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).