๐Œ๐“๐ˆ๐“ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Œ๐Ž๐€ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐Œ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐›๐š๐œ๐š๐จ ๐€๐ ๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐‚๐จ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐Ÿ‘.๐Ÿ’-๐Œ ๐œ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ง ๐’๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก ๐”๐ฉ๐ข

The Office of MP Mitmug attended the Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Ministry of Trade, Investments, and Tourism and Malibacao Agriculture Cooperative for the renovation of a coffee processing center, including post-harvest processing machinery and equipment last March 17, 2022 at MTIT, Cotabato City.

Malibacao Agriculture Cooperative was endorsed by MP Mitmug as a recipient of the program under the Transitional Development Impact Fund.

Minister Abuamri Taddik opened the ceremony, and messages of support were given by Director-General Rosslaini Alonto, Mr. Anwar Dimaucom (TDIF Focal), and the Office of MP Rasol Mitmug, Jr. (represented by PAO IV Jamil Bejerano).

Rizalex Favilla, President of Malibacao Agriculture Cooperative, relayed his deep gratitude to the Ministry and MP Mitmug, saying they could not believe the amount of support they were being given.

Also in attendance at the MOA signing was Mr. Estanislao Gepte, Head of the Board of Directors of Malibacao Cooperative and project coordinator of North Star Upi Coffee Project.

MP Mitmug distributes financial assistance to solo parents and senior citizens

LANAO DEL SUR – The Office of Deputy Minority Floor Leader MP Rasol Y. Mitmug, Jr., distributed financial assistance to beneficiaries in Brgy. Sagonsongan, Marawi City and Brgy. Mapantao, Lumba Bayabao, on March 25 and 30, 2022, respectively.ย 

Sixty-three beneficiaries (solo parents) in Brgy. Sagonsongan, Marawi City each received โ‚ฑ2,000, while 50 beneficiaries (solo parents and senior citizens) in Brgy. Mapantao, Lumba Bayabao each received โ‚ฑ2,500.

MP Mitmug extends his thanks to the local officials of said barangays for their assistance in the identification of the beneficiaries and the orderly distribution.

The financial assistance is part of the Bangsamoro Transition Authorityโ€™s Bangsamoro Parliament Program (BPP), which was approved during last yearโ€™s budget deliberations. BPP consists of (1) Community Upliftment and Financial Assistance, (2) Community-Driven Legislation, and (3) Special Activities Advocating and Championing Bangsamoro Culture & Communities. The Office of MP Mitmug implements these programs through regular coordination with local government units, monthly conduct of public consultations and focus group discussions, and collaboration with partner organizations.

MP Mitmug holds stakeholders dialogue meeting on housing

COTABATO CITY โ€“ The Office of Deputy Minority Floor Leader MP Rasol Mitmug, Jr., held a Stakeholders Dialogue on Housing at Pagana Kutawato Restaurant today, April 6, 2022.

Various homeownersโ€™ associations (HOAs) and urban poor representatives were present to air their concerns and queries to the Ministry of Human Settlements and Development (MHSD). MP Mitmug introduced MHSD Minister Hamid Barra and facilitated the open dialogue.

The urban poor population in Cotabato City consists of both Muslims and Christians and only a portion have received housing through national-funded programs. Atty. Anwar Malang, convenor for the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy and long-time advocate for the urban poor community, summarized their immediate concerns:

(1)ย  Request for socialized housing (either through housing infrastructure or purchase of private lots)

(2)ย  Livelihood (if they would be relocated to other areas)

(3)ย  Loss of their homes due to road-widening projects

(4)ย  Lack of access to clean water

(5)ย  Lack of road access (those living in swampy/ rural areas)

Aside from giving updates on the Ministryโ€™s ongoing programs, Minister Barra relayed that the programs would be inclusive to all Bangsamoro residents. He encouraged the organizations to submit their respective concerns and proposals as these could also be pursued with international development partners, aside from the programs of the BARMM government.

Director-General Esmael Ebrahim also assured them that the Ministry would be pursuing a larger budget for the next fiscal year (2023). Ebrahim explained that as much as the Ministry would like to fast-track the implementation of said projects, they still had to comply with government procedures such as the inspection of the land and securing permits and clearances from the local government units, which would require time.

At the closing, MP Mitmug expressed his thanks to the Ministry for taking the time to respond to the concerns of the HOAs and to the organizations present for the productive discussion. Mitmug informed them his office would extend assistance in endorsing their proposals to the Ministry and to the Parliament, if need be. Some of the organizations that were present included: Pagbabago HOA, Samaka HOA, Inc., Divine Mercy Organization, St. Joseph HOA, and Tanghal Bridge HOA. Also in attendance from MHSD were Director-General Esmael Ebrahim and Chief of Staff Ajeeb Barra.

