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Mindanao enters age of peace,

progress with ratification of BOL Message from the
Implementing Partners

Photo Credits: Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A new era has opened in the history of Mindanao. First DELACSE Phase 2 Basic
Leadership Seminar tackles
L ast January 25, the
Commission on Elections
(COMELEC) en banc, sitting
considers a pivotal and historic
milestone in Mindanao.
intricacies and implications of BOL

as the National Plebiscite “I am very hopeful that with the

Board of Canvassers (NPBOC) ratification of the Bangsamoro
proclaimed the ratification of the Organic Law, Mindanao can
Bangsamoro Organic Law after finally enjoy long lasting peace
canvassing all four Certificates and inclusive growth that will
of Canvass of the January 21 benefit the entire Philippines, not
plebiscite. only you (Bangsamoro),” Duterte
The BOL will replace the
ARMM with BARMM that has Based on the canvassing, people
an expanded land and water from the Autonomous Region Project Partner Organizations
jurisdiction, fiscal autonomy, in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
increased share in national voted in favor of the Bangsamoro
government resources, among Autonomous Region in Muslim
others. Mindanao (BARMM)’s creation
with 1,540,017. Cotabato City also
During the Peace Assembly opted to join the BARMM, with
for the Ratification of the BOL 36,682 ‘Yes’ votes.
in Cotabato City, President
Rodrigo Duterte has lauded the More than 1.8 million people
ratification of the BOL which he Continue to page 7


“For almost three decades, the European Union has been a partner of the
Government of the Philippines and of the people of Mindanao, committed
to support the Mindanao peace process. The financial support to DELACSE
Project (Democratic Leadership and Active Civil Society Empowerment in the
Bangsamoro), confirms our commitment on continuing this path. The DELACSE
Bangsamoro project is now entering in its second phase for another 2 years, after
having implemented a successful first phase, where we built a foundation on which
active civil society participation within the Autonomous region could become
possible. With the DELACSE project, EU’s objective is to enhance leadership
abilities and prepare Bangsamoro decision-makers and civil society leaders for an
active engagement in the new political framework.

Through this project, we have managed to establish partnerships with more than
40 CSOs. We have trained 80 CSO leader trainers on Active Democratic Leadership
and we have enhanced the leadership capacity of more than 100 CSO leaders. And
now with this second phase, more is to come in particular with the inclusion of the
H.E. Ambassador
young people. When the European Union decided to fund this project, the fate of
Franz Jessen
BoL was uncertain and the Mindanao peace process was challenged. Today, the
Government of the Philippines and the people of Mindanao are working together to
Head of Delegation,
build the political future of Bangsamoro. This project is a fulfilment of the European
European Union to the
Union’s pledge to peace and development in Mindanao. By supporting democratic
leadership capacity development we aimed at building the Bangsamoro’s ability to
manage its own future.

On this note, we are grateful to have contributed to the improvement of democratic

leadership capabilities and to the active empowerment of leaders in Bangsamoro in
a time that might be a milestone of the future of the people of the Philippines.”

“The Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) is grateful to continue with
its civil society empowerment program in the Bangsamoro. Through the ardent
support of the European Union and our CSO partners, IAG is thrilled to take the
lead in the implementation of the second phase of “Democratic Leadership and Civil
Society Empowerment in the Bangsamoro (DELACSE Bangsamoro) because of its
timeliness and relevance in light of the very recent political developments in the
Bangsamoro region.

Our partner civil society organizations (CSOs) have remarkably increased from 50
during the project’s first phase to now more than 90 organizations scattered across
the region. This sharp increase provides opportunity for the project to reach more
Atty. Benedicto civil society leaders who remain committed and genuinely interested to empower
Bacani themselves as the future leaders of the Bangsamoro. During the second half of 2018,
the project has already started conducting several capacity-building activities and
Executive Director, opportunities for dialogue with our partner CSOs in many areas of the Bangsamoro.
Institute for Autonomy
and Governance The activities undertaken were met by our partner CSOs with great appreciation
and hopes that they will continue to be included in the future activities of the
project. They likewise communicated to our team the topics that are of interest
to them as well as their learning expectations from our activities and mentoring
programs. This goes hand in hand with our pursuit to empower these CSOs as they
assert their interests and policy agenda in the incoming Bangsamoro government.”


