Government Agencies express support to Bangsamoro Government

Cotabato City – During a dialogue with various government agencies at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex (SKCC) on Wednesday (October 17), officials of Civil Service Commission (CSC), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), PAG IBIG Fund, and Department of Budget and Management (DBM) expressed their appreciation to the new political entity Bangsamoro that will be established after R.A. No. 11054 or the law creating the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is ratified on January 21st next year. 

The dialogue also aims to brief the ARMM employees on Republic Act NO.11054 or OLBARMM with focus on the establishment of Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) after it is ratified by the people in the core territory and other areas mentioned in the law.

It is also designed as a platform to inform and update the ARMM employees who will be affected by the transition on the timeline, process and requirements involved with respect to transition from ARMM and to the BTA. 

Furthermore, it will also serve as an avenue for the ARMM employees to convey their concerns together with the CT40, and other concern agencies regarding the transition process. 

Atty. Antonio Krunimar Escudero III, Representative from the Office of Legal Affairs of Civil Service Commission Central Mindanao and Government Member of CT40 said that the Bangsamoro Government according to Article VII under Section 38, the Bangsamoro Government has the power to create offices and organize its own bureaucracy. 

Meaning, the upcoming Bangsamoro Government may expand its administrative powers to create other offices, and may retain the employees that will serve the needs of its people to open more opportunities. 

“The organic law is authorized to establish justness and achieve self-governance in the region,” he added.

He emphasized that the same article under Section 39, states, The Civil Service Commission shall establish a regional Civil Service Field Office and other field offices as may be needed in the Bangsamoro Region for the efficient performance of its powers and duties provided, it shall be in accordance with existing national laws. 

Ms. Vilma Fuentes, Vice President of Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) presented the benefits that employees may receive, and its formula of computation, and procedures of filing claims. 

She also expressed appreciation for the organic law, and said that their agency is ready to work collaboratively with the government to serve the people’s need. 

The PAG IBIG Fund, on the other hand through Vice President Rio Teves, expressed their readiness to serve the Bangsamoro Government and give more opportunities to the workers of the new political entity to avail various programs. 

“Their programs that maybe availed of by Bangsamoro employees will truly help to uplift their living condition as they advocate “pagtutulungan sa kinabukasan.” 

A representative from the Department of Budget and Management delved on the program of pension and gratuity fund that can help employees of the upcoming government. 

He explained that the Bangsamoro government has appropriate funds like the Block Grant, the Special Development Fund, and others that can be utilized in the effective implementation and delivery of various services to its people.  

The government agencies expressed their readiness to partner with the news government, and support it programs for the effective implementation of programs and services to the people.