The third to fifth leg of the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society Provincial Assemblies was conducted last February 2-5 2020 in the island provinces of Tawi-Tawi, Basilan and Sulu. This was after the completion of the CBCS Provincial Assemblies first and second leg held at IPDM Hall, Marawi City and another in Plaza Alemania, Iligan City. The first day of the Provincial Assembly was held at Bayview Inn, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi last February 2, 2020, preceded with another CBCS Provincial Assembly of Civil Society Organizations in Basilan held at Lamitan City Plaza Resto, Lamitan City, February 4, 2020 and the last one for the island provinces held at Big Bites, Jolo, Sulu in the 5th of February 2020 with a theme, “Promoting Peace and Good Governance in the BARMM: Opportunities and Challenges”.
The provincial assemblies aim to re-orient the members about CBCS, its relevance under the new political landscape including understanding and analyzing the BARMM: Its Milestones, Achievement, Opportunities and Challenges. The provincial assemblies also paved the way to identify the urgent and important concerns and issues in each island provinces for joint action. Thus, it also aims to form the Active Citizen for Moral Governance Watch (MGW-TAP-G) and re-structure the workable provincial platform for effective coordination and cooperation among the CSOs.
The Tawi-Tawi Provincial Assembly was spearheaded by Mike Kulat, CBCS Program Officer who introduced the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society, its programs and advocacies including the rationale and aims of the CBCS Provincial Assemblies. On the CBCS Basilan Provincial Assembly, Mu’min Mujahid, Member of the Parliament, Bangsamo Transition Authority was actively present and gave updates on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, its achievements and milestones. While the last day of the CBCS Provincial assembly was attended by Sahie Udjah and Adzfar Usman, Members of the Parliament-Bangsamoro Transition Authority who were actively engaged and present during the Jolo, Sulu assembly.
The Provincial assemblies were closed with the approval of resolutions to be submitted to concern instrumentalities of Bangsamoro Transition Authority. It also resulted into the formation of the “Tawi-Tawi CBCS Convener Group”, “Basilan CBCS Convener Group” and the “Sulu CBCS Convener Group”. The provincial assemblies were a step towards unifying the Provincial Conveners of the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society.