Tag: moral governance

๐“๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ, ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ ๐š๐ฐ๐š ๐ฌ๐š ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ ๐ง๐  ๐‚๐จ๐ญ๐š๐›๐š๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ญ ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐š๐ฐ๐ข

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.

BARMM welcome its new parliament: Rekindling hope and rebuilding capacities

๐˜‰๐˜ˆ๐˜™๐˜”๐˜” ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜•๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜š๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ ๐˜”๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฐ
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While global peacebuilding efforts seem to be under assault, the Philippinesโ€™ own local peacebuilding infrastructure that is the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao(BARMM) serves as a beacon of hope for a sustainable peace and order in Mindanao. The passage and ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law in 2019 is the result of a decades-long peacebuilding drive towards nation and state building by the government as it recognizes the unique histories, origins, laws, cultures and societies of the Bangsamoro people. The same BOL brought forth the creation of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).
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The BTA have been faced with huge challenges since its conception. The timelines set forth by the Bangsamoro Organic Law were admittedly short and even optimistic considering the complexity and magnitude of the BTAโ€™s mandate. Nearly a year into the transition period, the COVID-192 pandemic hit the entire country. By mid-2020, the BTA had to prioritize its pandemic response. Despite these, we cannot also deny the significant milestones that have been achieved by the BTA in its first three years.
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๐˜‰๐˜›๐˜ˆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ
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Out of the six (6) priority legislations embedded in its mandate, the BTA has already successfully passed and enacted three major legislations of which are- the Administrative Code, the Civil Service Code, and the Education Code. With the passage of these Codes, the BTA has significantly jumpstarted the process of building up its capacities to establish credible, transparent, participatory, and efficient public institutions. These are all keys to attaining peace, stability and sustainable development in fragile post-conflict setting of BARMM.
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Achieving developmental goals like poverty reduction, improved health and quality education is innately linked to institutional capacity, good governance, and sound fiscal management. Thus, the importance of the abovementioned enacted Codes, as well as the remaining priorities legislation, cannot be understated because of their enormous significance to institutional capacity of the BARMM. A stronger BARMM bureaucracy will largely depend on the foundation laid by the BTA. This will enable the Bangsamoro government to deliver on its social and political promises along with the needed public goods and services such as security, health care, education, and infrastructure.
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As such, strong bureaucracy entails a solid governance infrastructure, competent human resource, enhanced fiscal capacity and good financial management. These three elements are contained in the very fabric of the BOL and the BTAโ€™s mandate. Thus, the justifiable extension of the BARMMโ€™s transition period has allowed the BTA flexibility and sufficient time to accomplish its governance objectives.
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One of these governance objectives is the development and management of its human resources. This requires the BTA to attract and to retain much-needed staff with appropriate skills and values. The lack of staff capacity in any organization or agency typically results to weak planning and budgeting structures and ineffectual program implementation. It should be noted that a very crucial component for a strong bureaucracy is the quality, capacity and competence of its human resources. With the term extension, the BTA will have adequate time to more than fulfill its human resource requirement and to provide quality service that embody its guiding principle of moral governance.
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Other areas of institution building that BTA hopes to address are the fiscal capacity building and its financial management. It has already identified revenue generation and economic comparative advantage under its 12-point priority agenda for 2023-2025. It should be noted that there is a two-way relationship between the revenue and expenditure sides of fiscal capacity: governments need revenue in order to provide services, but they must provide services in order for people to be willing to pay taxes. With the Revenue Code underway, the BTA has already taken steps to materialize the BARMMโ€™s fiscal capacity.
This fiscal capacity enshrines and legitimizes BARMM as an autonomous government because it ensures sustainable funding to support and maintain its operations and delivery of services and goods to its constituents. Enhanced fiscal capacity is equivalent to greater local fiscal autonomy. Improved fiscal autonomy of BARMM will signify more power to create its own sources of revenue in addition to its equitable share in the national taxes. More importantly, the BARMM will have more authority and control on how to allocate its resources in accordance with its own priorities. To attain true local autonomy, the BARMM has to achieve genuine local fiscal autonomy.
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๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜‰๐˜›๐˜ˆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด
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Local autonomy of BARMM carries the promise of sustainable peace and development for the region. However, said promise can be much better fulfilled through strategic, data-based planning, and proactive legislation. With more than adequate socio-economic and ecological data available from various local and international sources and its unique governance structure, the BTA has been presented with the huge opportunity to connect data-based planning with data-driven public decision-making of the Bangsamoro authorities. The fused executive and legislative powers and functions make BTA inherently empowered to make public policies and programs quicker and more responsive to address socio-structural roots of conflict and the day to day realities of its communities.
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Despite huge challenges, the extension term given to the BTA and the introduction of new members has provided for the continuity and enhancement of said capacities and opportunities for BARMM. The recent appointment of new personalities from various background and fields means injection of new blood and energy as well as introduction of new perspectives and additional expertise in the BTA Parliament. These new members combined with seasoned legislators of the previous Parliament must be received with optimism and renewed hope for successful enactments of more laws such as the Local Government Code, Revenue Code, Electoral Code and the Indigenous Peoples Code, prescribed by the BOL and more.
The status quo in the BARMM paves the way to strengthen our peacekeeping interventions, putting a great emphasis on what is already effective and efficient. The newly elected President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr has acknowledged the vital work the BTA has done during its first three years. He has already pledged his full support to the newly rejuvenated BTA in its accomplishment of its core mandates, functions and goals to realize the national aspiration of lasting peace and development of BARMM.
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*This article is an original piece written by the Office of MP Mitmug – Communications Division. Photos courtesy by OPAPPRU.