“We at Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Philippines are extremely pleased

with once again being part of Muslim Mindanao’s journey towards peace and
development, through the Democratic Leadership and Civil Society Empowerment
in the Bangsamoro or DELACSE 2.

The timing is crucial now, more than ever. In the historic vote creating the
Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the Bangsamoro
people will be given the reigns to self-determination and -governance. With genuine
hope in this new chapter lies many challenges and numerous tasks: establishing the
necessary democratic institutions in Muslim Mindanao; developing leaders within
the Bangsamoro Transition Authority and the succeeding Bangsamoro Parliament;
forming genuine political parties in the region---the list goes on.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Jost KAS, being in numerous countries all over the world, provides the expertise
and support for Muslim Mindanao’s endeavours for reconciliation, justice, and
Country Director, prosperity. This has been evident in the continuous support of both KAS and the
Konrad-Adenauer- European Union (EU) of past EU co-funded projects, such as: the “Recognition
Stiftung Philippines of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the ARMM for their Empowerment and
Sustainable Development” (IPDEV), “Democratic Leadership and Active Civil
Society Empowerment” (DEPADEV), and the 1st phase of DELACSE.

From our experience in the country, we have come to the realization that civil
society is of utmost importance in improving and deepening the democratic
structures in the Philippines, as well as in building a more inclusive society.”

“The core of the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)’s work in the past three
decades has always been meaningful engagement with civil society and solidarity
with the peoples they serve and accompany. In Mindanao, IID has established
strong and deep relationships with different sectors through its peacebuilding work
and its involvement in the peace process.

Being a part of the second phase of the Democratic Leadership and Active Civil
Society Empowerment in the Bangsamoro (DELACSE) is a welcome addition to the
work that IID has been doing, especially in the context of the political transition
of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to the Bangsamoro
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

As new opportunities and challenges arise from the transition process, IID sees
Gus Miclat DELACSE 2 as a project that looks to the future and offers a vital accompaniment
for the Bangsamoro people, especially civil society organizations, as they find and
Executive Director, build spaces for meaningful participation in the new Bangsamoro political entity.
Initiatives for
International Dialogue As part of DELACSE 2, IID is more than ready to help build these essential spaces
for engagement and participation and bridge these spaces together. Alongside
the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) and the Konrad Adenauer
Stiftung (KAS), with the support of the European Union (EU), IID is honored to
work with the Bangsamoro people as they continue to assert their aspirations for
genuine autonomy, effective governance, and the fulfillment of their right to self-




Leaders from various civil society organizations and emerging local political parties participated in the first-ever DELACSE Bangsamoro Phase II Basic Leadership Seminar
in Davao City last November 21-22 titled “Empowering the Civil Society Leaders of the Bangsamoro.” DELACSE Bangsamoro wants to help future Bangsamoro leaders to
have sound judgment of the BOL and to improve their understanding of the intricacies of the law.

T he Democratic
Leadership and Active
Civil Society Empowerment in
judgment of the BOL, they need
to understand the law, and to
increase their awareness and
socioeconomic funds.

Atty. Julkipli added that the

the Bangsamoro (DELACSE address misconceptions about law allows for the people of the
Bangsamoro) opens the second the law. Bangsamoro to be given greater
phase of the program with political power to enable them to
a 2-day Basic Leadership Prof. Christopher Ryan Maboloc chart their own course. Chairman
Seminar (BLS) held in Davao of Ateneo de Davao University of the Regional Board of
City. Dubbed as “Empowering discussed the Implications of Investments (ARMM) Atty. Ishak
the Civil Society Leaders of the the Bangsamoro Agenda. He said Mastura discussed about
Bangsamoro,” the seminar was the ratification of the BOL is part the Parliamentary Setup under
attended by various civil society of the promise of President the BOL. He explained that
organizations and emerging Rodrigo Duterte to deliver residents will vote for the
local political parties in the genuine autonomy to the Moro representatives of the 80-member
Bangsamoro region. people in Mindanao.Maboloc Bangsamoro parliament, with
added that it is also in line with chief minister and two deputy
The BLS serves as an educational the President’s directive to chief ministers shall be elected
forum or extended support to implement all the signed peace by majority votes from among
dialogues on the intricacies of agreements with the Moro fronts. the members of the Parliament.
the Bangsamoro Organic Law Atty. Mastura added that the
(BOL). Narciso Jover Jr., Project For his part, Atty. Mohammad 80-member Bangsamoro
Manager of DELACSE Phase Al Amin Julkipli, a consultant of Parliament is composed of 50%
2, told the participants that the UNDP Philippines discussed the party representatives, 40%
main objective of the BLS was to salient features of the BOL. The district representatives, and 10%
empower the CSO and Political current BOL, he said, includes reserved seats and sectoral
Party leaders by educating them the concept of “block grant” representatives with two reserved
on what the impact of the BOL which automatically gives the seats for non-Moro IPs and settler
will be on their lives. future Bangsamoro regional communities and settler
government an annual communities.
He added that for the people fund on top of its internal
of Bangsamoro to have sound revenue allotment and other Continue to next page.


