MBFM shares mandate, internal programs, and standards on finance, budget and management standards

COTABATO CITY (December 18, 2021) — The Director III of Ministry of Finance, and Budget and Management (MFBM) talked about the ministry’s mandates, programs and standards during 31st episode of Kaunlaran sa Bangsamoro hosted by Bangsamoro Multimedia Network (BMN) Inc. last Saturday, December 11, 2021.
Atty. Rahma D. Sanglitan, Director III of MFBM related that the MBFM is a ministry that is part of the Interim Cabinet of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority as stipulated in Section 8 of Article 16 of the Bangsamoro Organic Law.
She explained the mandates given to them based on the Bangsamoro Autonomy Act No. 13 or the Bangsamoro Administrative Code. “The MFBM is the primary agency or ministry of the Bangsamoro Government that develops a well, effective, responsive, that responds to the needs of our fellow Bangsamoro; fiscal management, and then the right usage of the financial resources. We are also responsible for the formation, institutionalization, and management of fiscal policies,” she said.
The resource person added that the MFBM has no predecessor or prior office before it and conveyed that the MFM is a combination of the Department of Finance, and Department Budget and Management.
“The MFBM has four (4) bureaus, the Bangsamoro Budget Office, where I am the head of that certain office and its counterpart in the National Government is the Department of Budget and Management. We also have a Bangsamoro Finance Office that has a counterpart named the Department of Finance. In MFBM there’s also the Bangsamoro Treasury Office that has a counterpart called the Bureau of Treasury. And there’s another one, that’s already created by our Admin Code, the Bangsamoro Revenue Office that has a counterpart, the BIR of the national government,” she explained.
Sanglitan also shared the system of relationships between the MFB and the national government.
“We’re in constant coordination with the national government counterparts. It’s in the BOL that the national government will be providing technical assistance. We are in a transition period and we still have things to institutionalize or formulation of policies that’s why we need constant coordination with the national government counterparts because they will teach us how to run the government,” she relayed.
The bureau directress also clarified in the interview that the MFBM is not an implementing ministry where there are beneficiaries in the community and that their programs are different and explained that their clients are the ministries. 
“So our programs are Financial Sustainability and Resource Strengthening because we have a dream of not solely depending on the Block Grant that the national government is giving to us,” she said.
“One of our programs is well management of our financial resources and one of these is the Block Grant and then organization and system improvement, the forming of organizations or offices created by the Parliament and improves that systems that we established. And then, one of the highlights that I want to emphasize right now is the fiscal discipline and transparency in which we’re promoting,” the regional budget bureau chief further explained.
According to Sanglitan, fiscal discipline is the spending within the means and underscored the importance of transparency such that the people would be aware of where the budget goes.
She also related that the regional government adopts the Results-Based Performance Management and added, “So we spent hence why we need to know where it went and what are the benefits and its impacts in our Bangsamoro,”
Sanglitan talked about the ministry’s Budget Forum and cited, “The Budget Forum occurs after the MFBM issues the ‘Budget Call’-- that is a Bangsamoro Budget Memorandum  on the Budget Call which means a call to the ministries that they need to prepare their budget for the following year.”
She explained that after the issuance of Budget Call the Budget Forum will follow where the MFBM has a presentation to the ministries and offices which relays the key messages, instruction on how to do the budget proposals, processes, strategies on the budget preparation.
“And then normally in the Budget Forum we state what are the priority programs that need to be funded by the Bangsamoro Government to be proposed by the ministries,” she explained.
“We also adopted this Cash Based Budgeting in the national government that started in 2019, this means that all the budget and funds that were approved for an entire year should be spent for that certain year and shall not be extended and should be spent or ‘obligate’ — in the words of accountant and budget officers,” Sanglitan said.
She expounded the topic about the Two-Tier Budgeting of the MFBM, “The Two-Tier Budgeting or what they call 2B Approach or 2BA explains that the budget has two levels one is Tier 1 and the other one is Tier 2. Tier 1 is where the funds of all the existing activities and programs of an office and Tier 2 is where the new proposals are.