Category: Lanao del Sur

MP Mitmug conducts FGD on proposed BLGC in Lanao

MARAWI CITY – 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 Café, 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 tano… 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 don’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 boards’ function is to, “Determine, 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.”

The BEC’s inclusion of the public Madaris system into the Bangsamoro Education System reflects in Section 167, which states that: “Public schools/Madaris and other public educational institutions shall be funded from public funds” and in Section 170: “The 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.”

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 Mitmug’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 office’s public consultations on the BLGC. This was the first implementation of the Bangsamoro Parliament Program, which was approved in last year’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.
 
Recommendations, suggestions, opinions and concerns were properly raised during the consultation proper by the respective resource persons.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 

BTA holds first public consultation on Bill No. 58 in Lanao

The Office of Deputy Minority Floor Leader Atty. Rasol Y. Mitmug, Jr. attends the first public consultation on the Proposed Bangsamoro Local Government Code (BTA Bill No. 58) at Social Hall, Provincial Capitol, Lanao del Sur.
 
 
MP Jose Lorena presented the salient features of the Bangsamoro Local Governance Code, emphasizing that “this code will avoid the duplication of supervision by the Ministry of Interior Local Government and the Department of Interior Local Government.”
 
Meanwhile, MP Atty. Paisalin Tago, Committee on Local Government-Lanao del Sur Chair, reiterated the importance of the measure stating that, “The local governance code is the most important legislation that the Bangsamoro Parliament should pass because it establishes the relationship between local government units and the Bangsamoro government.”
 
The first day of the public consultation were attended by Deputy Chief Minister Aleem Ali Solaiman, Vice Governor Mujam R. Adiong, members of the BTA Parliament and 1st District of Lanao del Sur Board members, Municipal Mayors, Vice Mayors, Councilors, ABC Presidents and representatives from LGUs.
 

Medical outreach program In Lumba Bayabao

The Office of Deputy Minority Floor Leader Atty. Rasol Y. Mitmug, Jr. through the Ministry of Health, conducted a medical outreach program in Brgy. Mapantao, Lumba-Bayabao, Lanao del Sur on December 11, 2021.

This initiative is part of the Transitional Development Impact Fund (TDIF) of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The outreach program provided and offered free health services such as consultations, free medicines, hygiene kits, and free X-rays through the mobile clinic donated by MP Mitmug to the Integrated Provincial Health Office of Lanao del Sur.

We would like to express our gratitude to the MOH headed by Minister Bashary A. Latiph, Rural Health Unit of Lumba-Bayabao, Barangay Local Government of Mapantao headed by Hon. Baguinda Monte, Integrated Provincial Health Office of Lanao del Sur and volunteers for this opportunity to serve the Bangsamoro people in Lumba Bayabao, Lanao del Sur.

Bangsamoro Parliament pushes for more hospital creation, improvement in Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur

COTABATO CITY—The Bangsamoro Parliament, which continues to prioritize the health care needs of the Bangsamoro people, has pushed for more hospital buildings and upgrades.

“A recent visit by the members of the Parliament in various areas revealed the need for the public infrastructure that will serve its constituents. One of the recommendations was establishing a municipal hospital that will answer the medical needs of constituents,” Parliament member Atty. Maisara Damdamun-Latiph, proponent of two hospital bills, said.

Three hospital bills were discussed in the plenary, one of which aimed to upgrade a district hospital in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, with 100 bed-capacity, and the other two aimed to establish municipal and provincial hospitals in Lanao del Sur.

The Datu Odin Sinsuat District Hospital now has a bed limit of 50, but according to Latiph, this is no longer sufficient to accommodate the high influx of patients requiring health care.

She said that increasing the hospital’s capacity to 100 and adding medical staff will provide adequate health care to a more significant number of residents in the community.

Similarly, the establishment of municipal and provincial hospitals, both with 25 beds in LDS, aspires to serve the people with “highly accessible, affordable, comprehensive total health care services.”

Parliament Bill 126, a measure eyeing for improving the district medical facility in DOS, was introduced in the first reading by MPs Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan, Dr. Zul Qarneyn Abas, Engr. Baintan Adil-Ampatuan, and Dr. Susana Anayatin.

While Parliament Bills 114 and 123, which seek to create hospitals in LDS, were tackled in the second reading.

Both were referred to committees on health and finance, budget, and management.

MPs Atty. Maisara Damdamun-Latiph and Dr. Zul Qarneyn Abas principally authored the bills with MPs Ziaur-Rahman Adiong, Hadji Abduladzis Esmael, Faiz Allaudin, Don Mustapha Loong, Sultan Edrieza Rimbang, Muslima Asmawil, Dr. Susana Anayatin, Narciso Yu Ekey, Alzad Sattar, Mudjib Abu, Abdulmuhumin Hashim, Sittie Shahara Mastura, Paisalin Tago, Rasol Mitmug Jr., Suwaib Oranon, Eddie Alih, Ibrahim Ali, Melanio Ulama, Said Salendab, Aida Silongan, Romeo Sema, Ali Sangki, Ali Salik, Bainon Karon, and Bai Maleiha Candao as co-authors. (Publication and Media Relations Division)

*Originally published by the BTA-Publication and Media Relations Division (https://parliament.bangsamoro.gov.ph/uncategorized/bangsamoro-parliament-pushes-for-more-hospital-creation-improvement-in-maguindanao-and-lanao-del-sur/)