BARMM Interim Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim

BTA Parliament resumes its 2nd session; to pass priority bills

Cotabato City – The interim parliament of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has resumed its sessions Monday, May 15, aiming to pass the governance and revenue codes of the region. 
The BTA Parliament will also pass the proposed P1-billion revolving fund under Parliament Bill No. 41, known as the Bangsamoro Revolving Funds Act of 2023. 

If enacted, the bill will set aside a P1-billion revolving fund to address delayed salaries of employees and contractual workers, ensuring timely receipt of benefits and other remunerations, a Rappler report said Monday, May 16.

In his address during the resumption of the session at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City, BARMM interim Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim said that there are least 21 proposed regional laws need to be passed before the end of the transition period and ahead of the 2025 elections. 

Among others, the BARMM’s other priority proposals include the transfer of the BARMM seat of government to Parang, Maguindanao Del Norte, and parliamentary redistricting.

The Rappler report also said that Ebrahim’s priority bills also includes the Bangsamoro budget system, parliamentary seat redistricting, creation of municipalities in the Special Geographic Area, Bangsamoro investment code, Bangsamoro labor code, and a Bangsamoro Code of Muslim Personal Laws.

BARMM interim Speaker Pangalian Balindong expressed confidence that priority codes and crucial legislation would be passed before the end of the regional legislature’s second session in February 2024. Balindong, along with Ebrahim, led the opening of BTA’s second regular session at the Shariff Kabunsuan Complex in Cotabato City, the report said.