IN PHOTO- Nas Pulindanao of the MILF Committee on Information (holding the microphone) delivers his message to Moro and Christian 4Ps Beneficiaries at the Kabacan Municipal Gym

Kabacan 4Ps Beneficiaries attend Forum on BOL

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) of Kabacan, North Cotabato gathered thousands of Moro and Christian beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4P’s of the Municipality of Kabacan from October 8-15, 2018 at the Municipal Gym of Kabacan, North Cotabato.

DSWD personnel who are assigned in Kabacan facilitated and oversaw the activity were Meriam B. Casanguan, Rasmia K. Santuring, Florence Joy C. Acupinpin, Baiphati A. Luay, Judith A. Yap Gretchen A. Magallon and the Social Welfare Assistant Bai Queenie Tahir.

Part of the activity was a Forum on Understanding Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). Kabacan is consist of 15 barangays but only registered voters of Sanggaddung, Nangaan and Pisan will vote during the plebiscite on January 21st next year.  

Nasser Pulindao of the MILF Committee on Information lectured on BOL. He delved on the salient features of the organic law, the benefits that Moro communities can enjoy under the new region, and a brief history of the law.

He said that the former name of BOL was Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that was crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) headed by MILF 1st Vice Chairman Ghazali Jaafar. 

The first BTC during President Benigno Aquino’s administration was headed by MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal, but he is also a member of the new commission, Pulindao told the participants.

When congress deliberated on the BBL, lawmakers and members of the BTC agreed to change the BBL into BOL. Eventually, congress passed the Organic Law for Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OLBARMM) on July 27, 2018, and signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 6, 2018, he said.

The new political entity Bangsamoro will replace the current ARMM, and a plebiscite will be held early next year to determine which of the provinces, cities, municipalities, and barangays mentioned in the BOL will join the new region, Pulindao explained.

After the ratification of the BOL, the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) will assume the administration of the ARMM, thereafter the decommissioning of 30% of MILF combatants and weapons will take place, Pulindao further explained.

The Bangsamoro Parliament will be headed by MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim as interim Chief Minister. The parliament will be composed of 104 members that will include elected members of the Regional Legislative Assembly, and Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman, Pulindao added.

However, the RLA members and RG Hataman will only serve until the end of their terms on June 2019, Pulindao stressed.

IN PHOTO- 4Ps Beneficiaries listen to messages and lectures at the Kabacan Municipal Gym

He defined the context of the Bangsamoro Organic Law. ‘’ The BOL is result of peace negotiation from GPH and Moro Islamic Liberation Front, BOL not only answered for poor people but answered for peace here in Mindanao’’. The BOL is a called negotiated law lead by the Bnagsamoro Transition Commission and the Upper house and lower house was amended, interpret. He also support his message ‘’ the BOL is the process through the peace livelihood’’. He clarified the provision and the articles within the BOL in the territorial jurisdiction of Bangsamoro government. The BOL is under the Philippine Law as an organic law, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region Muslim in Mindanao approved in BOL. ‘’This is the law legitimate for u, a systematic living in mediations of BOL. He explained the internal revenue and the power shared by the Bangsamoro government. The youth, IP’s and women have position in the Bangsamoro government and they can file a candidacy but not in a one head but also in a whole body of the people. He tackled about the justices was rectification but not in penalty way but the way of leading the leadership. The mechanics of maintaining peace is joint implementing peace such as LMT, IMT and the other security agencies. He illustrated how to file a petition for inclusion.