Ensuring Food Security in the BARMM: Key Challenge of the COVID-19 Crisis for the Bangsamoro Government

By virtue of Republic Act No. 11054, or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), the Bangsamoro Government is empowered with expanded autonomy, with new arrangements in the economic and fiscal framework, and more opportunities for development. Unfortunately, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic caused a major setback in the peace process, the transition, and consequently all government efforts have been redirected to addressing this crisis situation. Furthermore, what we are seeing is the emergence of a new scenario in which development plans should be recalibrated in anticipation of a “new normal” setting.