Approved Bangsamoro Civil Service Code covers indigenous peoples, Shari’ah Bar and madaris teachers
THE CIVIL Service Code for the Bangsamoro was approved Wednesday, one of the priority legislations crucial to the new region’s transition. The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s (BARMM) civil service law is mainly in line with the Philippine’s rules on government workers, but with additional provisions in consideration of the region’s sociological, cultural, and historical background. Among the distinct points of the BARMM code is the development of special examinations for members of indigenous peoples groups. “We want the examination giving bodies, like the Civil Service Commission, to conduct special exams to make that kind of eligibility (for government service), that require those examination, more reachable to our communities,” said BARMM Member of Parliament Anna T. Basman in a press release from the regional government. Ms. Basman and Deputy Majority Floor Leader Raisa H. Jajurie led the defense of the legislation during hearings among the Bangsamoro Transition Authority. The code also recognizes passing the Shari’ah Bar as an eligibility factor for appointments to certain positions. “This is based on the ORAOHRA (Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Human Resource Actions) provisions, and it emanates from Supreme Court decisions which has the power over the administration of the Shari’ah Bar,” Ms. Jajurie said. For teachers in madaris, or Islamic schools, guidelines will be set on qualifications, appointments and promotions, which will be included in the Bangsamoro Education Code. Pending the education law, the rules will be based on the recommendations of the region’s Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education. “Not only did we accomplish yet another mandate as stipulated under the BOL (Bangsamoro Organic Law), but we have also paved the way towards standardizing the regional bureaucracy that can truly manifest the shared aspirations of our people,” BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim said during the code’s signing ceremony Wednesday night. The BOL requires the passage of several legal codes for the region. The transition body is focusing next on those covering education, local government, revenue, and elections.