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PBBM to Bangsamoro leadership: Make BARMM’s first parliamentary election a success

MANILA - President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Thursday urged the Bangsamoro leadership to secure the very first elections for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Parliament, particularly against those planning to use violence to disenfranchise voters.

Speaking during the 17th Meeting of the Intergovernmental Relations Body (IGRB) at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, the President said the preparations for the BARMM’s first parliamentary election will be tested in May 2025.

Feb. 8 declared ‘special working holiday’ in BARMM

MANILA – The Bangsamoro government on Wednesday said Feb. 8 is not a holiday but a “special working holiday” within the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The clarification was made in response to news reports quoting a memorandum issued by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) about the observance of Lailatul Isra Wal Mi’raf as a holiday.

BARMM hikes private workers' daily wage

THE Ministry of Labor and Employment (MOLE) of the Bangsamoro Government and the Bangsamoro Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (BTWPB) signed and announced on Wednesday Wage Order No. 03, raising the daily wage of employees in the private sector in the region.

Muslimin Sema, MOLE minister, who also chairs BARMM BTWPB, had signed the order in the presence of wage board members raising the daily wage for non-agriculture workers in Cotabato City from P341 to P361 (20 pesos hike).

For the agriculture sector, from P316 daily pay, it is now P336.

Foreign help for  seaside 'peace road’ project sought

COTABATO CITY - Residents of the now progressing fishing capital of Maguindanao del Norte need help from foreign donors in building bridges over rivers at stretches of a road now being constructed to connect their town to Sultan Kudarat province to sustain the booming economy in the area.

The neighboring Maguindanao del Norte and Sultan Kudarat are component provinces of the Bangsamoro region and Administrative Region 12, respectively.

Mother-son governors of Mindanao reject secession calls

COTABATO CITY – More Mindanao leaders are joining the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region's provincial executives in Muslim Mindanao to stand firm for a united Philippines as they reject calls for separation of Mindanao.

Two provincial governors have issued separate statements refusing calls by former Pres. Rodrigo Duterte for a separate Mindanao.

They are Maguindanao del Sur Gov Bai Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu and her son Sultan Kudarat Gov. Datu Pax Ali Mangudadatu.

BARMM leaders oppose separation of Mindanao

COTABATO CITY – The chief minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), has called on all Bangsamoro to help protect the gains of the Mindanao peace processes.

BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim issued the statement Friday amid calls by former President Duterte for a separate Mindanao.

“We remain grateful for and acknowledge the significant contributions made by past and present Presidents of the Philippines in arriving at the peaceful settlement of the Bangsamoro Question,” Ebrahim said.

Japan pledges $5-M for BARMM food program

MANILA – The Japanese government has pledged to contribute about USD5 million to a farm-to-school meals program in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

In a news release Wednesday, the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines reported that Japanese Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko signed and exchanged notes with World Food Programme (WFP) Philippines Country Director at interim Giorgi Dolidze for “The Project for the Promotion of ‘Farm-to-School’ Meals Programme Using Locally Harvested Products in the BARMM.”

MSSD inks MOA with PSA-BARMM for CBMS

COTABATO CITY – The Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)-BARMM for the implementation of the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS). The ceremony took place on January 24, 2024, at the Sheik Makhdum Training Hall, PSA-BARMM, Cotabato City.

Battle to bottle: An MILF ex-combatant success story

COTABATO CITY - The account provided by Wahid Maneged, the deputy brigade commander of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF), is not an unusual story; rather, it is an intrinsic aspect of the conflicts that have afflicted the Bangsamoro region in past years.

IPHO-Lanao del Sur gets P1.5-M grant, supplies

COTABATO CITY --- The Integrated Provincial Health Office-Lanao del Sur community service programs got a boost with a P1.5 million grant and 20 new wheelchairs from a ranking Bangsamoro regional parliament member, its top official announced on Sunday.

Physician Allen Minalang, chief of the IPHO-Lanao del Sur, told reporters that the regional lawmaker Paisalin Pangandaman Tago, also serving as Bangsamoro transportation and communications minister, turned over to them last week the P1.5 million grant and 20 wheelchairs from his office in Cotabato City.

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