Seventy-five (75) leaders and representatives of the various indigenous women organizations and tribes from mainland BARMM gathered on March 18, 2019 for the Non-Moro Indigenous Women forum dubbed: “ Women Provisions in the BOL: Opportunities and Challenges in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Key Resource Persons provided the substantive and timely inputs, which appropriately brought on the subsequent exchange of rich ideas among the participants.
Atty. Benedicto Bacani, executive director of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG), asserted that the advocacy for bridging the Indigenous Peoples voice in Bangsamoro governance and politics, including the protection of IP rights has been one of the sustained programs of IAG.
Meanwhile, BTA member Honorable Romeo Saliga discussed in detail the relevant IP Provisions in the BOL. He also presented and explained the list of IP Priority Agenda already prepared for the upcoming discussions and deliberation in the Bangsamoro Parliament.
In addition, Mr. Dan Pulna Utto, relayed the message of Honorable Melanio Ulama, Minister of Indigenous Peoples Rights Affairs, assuring the Non-Moro Indigenous People (NMIP) that his ministry will carry and sustain their concerns and issues in the BOL into the parliament.
Atty. Anna Tarhata Basman, a woman member of the BTA detailed the very specific Women Provisions in the BOL, including the line-up of pertinent priority legislations. Furthermore, she assured the participants that she will strongly push for the advancement of women’s welfare and political empowerment, particularly in the electoral code.
Towards the end of the workshop, five (5) IP women leaders turned-over to BTA members Atty. Anna Tarhata Basman, and Romeo C. Saliga the consolidated IP recommendations – serving as it were, the IP agenda for the substantiation of the IP-related BOL provisions.
The forum was organized by the Enpold Bangsamoro Politics for Peace Phase 2, a project implemented by the Institute for Autonomy and Governance, in partnership with the Bangsamoro Women Services Center (BWSC), Institute for Bangsamoro Studies (IBS), Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), Organization of Teduray and Lambangian Conference (OTLAC), and Zamboanga Basilan Integrated Alliance, Inc. (ZABIDA), and supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia.