Helping establish democracy in Bangsamoro
Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in the Muslim Mindanao (BARMM or Bangsamoro) is an autonomous region in the Southern Philippines and the centrepiece of a long-running peace process in which the UK Government played an important support role.
WFD is supporting the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), which is serving as an interim government. The BTA’s task is to put in place the Bangsamoro Organic Law, the constitutional basis of Bangsamoro, and to build the required institutional architecture and structures for effective and inclusive governance in Bangsamoro.
The Education Code is one of seven key pieces of legislation essential to building new structures for the political transition in Bangsamoro. WFD provided MP Rasul Mitmug Jr., the Vice Chair of Committee on Education and co-author of the Bill on Bangsamoro Education Code, with expert guidance, technical support and mentorship as the measure moved through the parliament.
In 2022, the Code was approved by the parliament – and MP Rasul attributed part of the legislation’s procedural and substantive success to the guidance provided by WFD.