By mid-2020, the BTA had to prioritize its pandemic response. Despite these, we cannot also deny the significant milestones that have been achieved by the BTA in its first three years.
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๐˜‰๐˜›๐˜ˆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ
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Out of the six (6) priority legislations embedded in its mandate, the BTA has already successfully passed and enacted three major legislations of which are- the Administrative Code, the Civil Service Code, and the Education Code. With the passage of these Codes, the BTA has significantly jumpstarted the process of building up its capacities to establish credible, transparent, participatory, and efficient public institutions. These are all keys to attaining peace, stability and sustainable development in fragile post-conflict setting of BARMM.
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Achieving developmental goals like poverty reduction, improved health and quality education is innately linked to institutional capacity, good governance, and sound fiscal management. Thus, the importance of the abovementioned enacted Codes, as well as the remaining priorities legislation, cannot be understated because of their enormous significance to institutional capacity of the BARMM. A stronger BARMM bureaucracy will largely depend on the foundation laid by the BTA. This will enable the Bangsamoro government to deliver on its social and political promises along with the needed public goods and services such as security, health care, education, and infrastructure.
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As such, strong bureaucracy entails a solid governance infrastructure, competent human resource, enhanced fiscal capacity and good financial management. These three elements are contained in the very fabric of the BOL and the BTAโ€™s mandate. Thus, the justifiable extension of the BARMMโ€™s transition period has allowed the BTA flexibility and sufficient time to accomplish its governance objectives.
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One of these governance objectives is the development and management of its human resources. This requires the BTA to attract and to retain much-needed staff with appropriate skills and values. The lack of staff capacity in any organization or agency typically results to weak planning and budgeting structures and ineffectual program implementation. It should be noted that a very crucial component for a strong bureaucracy is the quality, capacity and competence of its human resources. With the term extension, the BTA will have adequate time to more than fulfill its human resource requirement and to provide quality service that embody its guiding principle of moral governance.
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Other areas of institution building that BTA hopes to address are the fiscal capacity building and its financial management. It has already identified revenue generation and economic comparative advantage under its 12-point priority agenda for 2023-2025. It should be noted that there is a two-way relationship between the revenue and expenditure sides of fiscal capacity: governments need revenue in order to provide services, but they must provide services in order for people to be willing to pay taxes. With the Revenue Code underway, the BTA has already taken steps to materialize the BARMMโ€™s fiscal capacity.
This fiscal capacity enshrines and legitimizes BARMM as an autonomous government because it ensures sustainable funding to support and maintain its operations and delivery of services and goods to its constituents. Enhanced fiscal capacity is equivalent to greater local fiscal autonomy. Improved fiscal autonomy of BARMM will signify more power to create its own sources of revenue in addition to its equitable share in the national taxes. More importantly, the BARMM will have more authority and control on how to allocate its resources in accordance with its own priorities. To attain true local autonomy, the BARMM has to achieve genuine local fiscal autonomy.
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๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜‰๐˜›๐˜ˆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด
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Local autonomy of BARMM carries the promise of sustainable peace and development for the region. However, said promise can be much better fulfilled through strategic, data-based planning, and proactive legislation. With more than adequate socio-economic and ecological data available from various local and international sources and its unique governance structure, the BTA has been presented with the huge opportunity to connect data-based planning with data-driven public decision-making of the Bangsamoro authorities. The fused executive and legislative powers and functions make BTA inherently empowered to make public policies and programs quicker and more responsive to address socio-structural roots of conflict and the day to day realities of its communities.
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Despite huge challenges, the extension term given to the BTA and the introduction of new members has provided for the continuity and enhancement of said capacities and opportunities for BARMM. The recent appointment of new personalities from various background and fields means injection of new blood and energy as well as introduction of new perspectives and additional expertise in the BTA Parliament. These new members combined with seasoned legislators of the previous Parliament must be received with optimism and renewed hope for successful enactments of more laws such as the Local Government Code, Revenue Code, Electoral Code and the Indigenous Peoples Code, prescribed by the BOL and more.
The status quo in the BARMM paves the way to strengthen our peacekeeping interventions, putting a great emphasis on what is already effective and efficient. The newly elected President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr has acknowledged the vital work the BTA has done during its first three years. He has already pledged his full support to the newly rejuvenated BTA in its accomplishment of its core mandates, functions and goals to realize the national aspiration of lasting peace and development of BARMM.
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*This article is an original piece written by the Office of MP Mitmug – Communications Division. Photos courtesy by OPAPPRU.

