Centro Latino, full house for BBL forum PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:47

The Centro Latino in Paseo del Mar was filled to the brim Monday afternoon as District I Congressman Celso Lobregat spearheaded a forum on House Bill 4994 generally known as the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Multi-sectoral groups, anxious to find out the different provisions in the proposed measure and their significance or implications, trooped to the venue to hear Lobregat comprehensively discuss the proposal. Both the first and second floors of Centro Latino were full.

The solon, who sits as member of the Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL in Congress, wanted to find out the people’s position on the bill, which was submitted to the House of Representatives on September 11. He likewise distributed documents he obtained as well as his analysis of the provisions, for easy access and understanding by the participants.

The target 300 was surpassed reaching 526 attendees. Among the participants were members from Sanguniang Panlungsod together with Vice Mayor Cesar Ituralde, Barangay Chairmen, members from government offices, business sectors, religious sector, military and police, president and student leaders from various academes such as Western Mindanao State University, Ateneo de Zamboanga, Zamboanga State College Marine and Sciences Technology, Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College and Southern City Colleges also member from Isabela City Government together with their former Mayor Leonardo Pioquinto.

After the deliberation of the Bangsamoro Law, an open forum was followed whereby participants were given a chance to address their queries, views and suggestions. Lobregat was impressed with the participation of the audience as they presented their questions directly from the distributed documents which proved their interest on the proposed Bangsamoro Law.

The forum ended well as the Congressman answered each question and has imparted his knowledge in the House Bill no. 4994.

House Bill 4994, an act providing for the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro and abolishing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, repealing for the propose Republic Act 9054, entitled “an Act  to Strengthen and Expand the Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,” and Republic Act 6734, entitled “An Act Providing for an Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao” and for other purposes, was filed on September 11, 2014 and referred to the House Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law. — Melcah Yee