From previous page. of the present Autonomous local governance, saying a big
The enactment of an organic Region in Muslim Mindanao, responsibility falls into the
law that will formally create 6 towns in Lanao del Norte, 39 shoulders of CSOs and Political
the Bangsamoro territory is a barangays in North Cotabato, Parties to help implement
big leaptowards the aspirations and the cities of Cotabato and initiatives under the new
of the Bangsamoro people, Isabela. Bangsamoro territory.
says Atty. Michael Henry
Yusingco of the Ateneo School of Lastly, Mr. Lambert Ramirez, The BOL, called the Bangsamoro
Government. However, he added Project Coordinator of Libertas Basic Law during the legislative
that the path ahead still needs to Philippines, and former process, is the enabling
hurdle legal challenges, one of DELACSE Bangsamoro Phase measure for the replacement
which is the actual plebiscite on 1 Project Manager April De la of ARMM with a more
January 21, 2019. Cruz-Faderan, talked about the administratively and politically-
role of Civil Society and Political empowered Bangsamoro
Atty. Yusingco also gave a Parties in the New Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim
lecture on the fundamentals of Government. Both discussants Mindanao, or BARMM.
Parliamentary and Electoral agreed that good governance
Systems. A plebiscite for the is the key to a successful The new region will initially
ratification of the BOL is implementation of the BOL. be led during transition by the
scheduled two months from now MILF, which negotiated for the
in the areas identified in the law, They also emphasized the peace agreement that the BOL is
which includes the core territory importance of inclusivity in meant to implement.

T he BOL guarantees
the aspirations of the
Bangsamoro people for enduring
peace, affirmation of distinct
identity, right to chart political
future using democratic
processes, and meaningful self-
governance. “Fiscal governance
to attain self-sufficiency. Yung
hindi na tayo manghihingi sa
national government,” Sema
explained to the participants of
the Basic Leadership Seminar at
N Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.

He also encouraged them to

vote in the plebiscite and to
encourage their constituents
to do the same so that finally,
Bangsamoro can enjoy genuine “While it is not perfect, it is a good law. Good enough for us to begin with a clean slate,” Commissioner Omar
and meaningful self-governance. Yasser Sema of the Bangsamoro Transition said when he gave the participants a rundown of the salient
features of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
DELACSE Bangsamoro also history, the historical injustice Roderico Dumaug, Jr., former
invited other resource persons to against the Moro people, and its Founding President of the
talk about political reform and struggle for political, economic, Centrist Democracy Party of
the role of CSOs in achieving the and cultural autonomy. “You the Philippines tackled the
same. Ateneo de Davao Professor can’t change people but you can fundamentals of parliamentary
Christopher Ryan Maboloc change policies. If you change and electoral systems so that the
started the two-day seminar these, the people will conform to CSO leaders can better
with a glimpse of Philippine the norms,” Maboloc explained. Continue to next page.


because the prevailing paradigm

now is that both sectors can work
together to achieve common goals.
To further enrich the discussion,
Dumaug added that CSOs and
political organizations can
enhance the power and influence
of citizens’ voice in advocating
for policies and improving

The CSO leaders culminated

the two-day seminar with a
In photo, the representative from the last group assessed their strengths and weaknesses as CSOs as well as collaboration session. They
their line of work’s areas for improvements and opportunities.
mapped out their existing
From previous page. parties and party-driven, not resources, challenges, strategies,
understand the parliamentary personality-driven, programs. and goals. This resulted to a
form of government of the Balay Mindanaw Chairperson productive brainstorming session
future Bangsamoro. The fusion Charlito Manlupig clarified the on how they can further their own
of powers of the legislative role of CSOs as people’s partner goals through a shared initiative
and executive departments in responding to challenges and with other organizations in their
will ensure harmony in the conflicts. While CSOs cannot area. Although no formal deals
formulation and implementation grow as big as government were inked between CSOs that
of laws. institutions, that doesn’t meant afternoon, it sparked a few ideas
Moreover, this will pave the that the former has to engage in that could lead to long-lasting
way for the rise of principled a power struggle with the latter partnerships.



