By Jennifer C. Tilos
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) — Some 150 civil society organization members are expected to
participate in the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) forum on June 4 at 9:00a.m. at Negros Oriental Covention Center, Dumaguete City.
According to Bantay Bayanihan Negros Oriental Chapter lead convener Marietta Jambora, the forum is a joint effort with Security Reform Initiative to inform the public and understand the important provisions of the BBL.
“In the midst of all the newspaper articles, radio commentaries, and even social media memes on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, we also invite the general public to join the forum in bringing the discourse back to the strengths, challenges, and main features of the proposed law,” said Jambora.
The Bantay Bayanihan group said the forum will provide a space for an informed and pragmatic conversation where accurate information may be shared as well as apprehensions and concerns may be taken up.
Assistant secretary Jennifer Oreta of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs (OPAPP) and some members of the National Peace Council will present the key features of the BBL of which the proposed law will help enforce peace and order in Mindanao.
BantayBayanihan is a network of civil society organizations—now reaching 150 network-members in 16 conflict-affected areas nationwide performing an oversight function on the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ implementation of its Internal Peace and Security Plan Bayanihan.
The Security Reform Initiative (SRI) is an independent think-tank constructively and critically engaging the security sector in pushing for key policy and institutional reforms. (mbcn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on June 2, 2015)