Bills approved by the Bangsamoro Parliament since its creation in 2019

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…

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How does a bill become a law: The Bangsamoro Parliamentary Process

The Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) defined the power of the Parliament to enact laws promoting and ensuring the welfare of the people within its jurisdiction—the Bangsamoro people and other residents living in the region.  Under the Rules of the Parliament, “No bill shall become a law in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region unless it has passed…

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What are the functions of the Bangsamoro Parliament Officers?

The Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) mandates the power of the Members of the Parliament (MPs) to appoint officers composed of the Speaker, Deputy Speakers, and the other officers.  The Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) officers are chaired by the Speaker, followed by the Deputy Speakers, Majority and Minority Floor Leaders.  This governing body performs a significant…

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What are the functions of the Bangsamoro Parliament’s Committees?

Committees of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) are composed of Members of the Parliament (MPs), who are experts in recognized fields necessary for the fulfilment of the interim government’s duties specified in the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). All committees have ‘oversight functions and responsibilities’, including setting legislative targets, reviewing the performance of offices, and securing…

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Senator Drilon urges Senate to expedite bill resetting BARMM elections

COTABATO CITY – Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon urged his colleagues in the chamber to speed up the passage of the legislation that would extend the transition period in the Bangsamoro until 2025 “to provide stability in the region.” “We cannot bungle and mess up with what is otherwise a simple postponement of the BARMM election.…

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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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