S peaking at a seminar
in Zamboanga City attended
by CSO leaders from Basilan
the government and Moro
groups. It is largely based on the
Comprehensive Agreement on
Province, Bangsamoro the Bangsamoro, the peace deal
Transition Commission (BTC) between the government and the
Commissioner Atty. Jose Lorena Moro Islamic Liberation Front
said CSO leaders should be the (MILF).
champions of the Bangsamoro
Organic Law (BOL), and must be “The BOL preamble mirrors the
equipped to defend the legislation entire law. It is wrong to say that
from critics. the law will lead to secession. In
fact, if you read the preamble,
Lorena gave a lecture on the it mentions that it is within the
salient features of the BOL and framework of the Constitution.”
said CSO leaders can be confident
in correcting misconceptions At the same time, Lorena said the
about the law only if they have BOL addresses not just the
The participants were asked to undergo a workshop sufficient understanding of the clamor of the Moro people but
on networking and coordinating with other CSOs law. also interest of the Indigenous
and Political Organizations, where they were able
Peoples and Christian settlers. He
to exchange views and share insights about their
individual and collective CSO experiences. The BOL is a product of a series considers the BOL as an
of peace negotiations between Continue to next page.


From previous page. From front page The second round of BOL
all-inclusive law – a product of from seven areas in Mindanao plebiscite took place on
decades of struggle and peace participated in the first BOL February 6. According to the
negotiations. plebiscite, according to the poll Comelec, around 75 percent
body. of the voters participated in
The law will create a new the second phase of the BOL
Bangsamoro region with COMELEC spokesperson plebiscite.
enhanced autonomy. This region James Jimenez said a total
will have a parliamentary form of 1,844,873 out of 2,167,244 A total of 63 barangays out of
of government composed of 80 registered voters cast their the 67 from seven towns in
members representing different votes in the plebiscite, which North Cotabato have voted to
parties, sectors and districts translates to a voter turnout be included in the BARMM.
elected by the people. of 85.13 percent. He added Meanwhile, NPBOC proclaimed
that the highest individual that the towns of Baloi, Munai,
voter turnouts were recorded Nunungan, Pantar, Tagoloan,
in Maguindanao and Lanao and Tangkal, all of the province
del Sur with 93.35 percent of Lanao del Norte, shall not
and 92.5 percent, respectively. form part of the BARMM.
Basilan had 81.98 percent while Majority of the towns in Lanao
Sulu recorded 80.28 percent. del Norte have voted to not let
Tawi-Tawi had the lowest voter go of the six towns.
turnout among the provinces
of the Autonomous Region in The Bangsamoro territorial
Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), jurisdiction consists of the
at 77.17 percent. The cities known present geographical
of Cotabato and Isabela have areas of ARMM, except the City
tallied 54.22 percent and 58.70 of Isabela in the Province of
percent, respectively. Basilan, Cotabato City, and 63
barangays in North Cotabato.


“The Bangsamoro Organic Law is not an ordinary PROVINCE
legislation, it’s a product of continous engagement
and decades of negotiations.” words by Q: Payag ba kayo na pagtibayin ang Batas Republika Blg. 11054 na kilala din bilang “Organic Law
Commissioner Atty. Jose Lorena during his lecture. for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao”?

ARMM 1,980,441 1,738,767 1,540,017 198,750

The law consists of 18 articles
which covers the definition of
the territorial jurisdiction of the Q: Payag ba kayo na isama ang Lungsod ng Isabela, Basilan sa Rehiyong Awtonomo ng
BARMM, general principles and
policies, the powers and structure BASILAN 190,861 156,468 144,640 8,487

of the Bangsamoro government,

Wali, basic rights, justice system, Q: Payag ba kayo na isama ang Lungsod ng Isabela sa Rehiyong Awtonomo ng Bangsamoro?
national defense and security,
fiscal autonomy, regionals ISABELA CITY 71,124 41,748 19,032 22,441
autonomy and patrimony,
rehabilitation and development,
plebiscite, amendments and Q: Payag ba kayo na isama ang Lungsod ng Cotabato sa Rehiyong Awtonomo ng Bangsamoro?

