President Marcos Visits Bangsamoro Region, Leads Inauguration of Newly Appointed Members of BTA

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COTABATO CITY — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos, Jr. is expected to lead the inauguration of the new set of members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) tomorrow afternoon, September 15, his first visit to the Bangsamoro region since assuming office on June 30, 2022.

During the inauguration ceremony, Marcos, popularly known as by his nickname “Bongbong”, also BBM, is expected to deliver his address to the 80 new members of the BTA who will serve from 2022 to 2025.

Members of the Parliament will also take an “oath of moral governance” to assure the public that the Bangsamoro government is committed to upholding good governance in the region.

In a ceremony held at Malacañang Palace on August 12, the newly appointed members of the Parliament swore an oath of office under the leadership of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Ahod Balawag “Al-Hajj Murad” Ebrahim, who had been reappointed as Interim Chief Minister of the BTA.

Of the 80 members, 41 nominees are from the MILF and 39 are from the government. Fortiy-nine of them have served as BTA members since 2019, while the remaining 31 are newly appointed.

Lawyers, lawyer-certified public accountants, engineers, teachers, doctors, architects, media practitioners, politicians, former elected officials at the local levels, and government bureaucrats make up the majority of their workforce.

BARMM Parliament
Credit: BARMM Parliament

They represent the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Sulu, Basilan, and Tawi-Tawi, as well as the Bangsamoro community in North Cotabato, non-Moro indigenous peoples, the Kalagan or Kagan community in Davao Oriental, and settler communities in Davao City and Cotabato City.

During the first Parliament from 2019 to 2022, they were able to pass 31 bills and 263 resolutions. Three of the seven priority codes were also approved, such as administrative, education, and civil service.

In a message from Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr., presidential adviser on peace, reconciliation, and unity, the inauguration of the BTA “sends a clear and strong signal that the Marcos administration is firm and determined, more than ever, to complete the implementation of all signed Bangsamoro peace agreements.”

Before entering the plenary session hall for tomorrow’s activity, BTA members and guests are required to do either an RT-PCR or an antigen test. (LTAIS-Public Information, Publication, and Media Relations Division) — (/)

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