DBM releases funds for BTA officials and staff wages

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) and cash allocation, in the total amount of Php59.4 million to cover additional funding for the salaries and other personnel services of 273 support staff of the BTA (Bangsamoro Transition Authority) for the months of July to December this year, the agency said in a statement posted in its website.

The DBM said the release was made after receipt of the complete documentary requirements from the BTA.

 “Last month, the DBM released a total Php180.6 million for the FY 2019 personnel services of the 80 member-officials of the BTA,” the agency further stated.

“The above-releases are in addition to the Php214.9 million (PS - Php184.7 million and MOOE - Php30.2 million) released on May 2 to the Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA) for its operating requirements pursuant to Section 14, Article XVI of Republic Act No. 11054,” the DBM said.

On June 25, BTA Minister Maleiha B. Candao raised the issue of their delayed salary in a statement posted in social media saying, “The Office of the Interim Chief Minister thru his Executive Secretary Mike Pasigan has been moving heaven and earth to fastrack the release of the salaries of the BTA members but all of these depend largely on the Department of Budget and Management.”

“Government protocol and the delay of services do not necessarily mean the lack of commitment by the BARMM leadership,” she added.

Established in February this year, the BTA will serve in an interim capacity of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao until June 2022.