Three-term Senator, Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, principal author of the bill, commended the approval on third reading of House Bill No. 10121 which seeks to amend Section 13 Article XVI of Republic Act No. 11054, also known as the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Legarda, who filed the measure as House Bill 8116 on December 1, 2020, expressed that the passage of this bill will allow the Bangsamoro Government to attend to more urgent needs of the people especially during this time of the pandemic.
The bill provides for the postponement of the conduct of the first regular elections of the Bangsamoro government in 2022 to 2025 instead, as mandated by RA 11054.
According to Legarda, the postponement of the elections to synchronize with the 2025 national elections would allow for the strengthening of the BARMM’s foundations for a stronger regional government and economy while also providing an adequate amount of time for the full transition of the BARMM to fully transpire.
“The additional few years would ensure a more effective implementation of the programs and operations of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority. I therefore join the entire Bangsamoro region in welcoming the approval of this important measure ,” Legarda concluded.
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Senator Loren Legarda has expressed alarm over reported declining tuna stocks worldwide primarily due to overfishing. Noting the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which revealed that five of the eight tuna species in the world have been considered threatened with extinction, Legarda said the issue is relevant to the Philippine fishing industry as the country is the fourth largest producer of fresh chilled and canned tuna products in the world. “Overfishing has been a great challenge to the country’s fishing industry. Aside from declining tuna stocks, we have also received reports earlier in the year regarding the decline in the supply of galunggong and dilis. We have to immediately address this concern because continued marine degradation and weak enforcement of our fisheries law will further deprive our citizens of their basic needs,” she said. In this light, the senator said she is hopeful that the Philippine ratification of the Agreement with the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (Iclarm) will produce significant improvements in the country’s fisheries and aquaculture sector. She said the Iclarm has been working closely with a number of research institutions in the Philippines to increase fish production, improving resource management and equitable distribution of benefits in developing countries and protecting the environment. “The presence of Iclarm in the country, through a duly established Office, ensures the continuity in its programs and joint initiatives with the Philippine government and other partner institutions for the development of the fisheries sector. However, our government has the greater responsibility to ensure that it faithfully and effectively implements the provisions of the Fisheries Code to balance the need for livelihood and food supply and the need to ensure continuous production of fish species for future yield and maintain ecological balance,” Legarda said.