PBBM assures Bangsamoro ‘unwavering commitment’ to peace

COTABATO CITY – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. assured ‘the BTA (Bangsamoro Transition Authority) and all the Bangsamoro people of his administration’s ‘unwavering commitment to the peace process and to (the) BARMM (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao).’ 
“As your President, I assure you, the BTA and all the Bangsamoro people, of this administration’s full and unwavering commitment to the peace process and to BARMM,” Marcos said during the inauguration of the BTA Parliament held at the Sharif Kabunsuan Cultural Complex (SKCC) here on Thursday.

“This is why we are steadfast in our commitment to the peace process here in southern Philippines. So we push for socioeconomic development, interventions to promote peace and development in areas affected by decades of conflict,” Marcos said.

Marcos acknowledged the accomplishments of the BARMM as earlier mentioned by Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod ‘Al Hajj Murad’ Ebrahim in his own message like ‘approval of the Bangsamoro Transition Plan, the passage of the most important legislations such as the Administrative Code, the Civil Service Code,  (and) the Education Code.’

“These are cornerstones of BARMM moral self-governance,” Marcos said.

Marcos expressed his hope for the fulfillment of the BTA’s ‘vision to realize a united, enlightened, self-governing, peaceful, just, morally upright, and progressive Bangsamoro.’

“Additionally, the government, through the Department of Budget and Management has allocated 74.4 billion pesos for the Bangsamoro region fiscal year 2023,” Marcos said.

Marcos urged the BTA ‘to pass all the crucial legislations on fiscal policy, particularly taxation, and to facilitate the conduct of the elections in the BARMM in 2025.’

“I also encourage the BTA to pass measures that will secure the welfare of the Moro people particularly in agri-fishery, healthcare, transportation, communication, digital infrastructure, and e-governance,” Marcos said.

“As we celebrate National Peace Consciousness Month this September, we know that with unity and solidarity, the BTA will be successful in facilitating the institution of the Bangsamoro government, one that is centered in promoting good governance and lasting peace for its people,” Marcos added.

Marcos said “the path to lasting peace is always under construction. But we walk this path together and we walk it, not because it is an easy one. We walk this path together because even if it is difficult, we know that at the end of the journey is historical justice, progress, peace, stability, and the unity that our peoples and our nation have long aspired for and so rightly deserve.”
The President thanked various ‘partners from the different lands who have come to Bangsamoro to encourage this peace process and who have invested so much of their time, their energy, and their funding to Bangsamoro for the development of the many different aspects that have fallen behind in the development brought by the national government.’