As the third regular session of the Bangsamoro Parliament begins tomorrow, here is an overview of the bills that have been passed into law.
There are approximately 100 bills filed in the plenary. Eighteen of the proposed measures were passed. These legislative measures have established (1) the operation of priority codes, (2) the creation and functions of offices, (3) appropriations of funds, and (4) the adoption of signs and symbols.
In detail, the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) has approved the following legislation:
1. Priority codes – The Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) mandates the passage of six priority codes. BTA was able to pass three codes, the administrative, civil service and education code.
2. Creation and functions of offices – The Parliament has approved bills to institutionalize key offices and its functions. It facilitated the creation of human rights, women, youth and sports commissions. It also defined offices’ appointment and regulatory functions in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
3. Appropriation of funds – The BTA has appropriated resources and assets to keep the operations of the interim government working. It covers the funds appropriated from 2020 to 2021.
4. Bangsamoro signs and symbols – Since the ratification of BOL, the BTA adopts signs and symbols in introducing the new government of the Bangsamoro region. The establishment of the Bangsamoro Government’s identity includes adopting an official flag, emblem, hymn and seal.
The Bangsamoro Parliament remains committed to completing tasks required throughout the transition phase.