TAWI-TAWI – As it begins holding public consultations for the five proposed legislative measures, the Bangsamoro Transition Authority’s Committee on Trade, Investment, and Tourism (CTIT) is seeking feedback from various stakeholders.
The CTIT’s first public consultation here in Tawi-Tawi aims to gather legislative inputs and recommendations from members of the academe, provincial heads of BARMM agencies, local government units, cooperatives, and business enterprises.
Among the proposed legislative measures scheduled for this week’s public consultations are:
• BTA Bill No. 21 or Barter Trade Center Act of 2019;
• BTA BILL NO. 48 or Charter of the Bangsamoro Development Corporation;
• BTA BILL NO. 85 or Barter Trade Act of 2021;
• BTA BILL NO. 124 or Bangsamoro Cooperative and Social Enterprise Code of 2021; and
• BTA BILL NO. 157 or Bangsamoro Social Enterprise Act of 2021.
Member of Parliament and Chair of the CTIT Marjanie Macasalong, who led the public consultation, said that the stakeholders were given the opportunity to give their opinion and suggestions to improve the proposed bills.
MP Macasalong noted that if these bills were passed, it would help trade, cooperatives, and social businesses grow in the Bangsamoro.
He also reiterated that the passage of these bills supports the peace process and fully implements the normalization track by providing livelihood opportunities for the people of the region.
“We hope that through this legislation and programs that we will be supporting, we will be able to bring both peace and development,” he added.
Authors of the proposed measures, MPs Amilbahar Mawallil, Eddie Alih, Atty. Maisara Latiph, and Diamila Ramos, listened to the feedback from the participants, assuring them that the legislative inputs will be taken into consideration in improving the proposed bills.
Other than holding public consultations, the CTIT also
issued a call for policy papers for the five proposed measures.
Up for public consultation today are BTA Bill Nos. 85 and 21, which seek to institutionalize the barter trade in the region, promoting its growth and development and creating a barter trade center in the region, respectively.
MP Mawallil main author of BTA Bill No. 85 explained that the Bangsamoro region developed into a major barter trading site long before the arrival of the Spaniards, with the Tausug establishing ties with their Southeast Asian neighbors as well as Chinese and European traders.
He said that the proposed measure seeks to revive the barter trade, which will not only help the Bangsa in their plight against poverty, but will boost trade and commerce as well.
While BTA Bill No. 21 aims to create a barter trade center in the region, which will support the entrepreneurial activities of traders operating in the region and other neighboring countries such as Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, and Malaysia, as well as the East ASEAN growth area.
Consultations for the remaining proposed measures, which seek to create a Bangsamoro Development Corporation, promote a policy environment conducive to the development and growth of a social enterprise sector, and create a Bangsamoro Cooperative and Social Enterprise Code, will resume tomorrow.
MP Macasalong encouraged the people of Tawi-Tawi to take part in the public consultation, citing the significance of their contributions to the process as important in enhancing the measures. (LTAIS-Public Information, Publication, and Media Relations Division)