If simplified, bill resetting BARMM polls to 2025 could pass Senate next week, says Senator Zubiri

COTABATO CITY– Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri recommended simplifying Senate Bill 2214 to just changing the date of the BARMM election from 2022 to 2025 as “it will be easier to stand the issue of constitutionality if somebody challenges this in the Supreme Court.” “I think, if it is just Section 1 of the…

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Senators Zubiri, Tolentino clarify: Proposed Senate Bill 2214 shows equitable distribution of positions in the BTA

COTABATO CITY – If the proposed Senate Bill 2214 is passed into law, “there will be equitable distribution of positions in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).” Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri and Senator Francis Tolentino, sponsor of the bill, made this clarification after receiving concerns from some individuals that the representation of settler communities and other…

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Senator Tolentino asks colleagues support for bill on extending BTA term

COTABATO CITY – Senator Francis Tolentino asked his colleagues in the Senate to support the bill seeking to postpone the first regular elections in the Bangsamoro region from 2022 to 2025. “I ask my colleagues in this august chamber to support this measure extending the term of the BTA (Bangsamoro Transition Authority), not the personalities involved,…

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Bangsamoro Parliament approves education code

COTABATO CITY – The Bangsamoro Parliament approved on Tuesday the Bangsamoro Education Code, a measure that will provide for the establishment, management, and support of a complete and integrated quality education system in the Bangsamoro region. By nominal voting, 61 Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) members voted in favor of the Cabinet Bill No. 70. “As…

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BTA, MOH turn over land ambulance units to different BARMM health facilities

COTABATO CITY — Members of the Bangsamoro Parliament and Ministry of Health (MOH) officials formally turned over 20 new land ambulance units to different health facilities in the region’s five provinces and 63 barangays in North Cotabato. Said distribution of new ambulance units is under the Transitional Development Impact Fund (TDIF), an initiative project of…

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Bangsamoro Parliament targets Education Code approval this week

COTABATO CITY – The Bangsamoro Parliament is eyeing the approval of the proposed Bill No. 70 or Bangsamoro Education Code (BEC) this week, according to Speaker Atty. Pangalian Balidong. “We expect the Bangsamoro Education Code to be passed this week after the deliberations in the plenary,” Atty. Balindong said, noting that BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim…

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Senator Tolentino lauds Bangsamoro Parliament for enacting some key legislation amid pandemic

COTABATO CITY – Senator Francis Tolentino, chair of the local government committee, lauded Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) for passing two of its priority codes amid the pandemic. The Administrative and Civil Service Codes have been approved by the Bangsamoro Parliament, while the Education Code is expected to be discussed and approved next week during the parliament’s…

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Peace adviser Galvez reaffirms his support for Bangsamoro transition extension

COTABATO CITY – Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. reaffirmed his support for extending the Bangsamoro government’s term until 2025. “We are pleased to note that this is also the same position of the other members of President Duterte’s cabinet who have thrown their full support behind the BARMM’s extension,” Galvez said in a hybrid hearing…

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On legislative measures: Recapping Bangsamoro Parliament’s sessions

COTABATO CITY – More than two years since the establishment of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, members of the Bangsamoro Parliament accomplished most of its tasks, including the passage of two priority codes cited in the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). The Bangsamoro Parliament passed the Administrative Code and Civil Service Code in October 2020 and February 2021,…

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