To be able to contribute on the process of crafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), three PMPI clusters in Mindanao located within the Bangsamoro geographic jurisdiction will conduct public consultations to orient the constituents about the basics of the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro (FAB) roadmap.
The activity, which will be participated by DOPIM, ZAMBASULI and KIDMACO clusters, also hopes to gather information on the concerns of general public on FAB that might be useful to the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and the Mindanao Civil Society Organizations Platform for Peace (MCSOPP) in finalizing the BBL.
Specifically, it aims to understand the Moro struggles for self-determination, generate people’s definition of the “Bangsamoro autonomy”, and create mechanism for stakeholders to work together to promote transparency, inclusiveness and active participation through area consultations with the end in view of generating massive public support and ownership of the Bangsamoro government.
Previously, PMPI, represented by Fr. Albert Mendez (DOPIM), participated last October 17 on the signing of memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the BTC and the 120-member organization MCSOPP, which formalized the participation of civil society organizations (CSOs) in conducting public consultations from the drafting of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to its enactment.
The public consultations aim to generate inputs, proposal, and recommendations from constituents on the details of the FAB Annexes that will be operationalized by the BBL.
In meetings of Task Force on Peace, it has been reported that results of focus group discussions (FGDs) on women and other vulnerable groups conducted by partner organizations revealed that a significant number of members of their partner communities do not know about the FAB roadmap and the content of the annexes.
Likewise, many of them expressed apprehension on the impending changes that the new Bangsamoro government will bring in the socio-economic and political landscape of their communities.
Thirty-five public orientations are proposed to be conducted in these three clusters simultaneous to the conduct of MCSOPP and the BTC of the public consultations and validation of the consultation results [See Table for the details of PMPI public consultation]. These consultations will not intend to cover all the issues and concerns on the annexes of the FAB, rather it will provide a venue for learning and understanding the FAB and its implication to the people’s everyday lives.
The said activity is projected to commence in February until March 2014 and the DOPIM cluster will act as the coordinator.