In Photo-Majority Floor Leader Lanang T. Ali, Jr during the opening of the 2nd Regular Session of the BTA Parliament

BTA to file Bangsamoro Administrative Code anytime soon-MFL Ali, Jr.

Cotabato City (June 21, 2020)—The Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) aims to file all the priority bills before September 2020.
BTA Parliament Majority Floor Leader Atty. Lanang Ali Jr. said in an interview on Radyo Bangsamoro, Saturday (June 20), that BARMM’s Attorney General Sha Elijah Dumama-Alba presented to the cabinet the draft of the Administrative Code during their meeting, and said that they’ve already reached a consensus.

“We’ve agreed in the cabinet meeting that the Bangsamoro Administrative Code will be filed anytime soon,” Ali said during the interview.

The Bangsamoro Government is currently following the Bangsamoro Transition Plan while waiting for the passage of the Administrative Code, a law that will define the administrative structures, including the creation of offices in the BARMM, among others.

“The moment the Bangsamoro Administrative Code becomes a law, the structures in the Bangsamoro Transition Plan will be incorporated,” Ali said during the interview.
Aside from the Administrative Code, the Bangsamoro Electoral Code, the Civil Service Code, Revenue Code, and the Law on Indigenous People are also ready for filing by the cabinet.

Under the Bangsamoro Transition Plan approved and adopted last year by the BTA, its provisions were also used as the basis of creating the Bangsamoro Administrative Code.
“And once we pass the Administrative Code, this will be the permanent procedures and structure that will we use,” he added.

Meanwhile, MFL Ali also stressed the urgency of filing the Local Government Code on either June or July this year. However, he said this code will undergo a series of public consultations with all the Local Government Units (LGU) in the region before they can file it to the parliament.

“The coverage of this code is broad and we need public consultations from the ground. We will go to the LGUs and ask them about their proposed provisions that we can possibly include in this code. Because this code will consume a lot of time, we need to file this right away,” he noted.

The Bangsamoro Appropriation’s Act of 2021 will also be discussed in the plenary in October 2020.