BARMM Youth Commission to replace OBYA

SULTAN KUDARAT, MAGUINDANAO– The Bangsamoro Autonomous Government is creating its own youth commission through a bill reportedly on the verge of passage by its 80-member parliament, a Manila Bulletin (MB) said Monday, January 6.

Dr. Marjanie Macasalong, outgoing Executive Director of the Office on Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (OBYA) said that the enabling bill was on second reading state by the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) parliament as of last month

Macasalong, also a member of the BTA parliament, said the proposed Bangasamoro Youth Commission (BYC) will replace the OBYA, which was a creation of the abolished Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the MB report said.

The operation and organizational structure of the proposed regional agency will be patterned after the National Youth Commission (NYC), and exercise autonomous functions and powers in handling the concerns and welfare of the youth sector in the Bangsamoro region, the official said.

Macasalong enumerated basic features of the proposed BYC at the recent episode here of the weekly Kapehan sa Bangsamoro media forum hosted by the autonomous region’s Bureau of Public Information (BPI).

It has been reported that the BPI would be phased out and transformed into a ministry or bigger information entity in the advent of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The BARMM is a new political entity created in accordance with R.A. No 11054 based on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed between the GPH and the MILF in August 2014

The law also abolished the ARMM and all its created agencies and offices. It empowers the 80-member parliament to create replacement entities as well as new ministries deemed vital in the aspirations of the BARMM governance, the MB report also said.