Mitmug and MTIT-BARMM award insulated bags to food riders in Cotabato City

The Office of MP Rasol Mitmug, Jr. in partnership with the Ministry of Trade Investment and Tourism – BARMM awarded insulated bags with raincoats and tumblers to more than 70 riders of 755 Delivery, BenXpress Delivery, and Jhul Foodelivery in Cotabato City. This program is under the Support to Income Generation of Local Ambulant Entrepreneurs (SIGLA) through the Transitional Development Impact Fund of MP Mitmug.
Minister Abuamri A. Taddik, Director General Rosslaini J. Alonto-Sinarimbo, Amer Hussien Mitmug, Chief of Staff of MP Mitmug and Senior Minister Abdulraof Macacua led the awarding today, August 22, 2022, right after the first flag ceremony at Bangsamoro Government Center, Cotabato City.
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Mitmug in his message said โ€œIn a time na halos lahat ay nakadepende sa mga delivery services mas mabuti na sinisigurado natin na top quality yung mga equipment ng ating mga riders. Raincoat para kapag umulan at tumbler para sa mapaglalagyan ng maiinom.โ€
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In a testimonial message by Mantawil, one of the beneficiaries, shared, โ€œMapapalitan na mga bag natin na sira-sira wala ng magsasabi na ulan. Marami sa aming mga riders walang bag, ngayon may bag na kami. Salamat po sa pag-effort na tawagan kami, hindi na namin ito pinalagpas, pinuntahan na talaga namin para meron na kaming bagโ€ฆmalaking tulong po ito sa amin. Salamat po kay MP Atty. Rasol Mitmug at sa MTIT.โ€
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Beneficiaries are thankful and excited to use their insulation bags, rain or shine can deliver to their customers. This is just one of the TDIF programs of MP Mitmug as an aide for sectors that are dependent on their daily source of living.

Communicatorsโ€™ Network on Women, Peace and Security formed

From 10-12 August 2022 in Davao City, the Office of MP Ras Mitmug Jr. joined other information and media staff from the Bangsamoro ministries and offices and civil society organizations, including those coming from other parts of Mindanao, in the very first communication training focused on the promotion of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security or the WPS agenda.
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Nor-ain Ibad Lambitan, Information Officer of this Office, emphasized that when we communicate women for their empowerment, we are also resonating to the campaign for peace. UN Women organized the training through the support of Global Affairs Canada and Korean Ministry of Gender Equality and Family through the WPS-ASEAN project.
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UN Women WPS team lead in the Philippines Nery Nuyda Ronatay encouraged everyone to shape the narratives on peacebuilding and conflict resolution to promote womenโ€™s participation.
Ryce Chanchai, regional team lead on WPS and Governance, welcomed everyone and affirmed UN Womenโ€™s support for the groundbreaking initiative.
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Editor-in-Chief Carolyn Arguillas of MindaNews opened the door to publish news and articles coming from within the Bangsamoro region.Chiara Zambrano inspired everyone when she shared her personal journey as a woman journalist covering armed conflict including the Marawi Siege in 2017.
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Social Media B/Vlogger and Photographer-Videographer Louie Pacardo of Nomadik Media shared effective practices and tips to expand social media reach and improve photography skills.
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The training culminated with the formation of a communicators network for WPS. โ€œUN Women is overwhelmed with the affirmation from the participants that this initiative really matters to them, that this will help them become more effective in reaching their audiences, and that forming a network among themselves makes peacebuilding cohesive and comprehensively more inclusive. This is how we would like to build capacities.โ€ Carol DawonlayvdaBello, Communication for Development (C4D) consultant said.
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Delivery rider beneficiaries receive insulated bags in Marawi

The Office of MP Atty. Rasol Y. Mitmug, Jr. distributed 22 insulated bags with raincoats and tumblers through its Transition Development Impact Fund (TDIF) to the food delivery riders in Marawi City, this is in connection with the Support to Income Generation of Local Ambulant Entrepreneurs (SIGLA) Programs of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism (MTIT).

As stated by Rosslaini A. Sinarimbo, Director General of MTIT, the SIGLA programs aim to support small businesses like those registered food delivery express so that they would be able to serve their costumers effectively.

Meanwhile, Mr. Abubacar Sangcopan, one of the beneficiary of the program, extended his gratitude as the insulated bag would be helpful for him as Keri Express Rider in Marawi City.

This is in line with the desire of MP Mitmug to support local businesses, especially those affected by the pandemic.

Forum and launch of the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region: Framework and Annotations and the Signing of the Agreement of Cooperation

Forum and launch of The Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region: Framework and Annotations and the Signing of the Agreement of Cooperation between the Institute for Autonomy & Governance and the Mindanao State University System at the Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.

This is the 3rd launching of the book. Authors Atty. Ishak Mastura, Atty. Johaira Wahab, and MP Ras Mitmug gave short messages. Mastura & Mitmug also fielded questions from the audience.

The Agreement of Cooperation is a general agreement between IAG and MSU Systemย  to cooperate on three themes: (1) Rule of Law, (2) Governance, (3) and Justice Systems. IAG Exec Director Benny Bacani and MSUS President Atty. Basari Mapupuno assured they would provide assistance in the crucial stages of the Bangsamoro Goverment.

During his message, Atty. Mitmug noted that the failure with the ARMM was that the people did not understand what it was, nor the laws or policies it enacted. He hoped the book would contribute to the greater understanding of the BOL, and explained that the annotations in the book do not present a singular view. Rather, the text provided several stances in its annotations.