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Chief Minister Ebrahim congratulates BTA members for the passage of Bangsamoro Administrative Code

Interim Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) expressed gratitude and congratulated the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority Parliament for the passage of the Bangsamoro Administrative Code.
Fifty-eight members of the BTA approved in Wednesday night Cabinet Bill No. 60 entitled “An act providing for the Bangsamoro Administrative Code and for other related purposes.”

“Today we are writing history by providing the form and structure of the Bangsamoro government and fulfill one of our mandates during the transition period,” he said in a video message.

The said code will define the region’s structural, functional, procedural principles, and rules of governance.

The regional bill was filed on July 22 this year. A panel constituted by the BTA Committee on Rules and headed by MP Raissa Jajurie and Minister of Social Services and Developmen conducted a series of public consultations from August 14-26.

The chief minister said the regional administrative code would boost the region’s pursuit of moral governance and take effective measures against graft and corruption.

“It was not an easy task. From the early days of the transition to the unforeseen coming of the coronavirus pandemic, we were surely placed under unprecedented circumstances that made the completion of this important task even more challenging,” he said.

Ebrahim added, “Of course, the success of this Code, just like those that are soon to be approved will not be determined solely by the ruling government in the BARMM. Instead, it will highly depend upon the people to understand the points and provisions of the Codes to assure that they are implemented by heart and are not subject to abuse by a few.”

“I know that we still have a lot of work to do but let’s take this time to celebrate this milestone. I hope that our passion for the Bangsamoro remain unshaken, regardless of the pandemic and the countless challenges ahead,” he underscored.