PROGRESSIVE MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte (center, seated) and members of the Intergovernmental Relations Body meet at Malacañang Palace on Thursday (June 16, 2022). Composed of officials of national government agencies and the Bangsamoro government, they discussed the gains of the comprehensive peace process in the region. (Photo courtesy of OPAPRU)

IGRB report reflects PRRD fulfilled promise to sustain gains of CAB

Cotabato City– The recent report released by the Intergovernmental Relations Body (IGRB) reflected the fulfilled promises of President Rodrigo Duterte to sustain the gains of the comprehensive peace process in the Bangsamoro region, said a report by Philippine News Agency (PNA).
The IGRB is created based on the CAB and composed of officials from the national government and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and BARMM Education Minister Mohagher Iqbal as co-chairpersons.

President Duterte, Iqbal and Dominguez along with other govt and BARMM officials met at the Palace on Thursday to discuss the second progress report of the IGRB, covering December 2019 to December 2021 where 11 key issues in the first progress report have been addressed.

“This report is a manifestation that President Duterte remains committed to bringing lasting and sustainable peace closer to the Bangsamoro people. He stayed true to his promise of honoring all signed peace agreements," Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. said in a statement Tuesday, the PNA report said.

The concerns included the transfer of properties and assets of offices of national government agencies within the BARMM to the Bangsamoro government; nationally funded programs; Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in the region; participation of the Bangsamoro government in the Al-Amanah Islamic Investment Bank of the Philippines; policing in the Bangsamoro; creation of an inter-agency committee for purposes of inventory; transfer of real properties of the ARMM outside the BARMM; joint exploration, development, and utilization of fossil fuels and uranium;

 Bangsamoro participation in the national government; establishment of a Shari’ah Supervisory Board and an Islamic Banking Unit within the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; and participation of the Bangsamoro government in the Southern Philippines Development Authority.

Among the major milestones achieved were the turnover of the Cotabato City District Engineering Office to the Bangsamoro government; signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs; creation of a regional office of the Bureau of Local Government Finance; creation of a Philippine Coast Guard District; transfer of management of Bangsamoro historical and cultural sites; inclusion of local government units in the Department of Agriculture's Philippine Rural Development Project and all its four components; audit of mine operations by the Mining Industry Coordinating Council; and funding of state universities and colleges.

Galvez lauded the IGRB for its accomplishments saying it is a "steadfast commitment marked with mutual trust, respect, and sincerity [that] contributed largely to the smooth and efficient delivery of services to the Bangsamoro people".

For his part, Iqbal thanked Duterte for meeting with them during the last days of his presidency, “which we consider one of the most sincere and facilitative administrations, and a friend to the peace process”.
"I can truly and proudly say that he has shown his sincerity in more ways than one with his actions as he fulfilled his promises of supporting the Bangsamoro peace process during his term of office,” he added.

Dominguez said Duterte’s strong support to the peace process enabled them to move in a timely manner towards achieving the ideals set by the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

He thanked the President for having a firm political will to make the