COTABATO CITY — In the first week of the session of the second parliament, the Government of the Day reintroduced 12 proposed bills and filed four new bills.
Two of these legislative measures, the Bangsamoro Electoral Code and the Bangsamoro Local Governance Code, are the priority codes stated in the Bangsamoro Organic Law.
BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim committed to enacting the electoral and local governance code by the end of the year or the first quarter of 2023.
Through the BLGC, the local government units will gradually and systematically receive more powers, authority, responsibilities, and resources to provide a more responsive and accountable local government structure.
The electoral code prescribes the structural, functional, and procedural principles in the elections of officers within the Bangsamoro region through democratic political participation.
Among the refiled bills are the following:
* Bangsamoro Regional Institute for Higher Islamic Studies Act of 2022;
* Rights of Internally Displaced Persons of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region Act;
* Charter of the Bangsamoro Energy Development Corporation;
* Charter of the Bangsamoro Development Corporation;
* Hashim and Mimbantas Memorial Site;
* Bangsamoro Science High School Act of 2022;
* Bangsamoro Agriculture and Fisheries Training Institute Act;
* declaring May 2 as Battle of Bayang Day;
* BARMM Buffer Fund Act of 2022;
* Bangsamoro Irrigation Act of 2022; and the
* Bangsamoro Veteran Mujahideen Act of 2022.
The BTA also introduced three proposed measures, including the Bangsamoro Memorial Marker Act; Offices for SGA Act; and establishing the administrative capital of the Bangsamoro Government in Parang, Maguindanao.
From 2019 until 2022, the first parliament has passed 31 bills and adopted 263 resolutions.
Among the six priority codes, the administrative, educational, and civil service have already been enacted. (LTAIS-Public Information, Publication, and Media Relations Division)