Atty. Dion Lorenz L. Romano
Program Manager, Ateneo Bangsamoro Initiative

Bernadette Chloe P. Torno
Research Assistant, Access Bangsamoro

Jufranz Sweet K. Faustino
Project Assistant, Access Bangsamoro

For fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022) the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) proposed a total budget of Php 79.86 billion: 83.95% is allocated to fund twenty-eight (28) ministries and offices of the Bangsamoro, and 16.05% is allocated for five (5) programs under the special purpose fund. Included in the proposed budget for FY 2022 is funding for five (5) newly created offices namely: the Bangsamoro Sports Commission, the Bangsamoro Pilgrimage Authority, the Bangsamoro Commission for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, the Cooperatives and Social Enterprise Authority, and the Development Academy of the Bangsamoro. Furthermore, one (1) newly created fund – the Local Government Support Fund – and the Special Development Fund are included under the Special Purpose Fund.

This paper provides a quick and general review of the Bangsamoro Expenditure Program (BEP) for FY 2022. A complete review of the BARMM budget, dissecting the issues and concerns of its expenditure program will be the subject of a further study once the BTA has released its approved budget. In the meantime, the paper presents the sources of financing available to the Bangsamoro Government, the changes in allocation per ministry vis-a-vis the region’s budget for FY 2021, and the key program expenditures for FY 2022. Lastly, the paper ends by providing some recommendations to make the region’s budget responsive to the needs of the Bangsamoro people and its budget processes more transparent and participatory, based on the annual monitoring of BARMM budget by the Access Bangsamoro.

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