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COTABATO CITY—Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Parliament in its regular session Wednesday, Jan. 18, adopted the proposed Resolution No. 147 or the 2nd Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) 2023-2028.
The formulation of the 2nd BDP is a medium-term development roadmap to sustain the gains and pursue the development thrust, priorities including the utilization of the Special Development Plan (SDF).
It will also serve as the strategic direction of the Bangsamoro Government to ensure that the budget is consistent with the Moral Governance agenda for the next six (6) years.
BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim stressed the crucial and potential impact of the said plan.
“The 2nd BDP, once approved at the Parliament, shall serve as a guide for all BARMM ministries, line agencies, and offices in formulating and pursuing their plans, programs, and projects thereby contributing to the attainment of the vision, mission, goals, and objectives of the BARMM,” Ebrahim said.
“It is also worth noting that in this process, the 1st Bangsamoro Development Plan served as one of the main Reference Documents—from budget preparation to the deliberation during the hearings, and finally to the eventual approval of the Budget. As always, we wanted to make sure that our budget is consistent with our moral governance agenda and the Bangsamoro Development,” he added.
Accordingly, the BDP shall serve not only as a policy anchor for the 2024-2028 budget but will also include the programming of the Special Development Fund (SDF).
During the session, Engr. Mohajirin Ali, director-general of the Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA), presented the salient features of the 2nd BDP to the parliament members.
These include the BARMM’s regional context, trends, and prospects, Bangsamoro spatial strategies, and the 2nd BDP’s development framework, sectoral thrust, and priorities.
The 2nd BDP was crafted with the collaborative efforts of the Bangsamoro Economic and Development Council (BEDC) through its five (5) sectoral committees namely: Development Administration Committee, Peace Public Order, Safety and Security Committee, Social Development Committee, Economic Development Committee, and the Infrastructure Development Committee.
The said plan is also aligned with the Ambisyon Natin 2040, Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023-2028, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 8-Point Socioeconomic Agenda of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., and the Enhanced 12-Point Priority Agenda of the BARMM. (Johaira Sahidala/BIO)