By ALI G. MACABALANG
COTABATO CITY – The Parliament of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) is set to start tackling priority bills in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) in September this year, officials said.
Among the priority measures set for deliberation upon submission by proponent parties are the BARMM’s Administrative Code (AC) and the Local Governance Code (LGC), according to parliament Majority Floor Leader Atty. Lanang Ali Jr. and Local Government Minister Naguib Sinarimbo.
BARMM’s Attorney General Sha Elijah Dumama-Alba and Minister Sinarimbo presented the CA and LGC drafts, respectively, at separate cabinet meetings, it was learned.
Pending refinement discussions, the cabinet has set the submission of both drafts to the parliament in July or before September, Sinarimbo said.
The Bangsamoro Government is currently following the Bangsamoro Transition skeletal operations pending the passage of the Administrative Code, a law that will define the administrative structures in the BARMM, including the creation of line offices, among others.
The Bureau of Public Information (BPI) quoted Majority Leader Ali as conveying confidence that the passage of the Bangsamoro Administrative Code would smoothen the operations of the regional bureaucracy.
The current Bangsamoro transition plan was approved and adopted last year by the BTA, its provisions were also used as the basis of drafting the Administrative Code, the BPI said.
“And once we pass the administrative code, this will be the permanent procedures and structure that we will use,” Ali was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, Ali also underscored the urgency of filing the LGC before September, though citing the need for refinements in some of its provisions.
Interview by The Philippines Muslim Today on Wednesday, Minister Sinarimbo mentioned the provisions on proposed hike in monthly income of elected barangay officials and a regulatory action on political dynasty in the autonomous region.
“The coverage of this code (LGC) is broad and we need public consultations from the ground. We will go to the LGUs and ask them about their proposed provisions that we can possibly include in this code. Because this code will consume a lot of time, we need to file this right away,” Ali was quoted as saying earlier.
Also set for immediate submission to the parliament are the Bangsamoro Electoral Code, the Civil Service Code, Revenue Code, and the Law on Indigenous People.
The priority measures will undergo plenary deliberations in October and beyond, it was learned. AGM