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Bangsamoro Gazette Bill Enters 2nd Reading

Parliament Bill No. 108, otherwise known as the Bangsamoro Gazette bill, was filed by MP Rasol Y. Mitmug, Jr. on June 10, 2021, and will proceed to its 2nd reading in the Bangsamoro Parliament at the 63rd plenary session.

But what does the Bangsamoro Gazette bill entail? It seeks to operationalize the Bangsamoro Gazette as provided for in the Bangsamoro Administrative Code.

Who will edit or supervise the Bangsamoro Gazette?

The Bangsamoro Information Office (BIO) will have supervision and editorial authority over the Bangsamoro Gazette.

What will be the content of the Bangsamoro Gazette?

The Bangsamoro Gazette will publish all legislative acts and resolutions, executive/ administrative issuances, Shari’ah Courts’ decisions or abstracts, and other public documents of general application.

Where can the public read the Bangsamoro Gazette?

Aside from its printed copies, the general public may access the Bangsamoro Gazette’s online version via its website.

When will it be published?

The BIO shall publish the Bangsamoro Gazette quarterly or as frequently as the public interest may require. Electronic publication on the website will be daily or as often as possible.

Why do we even need a Bangsamoro Gazette?

Section 12 and 14 of Chapter 3, Book I of the Bangsamoro Administrative Code (BAA 13) provides for the legal basis of the Bangsamoro Gazette.

Section 12. Effectivity of Executive Issuances. Executive issuanes shall take effect after fifteen (15) days following the completion of their publication in the Bangsamoro Gazette or in a newspaper of regional circulation, unless otherwise provided.

Section 14. Bangsamoro Gazette. The Bangsamoro Gazette shall be of the official gazette of the Bangsamoro Government which will publish all legislative acts and resolutions of a public nature, all executive and administrative issuances of general application, decisions or abstracts of decisions of the Shari’ah Courts of sufficient importance to be published, documents or classes of documents as may be required to be published by law and such documents or classes of documents of general application.

The Bangsamoro Gazette shall be published by the Bangsamoro Information Office (BIO) in the English language and whenever applicable, in Filipino and Arabic. It shall be made available to all national and local agencies upon subscription. The Bangsamoro Library and Archives shall servce as the official custodian and repository thereof.

Ministries and all offices and agencies shall submit copies of their issuances and similar documents to the Bangsamoro Information Office for publication.

Upon written request, the Bangsamoro Information Office shall translate the relevant documents in Arabic in coordination with the Bangsamoro Darul Ifta’.

In addition, Section 19, Chapter 3, Book I of the Bangsamoro Administrative Code specifies the need for publishing issuances before it is deemed effective.

Section 19. Government-wide Application of the Classification of Issuances. The Office of the Chief Minister shall provide such assistance as may be necessary to effect general adherence to the foregoing classification of issuances, including the conduct of studies for developing sub-classifications and guidelines to meet peculiar needs. All administrative issuances of a general or permanent character shall be compiled, indexed, and published pursuant to the provisions of this Code. Publication of administrative issuances affecting the public is required before the same shall become effective.

The Bangsamoro Attorney General’s Office shall be furnished with all the copies of the foregoing issuances and shall be repository of all these issuances. Likewise, copies shall be provided to the Bangsamoro Library and Archives.

How will the Bangsamoro Gazette benefit the people?

The Bangsamoro Gazette shall help fulfill the Bangsamoro people’s right to information and can lead to a more open, accountable, and participatory government.

The former ARMM-Regional Legislative Assembly passed a total of 338 laws (data from RLA-Reference and Research Division).

While many of these legislations were laudable, the knowledge and awareness of these laws failed to trickle down to the grassroots level. (Note: Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Acts are still operational unless amended by the Bangsamoro Transition Authority).

Many were simply unaware of the RLA’s legislative accomplishments as well as the government programs available to them.

This bill hopes to address the information gap that exists. The Bangsamoro Organic Law enshrines the Bangsamoro’s right to self-governance, the right to participate in political processes, and the right of access to basic services.

Section 2. Self-Governance. In the exercise of its right to self-governance, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region is free to pursue its political, economic, social, and cultural development as provided for in this Organic Law. (Article IV)

Section 3. Democratic Political System. The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region shall have a democratic political system that allows its people to freely participate in the political processes within its territorial jurisdiction. The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region shall have a parliamentary form of government. (Article IV)

Section 8. Right of Access to Basic Services. The Bangsamoro Government shall provide, maintain, and ensure the delivery of basic and responsive health programs, quality education, appropriate services, livelihood opportunities, affordable and progressive housing projects, power and electricity, and water supply, among others, to the Bangsamoro people and other inhabitants of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. It shall maintain appropriate disaster-preparedness units for immediate and effective relief services to victims of natural and man-made calamities. It shall also ensure the rehabilitation of calamity-affected areas and victims of calamities. (Article IX)

It can be argued that the Bangsamoro people cannot fully participate in political processes, nor practice their right to self-governance, without first being granted access to information.

