Protection of the rights of IDPs ensured by the BTA Parliament

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The Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) parliament has entered the second stage of a bill aimed at protecting internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the region.

This was after being presented by Minority Floor Leader Atty. Laisa Alamia the BTA Bill No. 23 or better known as the “Rights of Internally Displaced Persons in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region Act” which defines the role and responsibility of the state in providing protection and assistance to IDPs within its jurisdiction.

The bill would protect the rights of the internally displaced Bangsamoro in the following situations: armed conflict, clan war, violation of human rights; natural, human-induced, and manmade hazards, and much more. During and after evacuation, the following rights will be provided to IDPs: provision of necessities; protection against criminal offenses; etc.

Alamia stressed that part of moral governance is to affirm moral responsibility to the poor. Meanwhile, also under the bill the Bangsamoro Internal Displacement Coordination and Monitoring Office (BIDCMO) under the Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD) will be established as the institutional focal point of BARMM for IDPs.

Also, the Bangsamoro Internal Displacement Coordinating Council (BIDCC) will be formed to ensure interagency and intergovernmental coordination and cooperation in addressing internal displacement in the region. 

BY KHALID MANGONDATO

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