transitory provisions.
COTABATO CITY 113,751 58,806 36,682 24,994




• Bangsamoro Women Service Center (BWSC) • Organization of T’eduray and Lambangian

• Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society Conference (OTLAC)
(CBCS) Regional • Suara Kalilintad
• Cotabato Center for Peace and Development • T’eduray and Lambangian Women’s
Initiatives (CCPDI) Organization, Inc.
• GAP hunger • T’eduray and Lambangain Youth and
• Federation of Bangsamoro Civil Society Students Association (TLYSA)
Organization (FBCSO) • Tabang Ako Siyap ko Bangsa Iranun saya ko
• Institute for Bangsamoro Studies (IBS) kalilintad ago kapamamagayon (TASBIKKa
• Kadtabanga Foundation for PDA Inc. Incorporated)
• Kadtuntaya Foundation Inc. • Timuay Justice and Governance (TJG)
• Lipad Mindanao Inc. • Tiyakap Kalilintad, Inc.
• Magungaya Mindanao, Inc. (MMI) • United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP)
• Mindanao Action for Peace and Development • United Indigenous Peoples Youth
Initiatives (MAPAD) Organization
• Mindanao Organization for Social and • United Youth for Peace and Development
Economic Progress, Inc. (MOSEP) (UNYPAD)
• Moro Women Development and Cultural • Young Advocates of Peace and Development
Center, Inc. (MWDECC) Network (YAPDN)
• Muslim Youth Religious Organization, Inc. • Young Centrists Union (YCU) Bangsamoro


• Bangsamoro Youth Coalition for Peace and • Mindanao State University Legal Aid Center
Development (BYCPD) (MSULAC)
• Association of Lanao GAD Advocates, Inc • Muccard-Ranao
(ALGADAI) • Network Organization for Reform (NOR)
• Betans Do Care (BDC) • Noorus Salam
• BUKLOD Multi-purpose Cooperative + • Pailig Development Foundation Inc.
Ranao Muslim-Christian Movement for • Pakigdait Incorporated
Peace & Dialogue • RANAO
• Coalition for Reform and Empowerment • Ranaw Watch for Empowerment Network
• Coalition of Moro Youth Movement (CMYM) (RAWATEN), Inc.
• Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society • Reconciliatory Initiatives for Devt.
(CBCS) LDS Chapter Opportunities (RIDO) Inc.
• Institute for Peace and Development in • Social Initiatives for the Advancement of
Mindanao (IPDM) Peace (SIAP)
• Kalimudan sa Ranao Foundation Inc. • Tapukan Farmers Movement for Progress
• Kapamagogopa Inc. and Concord, Inc. (TFMPC)
• Lanao Del Sur People’s Council (LDSPC) • UMMIND Inc and Lanao Eagles Club
• Maranao People Development Center (UMMID)
(MARADECA) • United Mothers of Marawi Inc. (UMMI)
• Mindanao Dynamic Culture of Peace Inc.



• Al-Ishaan Foundation, Inc. • Muassatul Ihsan

• Balanting Kasambohan People/s • Nagdilaab Foundation
Organization, Inc. • Nakib Thao Center for Entrepreneurship
• Bantay Basilan • ROSE Women Organization
• Basilan Ulama Supreme Council • Sahaya Alnour Community Assoc.(SACA)
• Basilan Women’s Initiative Foundation, Inc. Inc.
• CBCS RMC Basilan • Tagah Youth Concern Inc.
• Citizens Coalition for ARMM Electoral • Women Endeavor Association of Basilan
Reforms (Citizens CARE) - Basilan Chapter • Yakan Initiative for Socio-economic
• Kabataan Advocates for Peace & Unity Development Alliance Inc (YISEDA Inc.)
Association (KAPUA) Inc. • Muslim Teachers & Staff Association
• Magpatulahad Basilan


• Agri-Life Youth Organization • Nourun Nisah Organization

• Hikmat • Sulu Youth Network
• Kapatut Bangsa Sug • Sulu Youth Organization
• Matawkasi Inc. • Sulu Youth Peace Volunteers
• Muslim Leaders Association (MLA) • Tumpukan Bangsa Sama Inc.-Sulu
• Nasrullah Association Inc. • Women’s Peace and Security
• NDJC - Community Extension Service and
Peace Center