This bill is also in line with the12-point agenda of the Bangsamoro Government, and the policy direction of the Government of the Day:

4. Continuity of Existing Government Services
Set up and implement programs and projects that will respond to the pressing social and economic challenges in the Bangsamoro such as poverty, education, health, access to clean water and electricity, job opportunity, agricultural productivity, and access to the capital market. These must be complemented with responsive strategic infrastructure in the region such as ports, road networks, flood control, and logistics and communication facilities.
7. Development of Enabling Policy Environment
Develop policy environment on transparency, accountability, prudent fiscal policy, as well as improvement in revenue generation.
Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim’s State of the Bangsamoro Address at the opening of the 3rd regular session also highlighted the need to pass laws complementing the Bangsamoro Administrative Code.

“We must also look into the existing structures in our bureaucracy as founded by the recently passed Bangsamoro Administrative Code. It would be worthwhile to pass legislations not to amend certain provisions of the Admin Code but legislations that would enhance or complement few of its noble provisions.”


This post will be revised as updates come in.

Read the bill below:


Turnover ceremony of mobile clinic under TDIF

The Office of MP Atty. Rasol Y. Mitmug Jr. through the Ministry of Health-BARMM, turned over one mobile clinic to the Integrated Provincial Health Office of Lanao del Sur today, July 5.

MP Atty. Rasol Y. Mitmug Jr. thanked the Bangsamoro Government for coming up with program such as the Transitional Development Impact Fund (TDIF) which is very relevant in alleviating the needs of the Bangsamoro people during this time of pandemic.

Aside from the turnover, attendees witnessed the signing of Memorandum of Understanding, distribution of 250 BHW Kits, and turn-over of communication equipment to HEPOs.

According to Vice Governor Adiong, “Very timely aya sa giya maulaula tano knaba bo sa giya Lanao del Sur ka giya dn a entire a dunya a kasasabotan tano a giya pandemic (What is happening to us right now is very timely, not only for Lanao Del Sur but for the entire world, we know that there is pandemic)”. He emphasized how helpful the mobile clinic is to the people of Lanao del Sur.

The turnover was attended and witnessed by Health minister Dr. Bashary A. Latiph, CPAFP, MSPH-MHA  Dr. Alinader D. Minalang, Provincial Health Officer II, IPHO – Lanao del Sur, Hon. Mohammad Khalid “Mujam” R. Adiong, Vice Governor of the Province of Lanao del Sur, Dr. Apasrah M. Mapupuno, MPM Provincial Health Officer I, Vice Mayor Sittie Aisah L. Pansar of Municipality of Butig and Board Members of the Province of Lanao del Sur.

Session Recap: BTA adopts resolutions filed by MP Mitmug; 7 bills pass first and second stage

The Bangsamoro Parliament adopted six resolutions of MP Rasol Mitmug Jr. with three measures as principal author during sessions 60, 61 and 62 (June 22-24, 2021). Five bills were introduced during the first stage and two bills were passed during the second stage of second reading.

The following are the approved resolutions:

  1. Proposed Resolution (PR) No. 361: Resolution Encouraging All Newly-Appointed Employees To Take Their Respective Oath Of Moral Governance Before The Office The Of Wali (principal author)
  2. PR No. 441: A Resolution Expressing The Profound Sympathy And Sincere Condolences Of The Bangsamoro Transition Authority On The Death Of Fr. Filemon G. Romero, Former Chancellor Of Mindanao State University Tawi-Tawi, And Honoring His Contributions As An Academician And A Scientist In The Field Of Environment And Marine Sciences (co-author)
  3. PR No. 413: Resolution Supporting The Actions Of Our Moro Legislators For Standing On Behalf Of The Bangsamoro, And Ensuring The Protection And Welfare Of Our People Outside The Region (principal author)
  4. PR No. 456: A Resolution Expressing Deepest Condolences And Sympathies To The Family Of The Late Former President Benigno Aquino Iii And Extending Profound Appreciation And Gratitude For His Contribution To Peace And Development In The Bangsamoro Region (principal author)
  5. PR No. 427: Resolution Directing The Bangsamoro Darul-Ifta To Issue Fatwa On What Constitute Halal Conduct Of Public Officials And Employees, As Khalifa, In The Bangsamoro Autonomous Government Pursuant To Moral Governance (co-author)
  6. PR No. 407: A Resolution Expressing Support For The Enactment Into Law Of Senate Bill 2081 And House Bill 8249 Declaring The First Day Of February Of Every Year As National Hijab Day And Promoting An Understanding Of The Muslim Tradition Of Wearing A Hijab (in consolidation with No. 384) (co-author)

