IN PHOTO-Mohagher Iqbal of MILF Peace Implementing Panel delivers his lecture on the Proposed Bangsamoro Government and Federalism

Peace forum-dialogue with ARMM employees on Bangsamoro Government and Federalism held at SKCC

COTABATO CITY.  April 28, 2018. The Forum ZFD and KUMUNET held a successful peace forum-dialogue in coordination with MILF Peace Implementing Panel, Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for regional officials and employees at Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex (SKCC), ORG Compound, Cotabato City on April 26,.2018.

The said forum was attended by more than 200 employees, a small portion of more than 31, 000 ARMM employees of the region that will be affected by the proposed transition.     

BTC Commissioners Atty.  Raissa Jajurie and Dr. Susana Anayatin were the panel who provided answers to the questions, and clarifications about the transition, and the effect of the abolition of ARMM.    

Atty.  Jajurie assured them that there will be due process in the implementation of the Bangsamoro Basic Law specifically the security of tenure of regular employees with an add on benefits and guaranteed re - hiring of those qualified under the Bangsamoro qualifications standard set by the Bangsamoro Parliament, and the Civil Service Commission.    

Mohagher Iqbal, Chair of the MILF Peace Implementing Panel who spoke about the proposed Bangsamoro Government and Federalism during the afternoon session, explained that " with the abolition of ARMM, there will be a total overhaul of its regional structures and personnel for the new political entity. If we want to change the system for better good and for the welfare of our constituents, we need to take some sacrifices. "     

" We have to start it right so that we could proceed it correct. " He added.       

The Director of Regional Administrative Services Engr.  Avila Abobakar presented the simulated computation of the total benefits including the terminal leave and separation pay under the provision of the BTC crafted BBL, and to be reckoned with till December of 2018 for more the 31,000 employees affected will be needing at least 32B. 

He said, "At this point in time we have 35B budget that are now ready and with the 150B block grant for the transition everything is in order. We are ready and will welcome Bangsamoro Government. "      

During the noontime break, a presscon was held with Chairman Iqbal and ARMM Regional Governor Hataman by the local and mainstream media. 

The media asked about the pronouncement of Pres. Duterte in Buluan , Maguindanao that he will resign if BBL is not passed by end of the month.

Both leaders are in agreement that such a statement is already an indication that the president  is sincere and serious to put an end to the Bangsamoro Question by supporting the passage of the BBL.