• Tawi-Tawi Alliance for Genuine Unity in • Women in Peace-building

Mindanao • Unified Successor for Change (USC)
• Kalipunan ng mga Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) • Sitangkai Badjao Youth Organization
• Tawi-Tawi Alliance of Civil Society • Citizens’-CARE-Tawi-Tawi Chapter
Organizations (TACOS) • Ungus-Ungus Fishermen Multi-purpose
• Qudwa Inc. / Al-Qudwa Integrated Learning Cooperative
Center • Tawi-Tawi Mothers’ Club Marketing
• Tumpukan Bangsa Sama Inc. - Tawi-Tawi Cooperative
• Tarbilang Foundation, Inc. • Tong-Gusong Seaweed Farmers and
• Tawi-Tawi Alliance for Good Governance Inc Fisherfolks Marketing Cooperative
(TAWAG) • Sanga-Sanga Women
• Tawi-Tawi Regional Agricultural College - • Buan Seaweed Farmers Cooperative
Professional Women’s




W ith the inevitable political

transition in the
Bangsamoro following the
in Mindanao, most recently
in supporting the push for the
passage of the BOL. Now, as one
organizations, their members,
and their networks.

passage of the Bangsamoro of the proponents of the second Keeping in mind that good
Organic Law (BOL), it is phase of Democratic Leadership governance and sustainable
imperative that the new political and Active Civil Society peace in the Bangsamoro must
entity that will replace the Empowerment (DELACSE) exemplify democratic and
Autonomous Region in Muslim Bangsamoro project, IID has equitable participation as it
Mindanao (ARMM) exemplifies been conducting activities that transitions to a new political
meaningful autonomy and specifically target CSOs and entity, the first national dialogue
upholds democratic and equal expands spaces of participation among CSOs working
participation among indigenous in the Bangsamoro for these Continue to next page.
peoples, Christian settlers, and
the Bangsamoro people in the

This includes providing spaces

for meaningful participation in
the new regional government for
civil society organizations (CSOs)
who represent various sectors
in the Bangsamoro, especially
women and youth leaders who
have shown leadership and
integrity as members of their

The Initiatives for International

Dialogue (IID) has consistently
taken an active role in pushing
for lasting peace and justice


From previous page.

in Mindanao and on Mindanao
issues was held last October 4 in
Davao City ,prior to the conduct
of the Bangsamoro plebiscite.

The dialogue involved discussions

regarding key milestones of the
Bangsamoro political transition
and points of participation
and engagement for CSOs,
especially regarding the process of
normalization in the Bangsamoro.
This involves decommissioning
of combatants and camp
transformation in known
conflict-affected areas. There
were also efforts to contextualize
activities given civilian protection
concerns related to the scheduled
plebiscite which will ratify the for the open forum, after which drafting a joint advocacy action
new Bangsamoro law and pave a workshop to map out ongoing plan which includes coordinated
the way for the transition to a new efforts of the participating mechanisms for human rights
Bangsamoro political entity. organizations for civilian and civilian protection during
engagement in the plebiscite was the transition and normalization
Resource persons included facilitated by IID. process in the region.
representatives from the
Bangsamoro Transition Meanwhile, the consolidation A day after the consolidation
Commission (BTC), Moro meeting among CSO members meeting, MPW members and
National Liberation Front and partners of the Mindanao partners held a dialogue with the
(MNLF), Legal Network for PeaceWeavers (MPW) last chairperson of the Moro Islamic
Truthful Elections (LENTE), December 19 helped in identifying Liberation Front, Al Haj Murad
and the Institute for Autonomy issues that must be prioritized Ebrahim, who is also their sole
and Governance (IAG). Reactors during the Bangsamoro nominee for Chief Minister of the
from the Ranao Rescue Team transition, plotting activities new Bangsamoro political entity.
(RRT), United Youth for Peace and efforts alongside expected
and Development (UNYPAD), milestones along the Bangsamoro The said dialogue was the first
and Balay Mindanaw set the tone peace process timeline, and time Ebrahim met with a wide
network of CSOs since the passage
of the BOL, and gave CSOs an
opportunity to present their
priorities and concerns leading up
to the Bangsamoro plebiscite and
transition, including plebiscite
strategies in the areas slated for
expansion and the rehabilitation
of Marawi.

