100 Days: Working towards Effective and Responsive Legislation thru Promotion of Citizen Engagement

One of the intrinsic elements of Good Governance is Participation. Through this element, governments are given access to important information about the needs and priorities of individuals, communities and all other stakeholders including private businesses. Studies have shown that governments that involve the public are in a better position to make good decisions. This can be mainly attributed to the knowledge, data and public support gathered for its proposed policies, programs and activities through citizen participation and ultimately community engagement.
 
 
Over the years, the concept of participation has evolved into pro-active paradigm of citizen or community engagement. The key difference between mere citizen participation and citizen engagement is that citizen engagement requires an active, intentional dialogue between citizens and public decision makers whereas citizen participation can come from citizens only. The Office of MP Rasol Mitmug Jr. has taken on the pro-active task of engaging citizens and communities.
 
Mitmug strongly believes in the importance of citizen engagement thru community engagement activities. He views these activities as inextricably linked with effective and responsive legislative process. As a legislator, he aims to advocate and foster a consultative culture in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority. Community engagements like consultations will encourage participation of people affected by or interested in any of the BTA proposed legislations. He expects that decisions on policies, programs or projects that are based on data from citizens and stakeholders will be more effective and will enjoy more support from BARMM constituency.
 
As a seasoned legislator, Mitmug has instilled in his office the core value of participation and consultation. He has begun institutionalizing the conduct of community consultation through town hall meetings as a core activity of his and his office’s legislative process. His office has been actively seeking out leaders, people and communities for consultation. The MP himself has met with several key leaders of different LGUs and key institutions to lay the ground for community engagement activities. In his first 100 days he has met with local leaders and key institutional figures to jumpstart the initiative.
 
So far, the office of MP Mitmug has conducted town hall meetings in the following areas: Marawi City (September 27, 2022), Municipality of Saguairan (October 11, 2022), Municipality of Lumba- Bayabao (October 25, 2022), Municipality of Binidayan, Lanao del Sur (November 22, 2022). Meanwhile in Maguindanao, the Office has conducted three townhall meetings which include Bagua II and Biniruan in Cotabato City and South Upi in Maguindanao.
 
During these town hall meetings affected and interested parties are presented with information and they are given equal opportunity to participate in the consultation process. Town hall meetings enable a particular community to come together on issues and projects of significance. This process helps improve relationships within the community and the relationship of the said community with the government.
The ultimate goal of community engagement is to enhance decision making by creating links with stakeholders. By conducting town hall meetings in various areas MP Mitmug and his office are able to create a better understanding of BTA’s role and responsibilities in many of the Bangsamoro communities. These activities can gather data and can provide measures to promote better understanding of financial and legislative requirements for various issues and concerns of said communities. The knowledge and data gathered in these activities can be used to assist the BTA to deliver better services. Mitmug has also been one of the Members of the Parliament who has been invited in numerous talks and dialogues of different organizations in the hopes of an expansive discussion of important and timely topics in relation to the BARMM.
 
Participation and citizen engagement are essential components of democracy at work within the paradigm of good governance. Good government depends on the ability to exercise power and to make good decisions over time, across a spectrum of economic, social, environmental and other areas. The government’s capacity for knowledge, mediation, resource allocation, implementation and maintenance of key relationships will be the measures of future and sustainable success of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
 
 

Town hall meeting sa Binidayan, Lanao del Sur

Naging makabuluhan ang isinagawang town hall meeting info drive sa Binidayan, Lanao del Sur.
Dumalo sa nasabing aktibidad ang iba’t ibang sector gaya ng mga Ustadz, manggagawa, kabataan, environmentalists, mga kinatawan ng mga organisasyon sa nasabing lugar, at marami pang iba pa.


Mahalagang tinalakay ang kanilang mga personal na karanasan sa BARMM Government sa nakalipas na tatlong taon, ang kanilang mga inaasahan sa extended termino ng pamahalaang Bangsamoro at ang mga nais nilang maisabatas sa tulong ng mga kasalukuyang miyembro ng Bangsamoro Transition Authority.
Nabigyang-diin ang paghahanap ng solusyon sa patuloy na pagtaas ng unemployment rate at hiniling na may sapat na mga tuntunin sa oportunidad sa mga trabaho o transparency ng hiring process sa mga ahensya ng BARMM.

Naging oportunidad naman ito para maiparating ang kanilang ninanais na magkaroon ng sapat na suporta sa mga madrasah at sa mga pasilidad nito. Gayunpaman, nais nilang makamtan ang mga naipangako ng mga kinauungkulan sa BARMM.

Nagpapasalamat ang mga mamayan ng Binidayan sa inisiyatiba ng Opisina ni MP Atty. Rasol Y. Mitmug Jr. upang alamin ang mga suliranin at iba pang isyu ng mga nasa laylayan.

