BTA to form Bangsamoro Youth Commission


The Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) is pushing for the passage of a bill creating the Bangsamoro Youth Commission (BYC).

Dr. Marjanie Macasalong, executive director of the Office on Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (OBYA), said the bill is already on its second reading.

The BYC will replace OBYA, which was formed under the defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Macasalong, also a member of the BTA, said that the creation of the BYC is expected to address one of the main challenges of the previous ARMM, which was the coordination of OBYA with the other departments in the ARMM.

“We would strengthen the coordination of our office with the other ministries in order to maximize the programs and activities related to the youth,” he said.

The BYC will be “patterned” to the National Youth Commission (NYC) and will also exercise the autonomous privilege given to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the official added.