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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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Kusog Mindanaw 2019: 11 questions we need answers to

Jul 06, 2019

Federalism, Bangsamoro, Security and Martial Law will be the main order of business when Kusog Mindanaw convenes for its annual conference in Davao City on July 10 to 12.

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BTA, CSOs to discuss key issues confronting transition to BARMM

Jun 14, 2019

IAG, through its DELACSE Bangsamoro project, will be bringing together some members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, key officials from national government agencies, civil society organizations (CSOs), and policy think-tanks at a forum on July 19 in Makati City to discuss the key issues confronting the successful transition to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

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IAG, Ateneo School of Government launch knowledge portal on Bangsamoro

May 30, 2019

A knowledge portal that promises to be a credible capacity-building online infrastructure for the Bangsamoro has been unveiled today, May 30, during a short ceremony in Cotabato City.

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Panel done with draft transition plan for BARMM

May 21, 2019

Experts are done drafting a transition plan for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, which will be turned over to the new region's caretaker government.

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BTA member calls for immediate creation of national coordinating body

May 06, 2019

A Bangsamoro Transition Authority member has called on the national government to immediately set up the Intergovernmental Relations Body that will facilitate interactions with the newly-formed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao | BusinessWorld

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EDITOR'S PICKS

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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More of the same means the same problems: Updates on and prospects of the shift to federalism

iag.org.ph I May 07, 2019

A constant talking point in the president’s State of the Nation addresses before Congress, the shift to federalism has been touted as a cure for unequal development in the regions and a focus on policy- and decision-making from Manila. Read more

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Proper use of IGR mechanisms is vital to the success of the BARMM

Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco I Apr 11, 2019

It cannot be emphasized enough that for the newly organized Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) the path ahead is extremely challenging. Right up there in the BTA’s challenging to-do-list is the familiarization of the entire Bangsamoro community to the concept of Intergovernmental Relations or IGR. Read more

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