Town Hall Meeting sa Gambai, Lumba-Bayabao, Lanao del Sur

Pormal na isinagawa ang town hall meeting para sa information drive sa Barangay Gambai, Lumba-Bayabao, Lanao del Sur, kasama ang mga mamamayan sa nasabing barangay na kinabibilangan ng mga magsasaka, trike drivers, hardinero, daycare teachers, CSOs, barangay tanod at BLGU na pinangungunahan ni Kapitan Fatima Angintaopan.


Kabilang sa mga napag-usapan ay ang pagkakaroon ng sapat na mga kasangkapan o equipment para sa mgamagsasaka at mambubukid at mabigyan nang sapat na kaalaman sa livestock production sa pamamagitan ng mga trainings patungkol dito.

Lahat ng mga kahilingan at isyus ng mga dumalo ay ginagawan ng report ng opisina para maiparating sa tamang ahensya ng BARMM. Laking pasasalamat naman ng mga mga magsasaka sa gobyerno ng bangsamoro dahil sa binigay nilang supply gaya ng fertilizer at mga seedlings.

Nananawagan ang mga nasabing mamamayan na sana ay ipagpatuloy ng BARMM ang pag-abot ng tulong sa kanilang barangay.

IP month sa South Upi kasama ang Team Ras

Kasabay ng selebrasyon ng buwan ng Indigenous People, nagtungo ang opisina ni MP Rasol Mitmug, Jr. sa Sitio Manga, South Upi, Maguindanao upang magsagawa ng townhall meeting information drive kahapon ika-26 ng Oktubre 2022.
 
 
Dinaluhan ng mahigit 70 participants mula sa Santa Fe, Kibucay, Malibacao, at Timanan ang nasabing aktibidad kung saan naibahagi ng opisina ang mga mahahalagang impormasyon tungkol sa serbisyong handog ng gobyernong Bangsamoro at maging ng Bangsamoro Transition Authority.
 
Ngapadala naman ng representante si Minister Ulama ng Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs – BARMM sa katauhan ni Felino Samar, Executive Assistant V, na siya namang nagpaliwanag ng mandato at mga programa ng ministro. Makabuluhan ang pagbabahagi ni Samar dahil ipinaalam nito sa mga dumalo ang mga karapatan nila sa lengguwaheng Teduray.
Isang importanteng usapin naman kaugnay sa mga oportunidad at polisiya para sa mga kababaihan ang tinalakay ni Sahara Ali na kinatawan naman ng Bangsamoro Women Commission – BARMM.
Naging oportunidad naman ito para maiparating ng mga katutubo ang kanilang karanasan bilang mamamayan ng Bangsamoro at maisangguni ang kanilang mga nais na tulong o serbisyo na makuha mula sa iba’t ibang ahensya ng gobyerno.
 
Ayon sa mga participants, mas nadagdagan ang kanilang kaalaman tungkol sa barmm government at nagpapasalamat sila na may ganitong programang nakarating sa kanila. Hangad ng opisina ni Mitmug na maging tulay upang mas maging maginhawa ang bawat IP communities sa rehiyon sa tulong na rin ng ating pamahalaan.
Nagpapasalamat din kami kay Maam Ai Leen ng Women Organization of the Rajah Mamalu Descendants sa pagtulong na maging matagumpay ang aming aktibidad.

Message during Peace and Environmental Camp 2022

MP Mitmug’s message during the launching ceremony of the Peace and Environmental Camp 2022 last October 22, 2022 at Lake Lanao Central College Inc., Convention Hall, Basak Malutlut, Marawi City.
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In the face of new normal brought about by the pandemic, the youth have shown resiliency, courage and unity in the midst of a global threat. And this can be exercised through this PEACE AND ENVIRONMENTAL CAMP 2022.
 
 
Youth involvement and engagement in today’s myriad campaigns and advocacies is a sigh of relief, eliminating apprehensions of a passive and oblivious generation, and showing signs of a promising future. As technology becomes more available, the youth have been given a wider platform, various options, and more importantly A VOICE – a voice that is full of fire and passion that will fuel their admirations.
Their contributions to the society are crucial. Hence, giving them opportunities and more space would empower them and maximize their participation in nation-building. These are young minds facing an unexpected reality.
 
We all have to partake and invest in each other’s potentials to overcome these challenges. Global Action means engagement of the youth and all sectors aiming to make a huge and beneficial difference in today’s society.
 
As such, we hope that this activity will be a platform for our participants to share their thoughts and experiences as part of the vision of the Bangsamoro Youth Commission to empower more youth in fully exercising their potentials.