Category: Members of Parliament

Mitmug conducts FGD on proposed local governance code with legal experts

MARAWI CITY – 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 & Café, MSU Marawi City last June 23, 2022 with legal 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.” The legal experts reviewed the bill based on existing laws in the Philippines and exchanged thoughts during the session.

“In 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?” 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 holds stakeholders dialogue meeting on housing

COTABATO CITY – 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 homeowners’ 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)  Request for socialized housing (either through housing infrastructure or purchase of private lots)

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

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

(4)  Lack of access to clean water

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

Aside from giving updates on the Ministry’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.

MP Mitmug turns over digital duplicators in Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao under TDIF

MARAWI CITY – The Office of Deputy Minority Floor Leader Atty. Rasol Y. Mitmug, Jr. distributed a total of 12 digital duplicators to various municipalities in Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao availed through the Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE) under the 2020 Transitional Development Impact Fund (TDIF) last February 22, 2022.

The recipients are as follows:
1. Municipality of Kapatagan
2. Municipality of Marantao
3. Municipality of Taraka
4. Sultan Malungun National High School, Municipality of Maguing
5. Municipality of Lumba Bayabao,
6. Brgy. Sagonsongan, Marawi City
7. Municipality of Parang, Maguindanao

Each duplicator set (Kyocera Ecosys multi-functional printer) included four boxes of ink. The provision of digital duplicators is part of the Bangsamoro Government’s response to the online distance learning set-up. Teachers may now make use of the duplicators for the reproduction of students’ modules.

The said municipalities expressed their thanks and gratitude to MP Ras Mitmug for extending support in the service for Bangsamoro Education. This is in fulfillment of one of his advocacies in uplifting the Education in the Bangsamoro Region. By the will of Allah, no Bangsamoro child will be left behind.

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.