BBM asked to create ‘Search Committee’ for BTA applicants

By MASIDING NOOR YAHYA

Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. FILE

ILIGAN CITY — As Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. (BBM) is expected to appoint the 80 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) after he officially assumes as Philippine chief executive on June 30, a Bangsamoro group has asked him to create a ‘Search Committee’ to help in screening applicants for the interim authority which is the governing body of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

Abulkhair Alibasa, regional coordinator for Central and Northern Mindanao, in an open letter to Marcos furnished to Philippine Muslim Today newspaper, said the Search Committee can help in finding the most, right, and ideal members of the BARMM-BTA that will handle the region until the 2025 Election.

“The members of the search committee should come from the various sectors representing the different stakeholders of the autonomous region such as the women, academe, professionals, NGOs, religious, business sectors among others,” said Alibasa.

He said the Bangsamoro Organic Law, as amended, which created BARMM, the President shall appoint the 80 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) to serve until 2025 Election.

He said the prospective BTA members shall demonstrate their respective qualifications, capabilities, and platforms to improve the region in a Public Forum to be conducted and supervised by the Search Committee in coordination with the DILG-National.

Among the selection procedures to be conducted the Committee include that applicants shall, in a 5-minute deliberation, present their legislative agenda for the autonomous region, including peace and order, health, education, agriculture, cleansing the election process in the region, improving basic service delivery, ensuring transparency, and curbing corruption, as well as their proposed amendments to BOL if any, and how the BARMM will be effective partner by the National Government for better Philippines to be followed by a ‘Question and Answer’ portion with the panelists and the audience.

The group suggested a forum to be held in the five (5) provinces of the BARMM and shall form part of the activities of the Screening Committee to ensure the smooth, orderly, and equitable implementation of its mandate to screen and recommend the most suitable persons for the positions in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao-Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BARMM-BTA).

“From the lens of civil society organizations in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur of which our group is a member, we would always claim that as far as Bangsamoro Region is concerned, we need to be consulted and involved on the pretext of “nothing about us, without us,” the group open letter said. (PMT)

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