COTABATO CITY—In line with the recent approval of extension period in the Bangsamoro region until 2025, BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim and Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Finance, Budget and Management (MFBM) Atty. Ubaida Pacasem ensured that there will be a proper budgeting for BARMM’s programs and projects.
This was emphasized by both officials during the Plenary Session held Thursday, Nov. 18 in this city, as the proposed BTA Cabinet Bill 155 or an Act Appropriating Funds for the Operation of Bangsamoro Government was tackled on the second reading.
“With the extension of the transition period until 2025, it is certain that the Bangsamoro has great expectations for the next three years. Such expectation is the proper budgeting for programs that can faithfully reflect the direction of our region,” Chief Minister Ebrahim, who is also the concurrent MFBM minister, said.
The 2022 Bangsamoro Expenditure Program, which was filed by the Government of the Day, gives more attention to education, social services, infrastructure, support to local government units, disaster resiliency, and most importantly, health.
Pacasem, who is also a member of parliament, stressed, “we need to have a budget that will help us continue and improve our service delivery to the Bangsamoro, and allow us to ensure their welfare and progress. We need to have a budget that also accounts for the proper management of risks so we can adapt as needed.”
“Mr. Speaker, I earnestly hope that this proposed Bangsamoro Budget for Fiscal Year 2022 will merit the approval of our colleagues in this Parliament. As we navigate to this extended transition period, let us be imbued with vigor, foresight, humility, and wisdom to work together for our common aspiration—a Bangsamoro Autonomous Region where people are united and enlightened in pursuing its shared direction of developing the Bangsamoro to be self-governing, peaceful, just, morally upright, and progressive,” he added. (Bangsamoro Information Office)