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Indigenous peoples, ‘symbols of inclusivity’ in Bangsamoro, urged to engage in parliament

Sep 02, 2019

Engage from a principles-based position, focus on building strong political institutions. This was the message of IAG Executive Director Benedicto Bacani at the opening of “Usapang IP sa Bangsamoro” last Friday, August 30, in Cotabato City.

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Why IAG conducted study on traditional Muslim schools in Mindanao?

Aug 28, 2019

There are two significant events that prompted the conduct of the study. 

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Traditional Muslim schools in Mindanao yearn for government recognition, study says

Aug 20, 2019

A vast majority of traditional Muslim schools in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and adjacent regions struggle with limited resources for their operations and aspire for government recognition to get support.

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IAG study on traditional Muslim schools in Mindanao out August 22nd

Aug 13, 2019

IAG's latest research aims to provide baseline information to promote the use of data and evidence in crafting public policies on traditional Muslim schools in the Philippines and in the evolving education system of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

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JULY RECAP: Is federalism still a major agenda of President Duterte?

Jul 31, 2019

DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya addressed the elephant in the room during Kusog Mindanaw's annual conference in Davao City last July 11, 2019. 

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IAG, International IDEA conduct indigenous rights assessment workshop

Jul 18, 2019

IAG has partnered with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) to bring to the Philippines for the first time the Indigenous Peoples’ Constitutional Assessment  Tool (IPCAT) to help IP leaders deepen their understanding of how the current legal regime promotes indigenous rights.

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DILG to LGUs: Support BARMM, "we cannot afford to fail"

Jul 17, 2019

The Department of the Interior and Local Government in partnership with IAG conducted a consultation and dialogue with BARMM LGUs on July 15 in Manila. 

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BTA admin code committee trains on parliamentary system

Jul 10, 2019

Member parliamentarians of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Ad hoc Committee on Administrative Code participated in a learning session and workshop aimed to equip them with knowledge and skills in drafting the rules for organizing the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) parliamentary government.

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EDITOR'S PICKS

Oversight and Intergovernmental Relations in the Bangsamoro

Ishak V. Mastura I Sep 02, 2019

Given that it is a new feature in the BOL, it remains to be seen whether or not the IGR Body in the BOL, which is usually a feature in Federal Constitutions, will provide a suitable mechanism to balance the call for an active role of the President to supervise the BARMM as provided in the “take care clause”, with... Read more

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Is it still possible to revise the Constitution for federalism?

Antonio Arellano I Aug 02, 2019

We in the Concom share the hope that there is still time to revise the 1987 Constitution. Much more, we believe that indeed, federalism is the answer to the myriad of problems besetting our country and our people. Read more

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Charter Change the right way

Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco I Jul 19, 2019

The Constitution prescribes the modes of revision but leaves it to the drafting body to devise the mechanics of the writing process itself. In this regard, it must be emphasized that railroading the process will only result to a new constitution having no legitimacy at all. Hence, Filipinos cannot simply leave constitutional reform in the hands of politicians. Read more

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Federalism: The Mindanao Agenda from a Moro Viewpoint

Robert Maulana Alonto I Jul 18, 2019

With the present implementation of the BOL, opening the constitution for amendments will be a strategic opportunity for the Bangsamoro to strengthen what they have gained in the peace negotiations and ensure that justice, genuine peace and development can be achieved in Mindanao.  Read more

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#KusogMindanaw 2019: Federalism as a Mindanao Agenda

DILG Usec. Jonathan Malaya I Jul 11, 2019

You are all stakeholders in keeping Mindanao peaceful, progressive, and resilient. It is a shared responsibility across the public and private sectors. Read more

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#KusogMindanaw 2019: Daring to Dream for Peace and Posterity in Southern Philippines

Fr. Eliseo Mercado Jr. I Jul 11, 2019

Is convergence of the dreams of multiple communities in southern Philippines possible? Is it an illusion to work together as partners to realize all our dreams, not one at the expense of another? Read more

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Building a strong Bangsamoro foundation

Mussolini Sinsuat Lidasan I Jul 01, 2019

Because the BTA is just starting out, all eyes are on us. This also means that there will be more questions and issues that arise that would not be amplified otherwise. For example, there have been questions regarding the speed in which the BTA can deliver its mandate to the people. Read more

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IGR: The key to genuine and meaningful local autonomy

Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco I Jun 10, 2019

The concept of intergovernmental relations (IGR) is traditionally associated with federal systems. But many scholars maintain that IGR mechanisms can and do play a key function in unitary systems with embedded decentralization arrangements such as the Philippines. Read more

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Funding the Transition to BARMM: Mandates, Myths and Reality

iag.org.ph I May 23, 2019

Are there transition funds for the BTA-BARMM? The second of the IAG-Konrad Adenauer Stiftung roundtable series on Bangsamoro transition aims to find answers to this question.  Read more

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Bangsamoro Transition Authority: A Transition Beyond Bridging ARMM to BARMM

iag.org.ph I May 14, 2019

How does the BARMM evolve a relationship with the national government? Would it be through intergovernmental relations? Would it be better through devolution as was in the previous ARMM, or just by executive order of President Duterte, banking on his strong political capital? These are some of the fundamental questions that need answered to make BARMM work for the Bangsamoro. Read more

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