ILIGAN CITY – Students and professionals from Mindanao State University (MSU) of Marawi, MSU – Iligan Institute of Technology (IIT) of this city and some private colleges in Lanao provinces have committed peace-building Sunday in support of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) or known as Republic Act 11054 which will be ratifying on January 21 and February 6 in 2019.
An event conducted at Sea La Vie here by “Mindanaw Tripartite Youth Core (MTYC)” co-organized by MSU-IIT alumni in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was resulted to Muslim, Christian and Lumad participants grasp peace outcomes in Mindanao.
One of the youths Yasmira Moner, a political science graduate from MSU-IIT who discussed importance and purpose of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) among Muslims, Christians and Lumads in the parliamentary form of government.
Moner said, “The activities are deemed to support and build unity and spur constituents to actively support and accompany the transition period of the BOL.”
BOL calls for the conduct of a plebiscite on January 21 and February 6 this year in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and other areas proposed for inclusion in BARMM, respectively the cites of Cotabato and Isabela, 6 towns in Lanao del Norte and 39 villages in six North Cotabato towns which voted in 2001 ARMM plebiscite.
The Bangsamoro Parliament is a legislative branch of regional government which exercises legislative power in the autonomous region and legislates Shari’ah, the law governs Muslims.
Members of the Parliament has 80 representatives where 50% placed for Political Party Representatives, 40% for district representatives where maximum of 8% reserved seats for Ulama, Traditional Leaders, Youth and Women while 2 seats for Indigent Peoples and settler communities.
In September 22, 2018, around 80 youths in the event “MasterPeace: Bangsamoro Youth Model Parliament (BYMP)” who have committed to peace-building and acts representatives of the proposed Bangsamoro territorial jurisdiction simulated in the proceedings of the proposed Bangsamoro Parliament at the ARMM Regional Legislative Assembly in Cotabato City.
BYMP is composed of Muslims, Christians and Lumads organized last year by the Office of the Presidential Advisers on the Peace Process (OPAPP), co-organized by DELACSE Bangsamoro, a project funded by the European Union in the Philippines and implemented by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Philippines Office and the Institute for Autonomy and Governance, in partnership with the National Society of Parliamentarians.
“We want to contribute (to) the Bangsamoro once it is established so that the legislators can see that the youth (has) a…