Three years after the creation of the new Bangsamoro region, it is still facing multiple challenges in its crucial transition to peace after decades of armed conflict. The Bangsamoro Transition Authority, the region’s interim government, was granted a three-year extension until 2025.

What do presidential candidates have in store for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)? Will the next president appoint a new set of BTA officials? How do they plan to address important issues that affect peace and security, such as the decommissioning process, issues on land conflict, Marawi rehabilitation, and violent extremism? How will they ensure the urgent passage of priority codes and policies that will respond to the issues faced by women, children, LGBT, non-Moro IPs, and residents of the 63 Special Geographic Areas and the island provinces?

All this, and more, will be discussed during the policy forum “The Bangsamoro Agenda 2022” moderated by journalist Christian Esguerra of the ABS-CBN News Channel and jointly organized by the Institute for Autonomy and Governance and International Alert Philippines.

Representatives of presidential candidates will lay down their policy and plans for the new region in the online forum.

Senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc will represent Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

Former Ifugao congressman Teddy Baguilat will represent Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo.

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III will represent Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao while senatorial candidate Emmanuel Piñol, former chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority, will represent Sen. Panfilo Lacson.

Join us via Zoom in this online forum this March 16 (Wednesday) at 10 AM to 12 NN by registering here: