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Magkasabay na isinagawa ng opisina ni MP Rasol Y. Mitmug, Jr. ang town hall meetings na naglalayon na magbigay impormasyon sa mga tao tungkol sa mga mahahalaga at basic na kaalaman kaugnay sa Bangsamoro government.

Ginanap ang naturang town hall meetings sa Barangay Bagua II sa Cotabato City at Marawi City noong Setyembre 27, 2022. Naging tagapakinig sa Bagua II ang mga kababaihan, samantala, librarian, health workers, titsers, forester, kabataan, at ilang miyembro ng CSOs naman ang aktibong nakilahok sa aktibidad sa Marawi.

Kabilang sa tinalakay ng mga speakers ay ang mandato ng BTA at ang sistema nito. Ipinakilala rin ang mga bagong opisyales ng Bangsamoro government pati na rin ang mga bagong hirang na members of the parliament. Binigyang diin din sa diskurso ang ilan sa mga pangunahing polisiya ng gobyerno.

Isang importanteng usapin naman kaugnay sa mga oportunidad at polisiya para sa mga kababaihan ang tinalakay ni Sahara Ali na representante ng Bangsamoro Women Commission.


Sa Marawi naman ay naiparating ng mga participants na nais nilang magkaroon ng public libraries kada munisipyo, taunang BARMM job fair, pondo para sa mga madrasah at marami pang iba. Samantala, ilan sa mga naitanong sapagpupulong sa nasabing lugar ay ang youth unemployment, seguridad para sa mga MSU students, illegal boosters, waste disposal, at plano ng BARMM para sa mga IDPs.


Pahayag ni Chief of Staff Amer Hussien Mitmug, โ€œItong ganitong klaseng pulong-pulong ay sinasagawa namin upang mabigyan ang mga kababayan natin ng sapat na impormasyon patungkol sa BARMM Government para sila ay magiging aktibong members of the community. Bilang aktibong miyembro ng kommunidad, tayo po ay magsisikap na iparating sa mga tamang ahensiya ang mga legitimate at napapanahong isyus para sa ikauunlad ng ating komunidad.โ€

Hangad ng opisina ni MP Mitmug na mas marami pang barangay ang mapupuntahan ng grupo para sa isinasagawang puspusan na information drive.

Responding to A Call For Unity: Bloc Politics vs Cooperation in the New BTA

In his interview on the Teleradyo program, Bangsamoro Ngayong by UVPN and the Asia Foundation, MP Rasol Y. Mitmug, Jr. offered an insight on the hopeful direction and initial dynamics of the newly seated Bangsamoro Transition Authority. He began the interview by providing several facts on the how Parliamentary System works. MP Mitmug described the fascinating diversity of the new set of members of Parliament. This new and diversified BTA has ushered in a different set of relationships, perspectives, and groupings in terms of field of expertise and interests. He noted that interest groups and coalitions whose members share similar issues and concerns are logically and naturally formed in a parliament. Therefore, this presents opportunities to form coalitions and caucuses outside of legislative committees in line with the membersโ€™ advocacies and interests. He also expressed his personal belief that these interest groups and coalitions can better serve the parliament by installing floor leaders for said groups.

 

As the guest speaker of the said teleradyo program last Saturday, September 24, MP Mitmug defined the meaning of โ€œMinority and majority blocs of the Bangsamoro Parliamentโ€. However, he clarified that currently, there is no majority or minority bloc since the government is aiming for a one BTA acknowledging that all members are appointed by the President. The selection of the House Speaker traditionally prompts the delineation of the majority and minority bloc inside a parliament. This shift of dynamics has yet to be manifested as the new BTA has only just recently begun taking on its roles and responsibilities. In fact, it has unanimously voted Pangalian Balindong as House Speaker again.

 

MP Mitmug emphasized that the BTA is unique because while it is a parliament in form and function, it is not bound by bloc politics that essentially exists in parliaments. It may be true that opposition parties are essential to parliamentary democracy because they make the government accountable. However, this is not the case for the Transition Authority because as mentioned all the BTA members are appointees. Since it is not yet an official parliament composed of elected and party members, the BTA is not restricted by bloc politics. He clarified that the individual members of the parliament have three main responsibilities- representation, legislation and oversight function. Thus, it is up to the MPs to deliver the necessary check and balance within the parliament and the transition government. ย 

 

He ended his interview by resonating the call for unity by the national government to the Bangsamoro people. While broad cooperation seems to be overarching motto of the new BTA, Mitmug pointed out in this interview that in reality, the interests and advocacies of the members do vary. He appealed that they to do their part in helping the Bangsamoro Government as a peacebuilding infrastructure to succeed. He stated that conflicting ideas and clashing interests may be part of the policy-making process, but the rule of law must prevail. He connected this by explaining that to achieve peace, fundamental principles of justice and rule of law should be upheld. This newfound synergy of the new BTA is vital to meet the challenge of completing the remaining mandatory legislations under the BOL within the next three years.

 

Mitmug conducts FGD on proposed local governance code with legal experts

MARAWI CITY โ€“ The District Office of Deputy Minority Floor Leader Atty. Rasol Y. Mitmug, Jr. conducted a focus group discussion (fgd) on the draft Bangsamoro Local Governance Code (Bill No. 58) at VIP Room, Sarabi Cuisine & Cafeฬ, MSU Marawi City last June 23, 2022 with legalย experts.

The FGD centered on the legal issues on the provisions of the proposed bill as they discussed the possibilities of resolving and/or raising some conceivable constitutional, statutory, jurisprudence and ordinance challenges in the bill.

MP Mitmug, in his welcome address, said the LGUs have a huge role in the crafting of the LGC considering the responsibilities that would affect the local government.โ€ The legal experts reviewed the bill based on existing laws in the Philippines and exchanged thoughts during the session.

โ€œIn the proposed bill, it imposed professional tax of P 1, 300.00 and under the law, the professional tax is just P 300.00. Once you pay a professional tax in any city or provinces, it is applicable, or you can exercise it anywhere in the Philippines. Is it not a disadvantage on the part of the Bangsamoro? Instead of paying 300.00, they would pay professional tax of P 1, 300.00?โ€ said by Atty. Norsary S. Mamad. He also wished that the experts behind the proposed BTA bill were present, so that they can possibly rebut the issues being raised and cite their stance thereupon.

The legal representatives in said FGD include Atty. Norsary S. Mamad (Special Assistant for Legal Matters-MSU System and Overall Assistant Dean at MSU College of Law), Atty. Farhanisah D. Comacasar, Sh.L., REB, CSE, LPT (Professor- MSU College of Law and MSU College of Business Administration and Accountancy), Atty. Hapsha Khabab-Sansarona (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform, Lanao del Sur), Atty. Johari U. Diacat, CE (Private practitioner), Atty. Khalid D. Moner (Attorney III, MSU Legal Services Division), Nassif Nagamora, JD (Assistant Executive Director, MSU Legal Aid and Human Rights Center), Mohammad Mojib Datumanong Marangit, Sh. L. (Professor, Al-Khwarizmi International School, Marawi City).

 

MP Mitmug conducts FGD on proposed BLGC in Lanao

MARAWI CITY โ€“ The Office of Deputy Minority Floor Leader of the Bangsamoro Parliament, Atty. Rasol Y. Mitmug, Jr., conducted a focus group discussion on BTA Bill No. 58, otherwise known as the Bangsamoro Local Governance Code at Sarabi Cuisine and Cafรฉ, MSU-Main Campus, Marawi City, last February 14.

One of the objectives of the program was to consult constituents of various backgrounds and expertise for the potential betterment of the said code. Fifteen resource persons were present during the one-day focus group discussion, each raising various concerns on the provisions of the bill. After the presentation of the salient provisions (the same presentation given by the Committee on Local Government), each participant was given five minutes to share their policy stance and recommendations.

Shariah Councilor Mala emphasized, “Kailangan dn na kabgan tano dn sa equal privilege so mga madrasah tano, sa lagid dn o kapmb’gantano sa equal opportunity siiko mga iskwelaan tanoโ€ฆ why not i-incorporate tabo sagyanan a local school board so mga Madrasah tano?” [We need to give equal privileges to our madrasah/madaris, the same equal opportunities provided to our schools. Why donโ€™t we incorporate the madaris in our local school boards?] This was in reference to the BLGC provision on local school boards which makes no mention of Madaris Division Superintendents or Assistant Madaris Division Superintendents in the membership of local school boards.

The Bangsamoro Education Code (BAA No. 18), which was passed into law in May 2021, provided for the inclusion of Madaris in the Bangsamoro Education System (Section 5, Coverage).

In the draft BLGC, part of the local school boardsโ€™ function is to, โ€œDetermine, in accordance with the criteria set by the Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education, the annual supplementary budgetary needs for the operation and maintenance of public schools within the province, city or municipality, as the case may be, and the supplementary local cost of meeting such needs, which shall be reflected in the form of an annual school board budget corresponding to its share in the proceeds of the special levy on real property constituting the Special Education fund and such other sources of revenue as this Code and other laws or ordinances may provide.โ€

The BECโ€™s inclusion of the public Madaris system into the Bangsamoro Education System reflects in Section 167, which states that: โ€œPublic schools/Madaris and other public educational institutions shall be funded from public fundsโ€ and in Section 170: โ€œThe Bangsamoro Government, in collaboration with the National Government, shall extend financial aid and assistance to public schools and public madrasah established and maintained by local governments, including barangay high schools.โ€

Several queries and concerns were also raised over the anti-dynasty provision in the BLGC and the rampant practice of nepotism in the region. MP Mitmug assured the participants that all of these would be forwarded to the Committee on Local Government for proper documentation and their appropriate response.

Legal Education Board Commissioner Alexander D. Dumpa commended MP Mitmugโ€™s office for the qualitative approach to gain a more in-depth understanding of the social issues or challenges that should be addressed in the drafting of said code.

MP Mitmug expressed his gratitude for the active participation of the resource persons and expressed his hope that others would continue to participate in future continuations of their officeโ€™s public consultations on the BLGC. This was the first implementation of the Bangsamoro Parliament Program, which was approved in last yearโ€™s budget deliberations. The BPP consists of Community Upliftment and Financial Assistance, Community Driven Legislation, and Special Activities Advocating and Championing Bangsamoro Culture and Communities. Mitmug assured that for the remainder of his term, more consultations and constituency outreach would be conducted.

Others present at the activity were stakeholders representing the youth, legal, religious, academe, and civil society organizations, namely: former ARMM Regional Vice Governor Haroun Alrashid A. Lucman, Jr., Mohammad Nasser C. Abbas, Atty. Ating D. Diacat, Sh.L, DPA, Macaumbao U. Baunto, JD, Dr. Abdul Hanan M. Tago, Dr. Tirmizy E. Abdullah, Ansary Masacal, CPA, Sharief Ismael D. Macabando, CPA, Kince Alhansah Panondiongan, JD, Honorable Anwar Galo-Lamping, Mohammad Ryan Radia, Nurul-Izza Sangcopan and Norhanidah D. Macatoon. Minority Floor Leader Atty. Laisa Alamia and Deputy Minority Floor Leader Engr. Baintan Ampatuan were also present via Zoom.

Aside from printed copies of the draft BLGC, all participants received a flash drive which included relevant documents on the BLGC, published ebooks of the Office of MP Mitmug, and instructions on how to use the Bangsamoro Codes Consultation Portal. Chief of Staff Al Amira Alonto reminded the participants that policy papers on the BLGC would still be received by the Priority Codes Secretariat until March 25, 2022.

Key members of BTA attends second day of BLGC consultation in Lanao

The second day of the Public Consultation on the proposed Bill No. 58, also known as the Bangsamoro Local Governance Code has transpired with the 2nd congressional district of Lanao del Sur as resource speakers.
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Recommendations, suggestions, opinions and concerns were properly raised during the consultation proper by the respective resource persons.
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Mayor Atty. Dimnatang Pansar, the President of Mayors’ League in Lanao del Sur and one of the resource persons as well, stated that they want to have a local government code that is responsive to the needs of the constituents.
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Meanwhile, MP Jose Lorena explained that the draft code is divided into four books:
1. General Provisions,
2. Taxation and Fiscal Matters;
3. Bangsamoro Constituents, and
4. Miscellaneous and Final Provisions.
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The public consultation on its second day were attended by Deputy Chief Minister Aleem Ali Solaiman, Vice Governor Mohammad Khalid “Mujam” R. Adiong, select Members of the BTA Parliament and Board Members Atty. Allan Panolong, Abdulhamid Amerbitor, SP Secretary Atty. Amenodin Macalandap, President of Mayors’ League of Lanao del Sur Atty. Dimnatang Pansar, Municipal Mayors, Vice Mayors, Councilors, and Representatives from LGUs.
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