P2.7B budget for Bangsamoro in 2015 questioned despite non-passage yetof organic act
The administration’s earmarking of P2.7 billion for the implementation of theBangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) for 20! despite the non"enactment #et of the organic actwas $%estioned toda# at the opening of the appropriations committee hearing on ne&t#ear’s P2.'0'"trillion national b%dget.ep. abriel L%is *%is%mbing ('
+istrict, -eb%), a ice chairman of thecommittee on appropriations, asked B%dget /ecretar# lorencio 1bad wh# there is alread#an appropriation for the BBL implementation when -ongress has not #et enacted theorganic act for the Bangsamoro.The appropriations committee chaired b# ep. sidro 3ngab (4
+istrict, +aao-it#) began hearings on the 20! national b%dget with a briefing from the +eelopmentB%dget -oordinating -ommittee (+B--) which is composed of the +epartment of B%dget and 5anagement (+B5), 6ational conomic and +eelopment 1%thorit#(6+1), +epartment of inance (+8) and
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
(B/P).1bad said the BBL appropriation was proposed in anticipation of the enactment of the organic act at the end of this #ear or earl# 20!.9:e anticipate it (enactment). The President has made his appeal to -ongress that if we can enact the organic act at the end of this #ear or earl# ne&t #ear then the BangsamoroTransition 1%thorit# will take oer and begin to goern the Bangsamoro area,; said 1bad.1bad said it will be diffic%lt to scramble and proide for the necessar# re$%irementsof the Bangsamoro Transition 1%thorit# if this is done in 20!.9:e are anticipating it. The appropriation is also an e&pression of willingness tohelp the e&ec%tie to make proisions once the a%thorit# is there. This show of s%pport isnecessar#. think there will be disc%ssions with the 5oro slamic Liberation ront on howwe will implement this program,; said 1bad.1bad also stressed that the BBL b%dget is different from the b%dget for the1%tonomo%s egion of 5%slim 5indanao (155).n his b%dget message to -ongress, President 1$%ino said in anticipation of theBBL, a total proposed b%dget of P2.7 billion, to be lodged in ario%s agencies, is being setaside to implement the law.
NR # 3550CAUG 6, 2014