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CSOs ENGAGED ORIENTATION ON BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW

Posted on 23 September 2014 by cbcs_mike

A half-day orientation on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) now in the hands of Congress was held yesterday at KFI Training Center in Cotabato City attended by twenty three (23) Bangsamoro civil society organization (CSO) leaders mostly coming from member network of the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS).

The participants during their interaction with the resource person Commissioner tty Raissa Jajurie

Most of the participating CSO leaders have their respective community programs and projects which requires them to have deeper and updated knowledge of the contents of the basic law as their preparations for various community peoples queries in their respective areas of coverage, said Guiamel Alim Chairperson of CBCS and Executive Director of the Kadtuntaya Foundation Inc. (KFI). He further emphasized that in a way “our orientations needs people who are expert and have been exposed to the negotiation and the crafting the proposed BBL like members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission as our resource person.” And he added “but eventually you will all become important resource persons of the BBL in your respective communities.”

The participants to the orientation were lucky to have Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Commissioner Atty. Raissa Jajurie despite of their hectic schedules as their main resource person who substantially presented salient features of the Framework Agreement Bangsamoro (FAB), the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB) in order to refresh the participants of the origin and nature of the BBL.

Then she went on presenting the general content of the Bangsamoro Basic Law and pointed out the most contentious issues they encountered that in many instances huddled them both in the BTC and Panel level. However, aware of the nature of a negotiation which is practically a “bargaining or give and take process”, she admitted that there were hard bargains made by the BTC that were soften as a result of the review of the Legal Team of the Office of the President but: “what is important is that the core theme and spirit of each provision remained”, she emphasized.

The most fascinating part of the orientation was when the resource person touched on major points of the eighteen (18) Articles of the BBL particularly on Core Territory, power sharing, wealth sharing, intergovernmental relations, the Ministerial form of Bangsamoro governance, the asymmetric relations, the electoral and justice systems among others. It was in this part where the participants deepened their knowledge through interactions with the resource persons on the issues which were still having vague impressions.

The activity ended with a message from the CBCS Chairperson saying: “the activity is just the beginning of the learning process in internalizing the content of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, for it is unimaginable for you to become an expert resource person in this half-day orientation. So expect more learning sessions in the coming days.”

By Mike Kulat

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