First Reading Bills:

  1. Bill No 103: An Act Upgrading Datu Halun Sakilan Memorial Hospital Into A Level II Hospital, Increasing Its Bed Capacity, Upgrading Its Professional Health Care Services And Facilities, Authorizing The Increase Of Its Medical Personnel And Appropriating Funds Therefor (co-author)
  2. Bill No. 108: An Act Operationalizing The Bangsamoro Gazette, Appropriating Funds Therefore, And For Other Purposes (principal author)
  3. Bill No. 109: An Act Institutionalizing The Registration And Regional Database For Informal Workers, Economic Units, And Organizations Or Associations Within The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (principal author)
  4. Bill No. 110: An Act Creating The New Geographic Areas District Engineering Office, Appropriating Funds Therefor, And For Other Purposes (principal author)
  5. Bill No. 113: An Act Establishing A Regionwide Geo-Tagging System For Infrastructure Projects In The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region And Appropriating Funds Therefor (principal author)

Second Reading Bills (second stage):

  1. Bill No. 104: An Act Requiring All Constituent Local Government Units In The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region To Allocate An Adequate Land Space For The Establishment Of A Bangsamoro Public Cemetery, Providing For Its Guidelines, And For Other Purposes (principal author)
  2. Bill No. 105: An Act Creating The Bangsamoro Parliament Corporate Body, Enhancing The Parliamentary Governance Of The Region, And Appropriating Funds Therefor (principal author)

Under Rule XXI, Stages of Legislation of the Parliamentary Rules, during the first reading, a bill is introduced in the BTA. The Speaker shall direct the Secretary-General to read the bill’s number, title and author.

Meanwhile, during the second stage of the second reading, the proponent will deliver his/her sponsorship speech containing the general principles, outline, objectives and purposes of his/her bill.

The session will resume on July 13, 2021.



BTA adopts calendar for 3rd regular session, pushes for strategic planning

The calendar for the third regular session for 2021-2022 was approved by the Members of the Parliament on Wednesday.



With the resumption of the third regular session on June 16, 2021, the  parliament approved proposed resolution no. 447  adopting calendar of session with 60 plenary sessions. Before its adoption, members of the parliament expressed their concerns on the timetable of passing of the priority codes during the specified schedule in the proposed calendar. MP Lorena asked Majority Floor Leader Lanang Ali if consultations to accomplish the priority codes have been considered in the two-week sessions, emphasizing that the BTA should double time for the passage of the codes. To that, MP Ali answered that the priority codes will be passed within this year and that the Chief Minister may call a special session for that purpose on the first and second week of the month. The majority leader also added that his Office and SUBATRA are planning to hold a “strategic and operational planning” on parliamentary procedures focusing on the timetable for deliberating and passing legislations.

Minority Floor Leader Baintan Ampatuan raised that enumeration [of dates] should be linked with a plan to accommodate a lot of pending legislations. She also made a point of inquiry on whether a notice or advisory is still mandatory from the Secretary General considering the calendar has already been set. MP Ali answered that the calendar is a reminder for all MPs about the schedule of sessions and that the Secretary General may send notice beforehand. MP Nabil Tan qualified to move for the approval of the matter in discussion but also asserted that rules can be amended anytime, and he may add dates [in the calendar] during the strategic planning session.

On the query of holidays by MP Saliga, majority leader said that no session will be held when it falls during holidays. In answer to MP Rasol Mitmug’s question about the proposed planning session of the BTA, MP Ali explained that the strategic planning was supposed to be scheduled in May but was postponed to June due to covid-19 surge in the city and neighboring areas but it did not materialize. As of now, the tentative schedule is on the first and second week of July. It was also said that the amendment of house rules is imperative prior to the amendment of the calendar. Speaker Adiong and MP Tago both agreed that legislative agenda should be tackled first in the Committee of Rules. Consequently, the legislative calendar could be enhanced during the planning session.

Calendar can be accessed here:


BTA Session 59 (Part 1) with Transcript

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