48 SK Chairmen participate in Forum on Understanding the BOL

ISABELA CITY- Forty-Eight (48) Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Presidents representing the barangays of this city led by Haizer A.  Salain organized a Forum on Understanding the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) on January 13, 2019.

The composition of Sangguniang Kabataan are mixed Muslim and Christian youths.

The Chair of MILF Peace Implementing Panel Mohagher Iqbal explained the benefits that Isabela City can partake if included to BARMM after the ratification of Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

"Not all issues will be addressed by the Bangsamoro Organic Law but at least the substantive provisions are there", he said.

"The youth shall have representation in the Bangsamoro Parliament and there will be an office to be created in BARMM," he further said.

BTC Commissioner Dr. Susana S. Anayatin discussed the provisions pertaining to migrant settlers and youth.

"Christians are free to live in Bangsamoro homeland once the BOL is ratified as a law," Anayatin said.

"Christmas, fiestas, praying in Church, and other Christian religious activities are permissible in the Bangsamoro Government," she said.

"Madaris education and Shari'ah law applies to Muslims only", she stressed.

"Youth have reserved seat in the Bangsamoro Parliament, and 25-30-years old shall be the age of the youth representative", she further said.

Commissioner Anayatin told the SK officers their vote for the inclusion of isabela city depends on them. This is their chance to vote!

Ms. Feb Unique Y. Zanoria expressed her gratitude, and wished that more fora on understanding BOL be conducted in the city.

"We now have the knowledge to explain to our parents the BOL. The issue is not about YES or NO but make sure when you go to poll precinct you know the reasons why you vote for YES and why you vote for NO", Zanoria said.

"We are happy because we are enlightened about BOL before January 21 plebiscite", she said.