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).

 

Mitmug aids BARMM constituents with TDIF: A recap from 2020-2022

Aiming to uplift the lives of the Bangsamoro, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) expanded and augmented ย its ย assistance through its Transitional Development Impact Fund (TDIF). The TDIF allocated to the Office of MP Atty. Rasol Y. Mitmug Jr. was faithfully extended to various sectors in Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.

The Office through the Ministry of Health (MOH) โ€“ BARMM turned over one mobile clinic to the Integrated Provincial Health Office of Lanao del Sur on July 5, 2021, and it conducted a medical outreach program in Brgy. Mapantao, Lumba Bayabao, Lanao del Sur on December 11, 2021. Moreover, it distributed a total of 12 digital duplicators to various municipalities in Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao. Municipalities who were beneficiaries of the duplicators are the following: Kapatagan, Marantao, Taraka, Maguing, Lumba Bayabao, Brgy. Sagonsongan, Marawi City and Municipality of Parang, Maguindanao with the Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE) under the 2020 TDIF.

Together with the Ministry of Public Works and Highways-Lanao del Sur (MPW-LDS), the Office also conducted site visits to various areas in identified municipalities for the installation of solar streetlights.

Meanwhile, the Office distributed four (4) WD Tractor (100 Hp) with farm implements with 100 disc plows, disc harrows, trailers, and other farm equipment to BARMM farmers in the Municipality of Tuburan and Sumisip in Basilan. Under the same program, the Office also provided financial assistance on the procurement of fruit seedlingsโ€”lanzones, rambutan, banana lakatan, durian and mangosteenโ€” to the Malibacao Agricultural Cooperative of the South Upi, Maguindanao through Free-Range Chicken Raising and Goat Raising projects. Same assistance was extended (Goat Raising) to the Masiu Farmers Producers Cooperative of the Talub, Masiu, Lanao del Sur with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR).

The Office was also given opportunity to offer educational assistance through the Ministry of Indigenous Peoplesโ€™ Affairs to Henry B. Sangcayao Jr. of Brgy. Kibucay, Upi, Maguindanao, Amichell M. Rubio of Remepes, Upi, Maguindanao, and Janine Alexis G. Andres of Nuro, Upi, Maguindanao. Each beneficiary received monetary assistance worth 15,000.00 for their education.

In addition, MP Mitmug extended assistance to the beneficiaries of ย Bangsamoro Rural Employment through Entrepreneurial Development (BREED), in particular, the Babsan Service Cooperative, Darul-Arham Livestock Producer and Cooperative, Ikram Agriculture Cooperative, Lumba Marantao Farmers and Fisherfolk Producer Cooperative, OISCA Farm Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Panabang Youth Service Cooperative, Ranaw Rizki Marketing Cooperative (Bangsamoro Sustainable Farming Agriculture Products), Taliong Marketing Cooperative, Tuca Sisterly Cooperative, Ittihad Cooperative, Datu Mitmug Farmers Association, Gambai Salam Producer Cooperative, Lobo Basara Farm Cooperative, Mabuhay Lumba Bayabao Marketing Youth Cooperative, Tacder Marketing Cooperative, Barlins Farmers Agri Cooperative, Farm of Hope Producer Cooperative, Shafaat Agriculture Cooperative (Mushroom for Change), Kapitan Laut Boisan Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Panamar ko Ranao Marketing Cooperative, Save Lanao Agri Farm Agricultural Cooperative, Bagoenged Proper Agriculture Cooperative, Nalkan Initiative Agriculture Cooperative, Golden Harvest Farmers Marketing, Bilhhikma Farmers Marketing Cooperative and United Bangsamoro Magungaya Producers Cooperative. The goal of this project is to provide start-up capital to support the organized rural workers’ associations in generating employment opportunities in the communities of Lanao del Sur.

As part of the June celebration of the Philippine Environmental Month (Proclamation No. 237, s. 1988), the Office conducted a Tree Planting Program through the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy at Lanao Agricultural College, Lumbatan, Lanao del Sur last June 2, 2022. The said project was availed through the 2021 TDIF.ย  Part of the advocacy of this Office is the preservation of the regionโ€™s environmental resources. ย 

๐Œ๐“๐ˆ๐“ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Œ๐Ž๐€ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐Œ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐›๐š๐œ๐š๐จ ๐€๐ ๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐‚๐จ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐Ÿ‘.๐Ÿ’-๐Œ ๐œ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ง ๐’๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก ๐”๐ฉ๐ข

The Office of MP Mitmug attended the Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Ministry of Trade, Investments, and Tourism and Malibacao Agriculture Cooperative for the renovation of a coffee processing center, including post-harvest processing machinery and equipment last March 17, 2022 at MTIT, Cotabato City.

Malibacao Agriculture Cooperative was endorsed by MP Mitmug as a recipient of the program under the Transitional Development Impact Fund.

Minister Abuamri Taddik opened the ceremony, and messages of support were given by Director-General Rosslaini Alonto, Mr. Anwar Dimaucom (TDIF Focal), and the Office of MP Rasol Mitmug, Jr. (represented by PAO IV Jamil Bejerano).

Rizalex Favilla, President of Malibacao Agriculture Cooperative, relayed his deep gratitude to the Ministry and MP Mitmug, saying they could not believe the amount of support they were being given.

Also in attendance at the MOA signing was Mr. Estanislao Gepte, Head of the Board of Directors of Malibacao Cooperative and project coordinator of North Star Upi Coffee Project.