Framing the Philippine Congress-Bangsamoro Parliamentary (PC-BP) Forum

The bedrock of Bangsamoro autonomy hinges on its right to self-determination including the legislation of measures to address the needs of the region but at the same time preserving the national interest. This balancing of interests is facilitated by the creation of intergovernmental relations (IGR) body as prescribed by the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). However, this new governance structure is yet to take form, lest have a blue print for implementation.
This policy brief provides a discussion on what an IGR legislative forum is and the key functional areas that define its effective intergovernmental relations.
Since the Philippine Congress-Bangsamoro Parliamentary (PC-BP) Forum is required by the BOL to operate under the principle of intergovernmental relations; this brief explores how it can be framed a) within a unitary system of government and b) along existing structural and political dynamics. Specific technical and political considerations are presented in the discussion to help assist the current initiatives for its proper implementation.


Political Parties for the Alienated and Disempowered: Partisan Politics in the Philippines and the question of Political Alienation

In understanding the relationship between citizens and political parties, one must first look at the relationship between citizens and politics in general. The concept of political alienation shows both the necessary separation and the dynamics between ordinary citizens, and the public sphere. Public affairs is an objectification of a citizen’s needs and interests. In other words, an alienated citizen sees the satisfaction of private needs and wants (e.g. security, values, etc.) as something shaped, satisfied, or frustrated by public affairs. To be specific, Filipinos are aware that politics affect their everyday lives.


Review of the Legal and Institutional Framework on the Holding of the 2022 Parliamentary Elections in the BARMM

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.


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.


Examining the BARMM Budget for FY 2020

The members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) has approved the Php 65.9 billion budget for the fiscal year 2020. The timely approval of the budget before the close of fiscal year 2019 has been seen as one of the milestones of the BTA during its first year of transition period. The challenge remains, however, on the mechanism by which the Bangsamoro Government intends to implement the budget and the manner of budget release by the National Government.


BARMM Block Grant – Policy Brief

This policy brief is a product of a continuing research and a result of a Roundtable Discussions (RTD) on how to operationalize the block grant provision of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). The RTD was participated by the representatives from the National Government Agencies (NGA) that are involved in the implementation of the Block Grant, particularly the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Finance (DOF), and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Former senior government officials and public finance experts also joined the discussions to share their perspectives on the subject. The RTD sought to provide venue among the NGAs to thresh out their plans on the block grant and to help generate ideas and provide recommendations to policymakers in defining the operationalization of the block grant.


Funding the Transition to BARMM: Mandates, Myths and Reality

The primary question on the smooth transition of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is the availability of funds.


Bangsamoro Transition Authority: A Transition beyond Bridging ARMM to BARMM

This policy report is a product of a roundtable discussion facilitated by the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) on 29 March 2019 in Cotabato City where participants from civil society and Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) generated recommendations to ensure a smooth transition from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).