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Briefer on Seven (7) Roundtable Discussions in the Senate of the Philippines on Muslim Mindanao Autonomy (June – October2015) | CMFR

Briefer on Seven Roundtable Discussions in the Senate of the Philippines on Muslim Mindanao Autonomy (June – October 2015)

The House of Representatives is expected to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) ahead of the Philippine Senate.  The proposal is expected to face rough sailing in the Senate.  The Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revisions of Laws has released a report critical of the constitutionality of the fundamental principles, mechanisms and processes in the proposed BBL.  The Chair of the Local Government Committee (the lead committee for the BBL in the Senate) in a privilege speech announced that his Committee is coming out with a substitute bill and considering the complex issues in the BBL, the Senate will need more time before it can vote on the bill.

It appears that the most optimistic scenario in the Senate is passing a Basic Law for the Bangsamoro in October this year.  A bicameral conference committee will then be convened to reconcile the conflicting provisions of the House and the Senate versions.

June to October is a critical period for the BBL in the Senate.  The seven (7) academic and non-partisan roundtable sessions on Muslim Mindanao autonomy seek to inform and promote greater understanding of the history, context, challenges, opportunities and options on autonomy in the committee and plenary debates and in the bicameral conference.

The Institute for Autonomy and Governance is organizing the discussions in partnership with the Senate Economic Planning Office (SEPO), Local Government Development Foundation (LOGODEF) and the Senate-Muslim Advocates for Peace and Progress.

The following are the topics and schedules:

1. Evolving Frameworks of Muslim Mindanao Autonomy:
Intergovernmental and Power Relations between the
National and Regional Government
June 18, 2015, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Senate of the Philippines, 2nd Floor, Committee Room 1
GSIS Bldg., Financial Center, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City

2. Opt in and Opt out: History, Context and Issues on Territory/
Areas of Muslim Mindanao Autonomy
July 6, 2015, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Senate of the Philippines, 2nd Floor, Committee Room 1
GSIS Bldg., Financial Center, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City

3. Dividing the Pie: Context and History of Fiscal Autonomy and
Control of Natural Resources in Muslim Mindanao
July 13, 2015, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Senate of the Philippines, 2nd Floor, Committee Room 1
GSIS Bldg., Financial Center, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City

4. Power Relations in Muslim Mindanao Autonomy:
Parliamentary System and Role of LGUs
July 20, 2015, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Senate of the Philippines, 2nd Floor Committee Room 1
GSIS Bldg., Financial Center, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City

5. Indigenous Peoples in the Proposed Bangsamoro: Challenges and
Opportunities in Securing their Rights and Welfare
August 3, 2015, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Senate of the Philippines, 2nd Floor, Committee Room 1
GSIS Bldg., Financial Center, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City

6. Transition Mechanisms and Timelines on the Proposed
Bangsamoro: Perils and Opportunities
August 17, 2015, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Senate of the Philippines, 2nd Floor, Committee Room 1
GSIS Bldg., Financial Center, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City

7. Normalization in the CAB and Proposed BBL:
Trajectories and Convergences
September 1, 2015, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Senate of the Philippines, 2nd Floor, Committee Room 1
GSIS Bldg., Financial Center, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City

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