By Ali G. Macabalang
Two of 15 ministries of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) are allocated smaller budgets this year in comparison to their allocations last year.
The agencies with decreased budgets are the Ministry of Finance and Budget Management (MFBM) and the Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG), according to a comparative BARMM budgets table in 2020 and 2021 which the Philippine Muslim Today news obtained upon official request from the regional government.
According to the comparative table, the MILG is allocated 1,055,588,519-peso budget this year, which reflects some P300-million reduction from its 1,354,637,972-peso subsidy in 2020. The MFBM, on the hand, got 389,622,624-peso budget this year indicating a decrease of over P64-million from its 454,049,670-peso share last year.
Media people covering the BARMM interim operations have been appalled over the unexplained decline in the MILG budget, noting that such agency and its minister, lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, have been the most visible and dynamic in public eyes since the establishment of the regional bureaucracy and even in drafting of the new autonomy law.
“We (in cabinet) have agreed that they will augment our budget from the allocation of the Office of the Chief Minister,” Minister Sinarimbo said without elaboration when asked by the Philippine Muslim Today news via messenger.
A press briefing on the reasons and rationale behind the apportioning of budget shares among the instruments of the BARMM bureaucracy is imperative, according to constituents including media workers advocating transparency.
The 2020 and 2021 budgets of the BARMM ministries and legislature are products of Regional Appropriations Acts enacted by the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) parliament.
The comparative budget schedule is shown before public welfare:
Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Budget for 2020 and 2021
|Office/Ministry||2020 Budget||2021 Budget|
|Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA)||P2,591,131,798.60||P3,707,969,000.00|
|Office of the Chief Minister (OCM)||P7,922,849,141.76||P10,292,444,735.25|
|Ministry of Finance and Budget and Management||P454,049,670.50||P389,622,624.49|
|Ministry of Social Services and Development||P2,033,934,622.42||P3,320,606,376.05|
|Ministry of Trade, Investments, and Tourism||P279,828,949.72||P323,537,406.68|
|Ministry of Labor and Employment||P193,213,547.26||P274,104,652.74|
|Ministry of Transportation and Communication||P214,911,562.40||P623,200,803.21|
|Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education||P19,056,935,766.67||P23,521,710,468.87|
|Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs||P99,635,217.70||P105,244,913.04|
|Ministry of Health||P3,069,533,195.95||P5,120,445,263.26|
|Ministry of Public Works||P4,089,426,542.06||P15,793,522,929.66|
|Ministry of the Interior and Local Government||P1,354,637,972.84||P1,055,588,519.60|
|Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy||P460,483,910.78||P553,798,941.86|
|Ministry of Human Settlement and Development||P94,935,427.50||P811,012,237.93|
|Ministry of Science and Technology||P164,560,997.76||P197,227,565.61|
|Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform||P986,810,707,87||P1,530,859,966.65|
|Ministry of Public Order and Safety||P86,808,855.58||P108,821,965.09|
|Total||P65 billion||P75.6 billion|