MARAWI CITY: The Bangsamoro Government has received the first cut of its 2020 block grant, amounting to P5.3-billion, on February 05.
This was announced by Assistant Executive Secretary Abdullah Cusain during the Kapihan sa Bangsamoro on Tuesday, February 11, held in Cotabato City.
The block grant is allocated for the regional government’s programs and projects for the month of January.
Also included in the block grant are the salaries of the BARMM employees for the month of January.
Cusain said each of the Bangsamoro Government’s ministries and offices were required to submit their Budget Execution Documents (BED), among other documents, to the Ministry of Finance and Budget and Management (MFBM) on February 10.
“A government is an organization covered by rules. Everything we do has guidelines that we have to follow,” Cusain said.
“We are not only observing laws but we also have to follow it—and this is what the Bangsamoro Government, since the first day, have been doing as part of the larger program we call moral governance,” he added.
Article XII, Section 15 of the Republic Act 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law states that the “National Government shall provide an annual block grant which shall be the share of the Bangsamoro Government in the national internal revenue tax collections of the Bureau of Internal Revenue and collections of the Bureau of Customs.”
The BARMM has an allocation of P63.6-billion block grant for the year 2020, pursuant to the Bangsamoro Organic Law. (Bureau of Public Information)