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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

RDC-9 holds consultation on BBL

By Franklin P. Gumapon

PAGADIAN CITY – The issue of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is still the topic of the day.

Members of the four sectoral committees of the Regional Development Council (RDC)-9 met yesterday at the “Balay Bisaya,” Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Government Center in Barangay Dao here to discuss the salient provisions of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Around 60 members of the committees on development administration, infrastructure development, economic development and regional social development came to participate in the BBL consultation called by Ms. Teresita Socorro C. Ramos, RDC-9 acting chair and regional director of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)-9.

Ramos told the participants that the said activity was designed to solicit comments and recommendations from the different sectors in regard to House Bill (HB) No. 4994 or the BBL.

“We are not conducting this because we are against the BBL or the peace process, or, as our reaction to the Mamasapano incident,” Ramos explained.

She also disclosed that the RDC had already discussed the salient features of the BBL on two separate occasions – one with chief government negotiator Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and the other with Congressman Celso Lobregat of Zamboanga City. “But RDC-9 has not yet come up with a position on the BBL,” she added.

The four committees went over each article and provision of the BBL and drew up their comments and recommendations. They also came up with resolutions to be presented during the 150th regular RDC meeting in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay tomorrow, March 5.

In their resolutions, the sectoral committees have called on the congress to review HB 4994 and to consider the comments and recommendations advanced by the RDC members.

RDC-9 is composed of the regional directors of the national government agencies, provincial governors, private sector representatives, city mayors, presidents of the League of Municipalities, academe, police and military organizations.