BTA lawmakers push for the creation of a Bangsamoro Convention Center
May 16, 2023

COTABATO CITY – A Bangsamoro Convention Center will be established in Parang, Maguindanao del Norte, if Parliament Bill No. 144 is approved, to serve as a venue for local and international conventions, meetings, fairs, and social events in the region.

As stipulated in Member of Parliament Baileng Mantawil’s proposed bill, the center will be a government-owned and controlled corporation with a separate legal identity operating under the management and supervision of the Bangsamoro Government.

A board of trustees, composed of the BARMM Chief Minister as the chair; the Ministers of Trade, Investments, and Tourism; Basic, Higher, and Technical Education; the Bangsamoro Commission for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage; Maguindanao del Norte’s governor; and the private sector’s two representatives, will be created.

The board, as indicated in PB No. 144, is responsible for the overall management and direction of the center. They can also formulate policies and guidelines for the operations of the center.

The financial and operational performance of the convention center will be audited on a regular basis by the Bangsamoro Government’s Commission on Audit.

MPs Atty. Mary Ann Arnado, Tawakal Midtimbang, Bassir Utto, Mudjib Abu, Mohammed Kelie Antao, Suwaib Oranon, Salik Ali, and Said Sheik are also co-authors of the proposed measure. (LTAIS-Public Information, Publication, and Media Relations Division)

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