The Legislative Measures and Legal Assistance Division (LMLAD) of Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS) releases a legal primer of the Bangsamoro Autonomy Act (BAA) No. 2 or “An Act Adopting the Official Emblem for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.”
The primer highlights the purpose, inspiration, and symbols with interpretations of the Official Bangsamoro Seal. Legal Primers are summarized versions of BAAs underscoring salient provisions therein.
Atty. Biruar noted that for the transition, the current Parliament has no majority and minority floor leaders since all the MPs unanimously voted for MP Pangalian M. Balindong as the Speaker.
He also emphasized the duties of newly appointed BTA officers. According to Atty. Biruar, MPs have three primary functions: Legislation, Representation, and Oversight. MPs should represent their constituents. They should also check the Ministries and Bangsamoro Offices to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed in the Parliament.
Among these three, the primary role of MPs is legislation. MPs are tasked to pass bills and resolutions to address the institutional, political, social, and economic needs within the Bangsamoro region.
Lastly, Atty. Biruar stressed the mandates and functions of the Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS) and its Divisions. He distinguished that while the Legislative Research Division (LRD) is mandated to do research needed for bills and resolutions, LMLAD ensures that bills and resolutions are consistent with the national and regional laws; the Division also addresses any legal concerns that affect the parliament, such as legal assistance and queries.
The Legislative Research Division of the Bangsamoro Parliament Policy Research and Legal Services organized a two-day workshop on October 26-27 2022 to train technical staff members on the use of STATA software.
LRD Division Chief Vincent L. Casil said that the use of STATA in the office is very much needed for efficient data analysis considering the amount and type of data the PRLS is gathering for policy analysis.
“Since not all PRLS staff are familiar with the software, training is crucial to effective software learning,” he emphasized.
Ms. Kerry Joana Ong, a graduate of BS Statistics at the University of the Philippines Los Banos Campus, served as the resource speaker in the workshop. The primary objective of the training was to familiarize the PRLS staff with the basic operations and commands of the STATA software as well as to improve the data analysis skills of the PRLS staff.
In support of the Bangsamoro Women Commission’s (BWC) crafting of gender-related policies, the Legislative Measures and Legal Assistance Division (LMLAD) of the Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS) served as resource persons and mentors during the “Seminar-Workshop Translating Policy Research on Gender and Development (GAD) into Legislative Measures,” held in Iligan City on October 12–14, 2022.
The objective of the seminar-workshop is to convert the seven BWC policy research papers on strengthening GAD and Women and Peace Security (WPS) in BARMM, into stand-alone bills, additional provisions to the Bangsamoro GAD Code, resolutions, or non-legislative measures such as memorandum orders, policy guidelines, or executive orders.
The said program was conducted by the BWC and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the PRLS.
On October 18, 2022, the PRLS received courtesy visits from the interns of Deputy Speaker MP Laisa Masuhud Alamia, namely, Butch Nadores Arma Jr., Fatima Ayesha Unni, and Shania Omerez Madelo from the University of San Carlos-Cebu City.
The Office of the Service Director (OSD) welcomed and oriented the students on how the PRLS workforce functions and delivers outputs for the Bangsamoro Parliament.
On the next day, October 19, Director Nassef Manabilang Adiong, together with some of the technical staff from the OSD, LRD, and LMLAD, had a coordination meeting with Ms. Jehanna Abdulkarim and Ms. Ammarah Taug of the Policy Coordination and Development Division (PCDD) of MHSD. Both offices agreed to organize a policy research writeshop event.
PRLS Director Nassef Manabilang Adiong, together with the BTA’s Gender and Development Focal Point System (GADFPS), visited the BTA Satellite Office in Tawi-Tawi to meet with Provincial Coordinator Mr. Teodorico Toring and his staff.
In the meeting, they discussed the office’s accomplishments, including the challenges they have faced.
Said office is among the five BTA Satellite Offices established in the Bangsamoro region to assist in the coordination and implementation of programs, projects, and activities of the regional government.
PRLS Director Nassef Manabilang Adiong participated in the Multi-Sector Advisory Board (MSAB) meeting on September 15 at Aline Hotel, Pagadian City. The meeting was spearheaded by the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Civil Relations Service and was headed by Col. Medel Aguilar and 1st District Representative Congresswoman Divina Grace Yu of Zamboanga del Sur.
The MSAB meeting tackled the prevention and countering of violent extremism.
Technical officers of the Parliament Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS) and representatives from EU-funded programme SUBATRA conducted a streamlining meeting at PRLS Board Room in Cotabato CIty, September 22.
In the meeting, the two parties discussed the following:
Orientation for New MPs;
Gender Strategy in Parliament;
Representation-Benchmarking in Manila;
Representation-Engagement with CSOs;
Legislation: Bill Drafting Workshop with BAGO;
Training Programs for PRLS Technical Staff; and
Creation of a technical working group for the Parliamentary Services Act and the Parliamentary Learning and Training Center.
Division Chief Jehan Mitmug of the BTA Planning Division was also present in the activity.
To orient its staff on the proper way of documenting requirements for government financial operations based on COA Circular no. 2012-001 dated June 14, 2012, the PRLS sent selected staff at Pavillion Hall, Pagana Native Restaurant in Cotabato City, October 13, to attend BARMM’s “Orientation on the Documentary Requirements for Government Financial Transactions and Operations”.
Antonio S. Gepte VIII of the Commission on Audit (COA) – BARMM discussed and emphasized the revised documentary requirements needed in disbursement, cash advances, travels, and other documents required in office liquidation. Updated guidelines for the prevention and disallowance of irregular, unnecessary, excessive, extravagant and unconscionable expenditures were also tackled in the orientation.
The introduction of Islamic Finance, through the Bangsamoro Organic Law and Republic Act No. 11439 or otherwise known as “An Act Providing for the Regulation and Organization of Islamic Banks,” is an indication that a good financial practice plays a significant part in Filipino-Muslim communities.
PRLS Special Series 004, entitled “Islamic Finance and its prospect on Credit Financing in the Bangsamoro Local Governance Code” discusses how Islamic Finance can be implemented in BARMM.
The paper proposes that Islamic financing activities should be integrated into Bangsamoro Local Governance Code (BLGC), where credit financing is seen to potentially expand financial transactions and opportunities in the region.
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