Salam Salma: Children’s Comic Book for Bangsamoro Day

COTABATO CITY – In partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Teach Peace Build Peace Movement (TPBPM), the Office of MP Rasol Y. Mitmug, Jr. is proud to present its children’s comic book entitled, “Salam Salma: Ang Kwento ng Nakaraan at Hinaharap” in commemoration of the Jabidah Massacre (March 18) and March as Bangsamoro History Month. This is the seventh publication released by MP Mitmug.

Salam Salma focuses on Salma and her experiences of prejudice, ignorance, and fear. It is an introductory read on the concept of transitional justice and reconciliation. What is TJR? The United Nations defines transitional justice as โ€˜the full range of processes and mechanisms associated with a societyโ€™s attempt to come to terms with a legacy of large-scale past abuses, in order to ensure accountability, serve justice and achieve reconciliationโ€™. Simply put, TJR is the process by which the systemic and/or widespread violations of human rights are addressed and corrected.

The comic book includes a simple game which readers can print out to fold and play with others. The team behind the comic book have also worked on a Teacher’s Guide to help educators process the lessons of Bangsamoro historical injustices for younger students.

MP Mitmug hopes this will be a valuable resource for students and teachers in understanding the Bangsamoro struggle for self-determination, and the importance of learning our history to combat historical revisionism.

While the digital copies are available for anyone to download, the Office of MP Mitmug hopes to distribute physical copies of Salam Salma Comic Book and the Salam Salma: Teacher’s Guide to select schools by Aprill/May.

Download link:

Salam Salma: Ang Kwento ng Nakaraan at Hinaharap | PDF

The Salam Salma: Teacher’s Guide is available upon request via e-mail.

MP Mitmug Distributes BOL, BTA Parliamentary Rules & Priority Codes Books to Libraries

The Office of Deputy Minority Floor Leader MP Rasol Mitmug, Jr. distributed copies of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (RA 11054), the BTA Parliamentary Rules (Resolution No. 6), the Bangsamoro Administrative Code (BAA No. 13), the Bangsamoro Civil Service Code (BAA No. 17), the Bangsamoro Education Code (BAA No. 18), and the 2019-2021 Accomplishment Report of his Office to various agencies and libraries, primary of which was the Bangsamoro Library & Archives.

โ€œIf we make all these materials (laws) easily available to the people, and help them understand their rights and the Bangsamoro governmentโ€™s accountabilities to them, that will be a greater legacy we leave than the recognition of our work – to empower the Bangsamoro people,โ€ said MP Mitmug.

Aside from the BLA, copies were also donated to the libraries of law schools across the country, partner organizations, as well as select LGUs within the Bangsamoro:

  1. Westminster Foundation for Democracy
  2. Institute for Autonomy and Governance
  3. College of Law, San Beda University (Manila)
  4. School of Law, Ateneo de Manila University (Makati City)
  5. Access Bangsamoro, Ateneo School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University (Quezon City)
  6. College of Law, University of the Philippines Diliman (Quezon City)
  7. School of Law, Saint Louis University (Baguio City)
  8. School of Law and Governance, University of San Carlos (Cebu)
  9. College of Law, Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan, Cagayan de Oro City)
  10. Main Library, Mindanao State University-Marawi
  11. College of Law, Mindanao State University-Marawi
  12. Lanao Public Library (Marawi City)
  13. King Faisal Center for Islamic, Arabic, and Asian Studies, Mindanao State University-Marawi
  14. Ranaw Youth Parliament (Marawi City)
  15. College of Law, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology
  16. College of Law, Notre Dame University (Cotabato City)
  17. College of Law, Mindanao State University-General Santos
  18. College of Law, Ateneo de Davao University (Davao City)
  19. College of Law, Ateneo de Zamboanga University (Zamboanga City)
  20. and other offices and agencies within the Bangsamoro

For others who are interested in obtaining the e-copies, these may be downloaded via MP Mitmugโ€™s References page: https://rasmitmug.com/main/resources/references/

Read more:

Ebook launch: BOL and BAC

Ebook launch: Parliamentary Rules

Ebook launch: Bangsamoro Civil Service Code

Ebook launch: Bangsamoro Education Code

Years in Review: MP Mitmug’s service to the Bangsamoro