Senator Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV reminded the government to keep their promise to support the full implementation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) by ensuring that they are granted ample funds.
Aquino, co-author and co-sponsor of the BOL said support should be given. He said, “Dapat tiyakin na sapat at hindi kulang ang suporta para sa BOL.”
He said the dream of peace in Mindanao should not be hampered by the lack of funds: “Ang tagal na nitong pinangarap at inilaban ng mga kapatid nating Moro. Dapat hindi mabinbin ang transition dahil sa kakulangan ng budget.”
Under Republic Act 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law, the current appropriation for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) shall be transferred to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority.
The ARMM has a 2019 budget of P31.1-billion but with the passing of the BOL, an additional fund of P30 billion budget is needed. Aquino said that transition to BOL needs around P59 billion.
“Sayang naman kung hindi natin bibigyan ng tamang pondo ang BOL. Itodo na natin ang suporta upang maabot na ng mga kababayan natin sa Mindanao ang inaasam nilang kapayapaan at kaunlaran,” Aquino reiterated.
Aquino said that the fund is needed to help establish jobs for the people; saying: “Kinakailangan ang sapat na budget para makalikha ng iba’t ibang trabaho para sa mga kababayan natin doon.”
The senator is looking at February 6 for the bicameral conference committee to finally finish the proposed 2019 General Appropriations Bill. He also hopes that the Senate and the House of Representatives will be able to ratify the budget measure on the same day.