These activities were carried out

in partnership with the Institute
for Autonomy and Governance
(IAG) and the Konrad-Adenauer-
Stiftung (KAS) with the support of
the European Union (EU).


Now that the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) is
ratified an interim government called the Bangsamoro
Transition Authority will take power until the
Bangsamoro Parliament is elected in 2022.

President Duterte will appoint the 80 members

of the interim government.

The BARMM has its own Parliament composed of 80 members. These members will elect a
Chief Minister who will appoint a Cabinet. The Parliament will also have a ceremonial leader
called Wali. Half of the parliament will be from Political Parties, 40 percent will come from
Districts just like in National Congress, and 10 percent will come from sectors.

The BARMM will adopt the Shari’ah Court system, but if one party in the dispute is not
a Muslim a regular court may require jurisdiction. The traditional or tribal laws shall be
applicable to disputes of indigenous peoples within the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.


Under the BARMM, the region would have an automatic

allocation of 5% of the net national internal revenue of
the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of
Customs (BoC). BARMM’s share on taxes and charges
in natural resources of the government would increase
to 75% from the current 70%. The use of funding for
the Bangsamoro Government requires transparency
and accountability. The parliament shall pass an annual
appropriations law that clearly defines the purpose for
which it is intended.

The BARMM will aslo receive its special annual grant of PHP 5 Billion a year for 10
years intended for the rebuilding, rehabilitation, and development of its conflict areas.

Under the BARMM, the defense of the region is still the

responsibility of the national government. The armed forces
of the Bangsamoro will be part and parcel of the Armed
Forces of the Philippines (AFP), while the Bangsamoro Police
force shall be a regional unit of the Philippine National Police
(PNP). Combatants of the MNLF and MILF may be admitted
to the police force provided that they have the necessary
qualifications required by NAPOLCOM.

The BARMM shall exercise its authority over the following matters
without prejudice to the general supervision of the President of the Philippines:

• Administration of justice • Disaster risk reduction and • Loans, credits, and other forms of
• Administrative organization management indebtedness
• Agriculture, livestock, food security • Ecological solid waste management • Mechanisms for consultations for
• Ancestral domain and natural and pollution control women and marginalized sectors
resources • Economic zones, industrial centers • People’s organizations
• Barter trade and countertrade and free ports • Power sector investments
• Budgeting • Education and skills training • Public utilities’ operations
• Business name registration • Eminent domain • Public works and infrastructure
• Cadastral land survey • Environment, parks, forest • Quarantine regulations
• Civil service management, wildlife, and nature • Registration of births, marriages, and
• Classification of public lands reserves conservation deaths, copies to be furnished the
• Cooperatives and social • Fishery, marine, and aquatic Philippine Statistics Authority
entrepreneurship resources • Regulation of the manufacture and
• Creation, division, merger, abolition • Grants and donations distribution of food, drinks, drugs, and
or alteration of boundaries of • Hajj and Umrah tobacco
municipalities and barangays • Health • Science and technology research
• Creation of government-owned or • Housing councils and scholarship programs
controlled corporations and pioneer • Humanitarian services and • Social services, social welfare, and
firms institutions charities
• Creation of sources of revenue • Human rights • Sports and recreation
• Cultural exchange and economic and • Indigenous peoples’ rights • Technical cooperation for human
technical cooperation • Inland waters resource development
• Culture and language • Inland waterways for navigation • Tourism development
• Customary laws • Islamic banking and finance • Trade and industry
• Development programs and laws for • Labor, employment, and occupation • Urban and rural planning development
women, labor, the youth, the elderly, • Libraries and museums, • Urban land reform
the differently-abled and indigenous and historical, cultural, and • Water supply and services, flood
peoples archaeological sites control, and irrigation systems

FUN with FACTS Answer the puzzle below:

2. President who signed Republic
Act No. 11054
5. Will be the head government of
the Bangsamoro Region
9. President who signed Republic
Act No. 6734
10. Republic Act No. 11054 is
officialy known as
12. Chair of the Bangsamoro
Transition Commission

1. Process in which people choose
their leaders through voting
3. This was established by Republic
Act No. 6734
4. __________ Autonomous
Region will replace the
Autonomous Region in Muslim
6. Islamic law
7. The month Republict Act No.
11054 was signed
8. Other name for Republic Act No.
11. Will be the head of state of the
Bangsamoro Region

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