The Bangsamoro government has received P5.3 billion as part of its block grant for this year.
The block grant is the new budget modality that would fund the Bangsamoro government’s annual operational requirements beginning January 2020.
Assistant Executive Secretary Abdullah Cusain said that the amount, which was given to the regional government, covers the salaries of the employees of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), capital outlay and maintenance, and other operating expenses.
He 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).
“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 No. 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.