COTABATO CITY (April 4, 2019) – Bangsamoro Chief Minister Al Hajj Murad Ebrahim led the launching of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao – Full Disclosure Policy Portal (BARMM-FDPP) on Thursday, April 4, in Cotabato City.
The BARMM-FDPP is the first program launched by the Bangsamoro Government, through its Ministry of Local Government (MLG), that is designed to enable constituents to understand government financial transactions and how the local government budget is spent and managed. It is based on the national government’s Full Disclosure Policy.
This policy is adopted from the implementation of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular No. 2010-83.
Chief Minister Ebrahim said, “This is in line with our policy of moral governance and transparency of all the activities and also the transparency in handling financial matters and other related activities.”
The portal provides a full disclosure of the LGU’s budget, finances, bids and public offerings. The summary of Income and Expenditures as well as the budget process of the participation of representatives from the civil society are also part of the postings in the FDPP.
The Chief Minister stressed that all LGUs are mandated to comply and adhere with the policies of this program. LGU officials which are non-compliant to the said policy may face administrative charges that could result to their suspension or removal from office.
“We are imposing this and enforcing them to comply with it because it is provided under the law,” he said.
The new Bangamoro Government has the authority to regulate the affairs of its constituents over the transactions of the LGUs as provided by the Bangsamoro Organic Law (R.A. 11054).