WHAT WENT BEFORE: The Bangsamoro region

/ 07:00 AM February 23, 2019

July 2018 – President Duterte signs Republic Act No. 11054, or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

Jan. 21, 2019 – Plebiscite for the ratification of the BOL takes place for all areas under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Isabela City in Basilan and Cotabato City.


Feb. 6, 2019 – Second plebiscite for voters in Lanao del Norte, seven towns in Cotabato province and other areas that petitioned for inclusion in the future Bangsamoro takes place.

Feb. 22, 2019 – The 80-member Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), the interim government in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), appointed by the President takes oath.


The BTA will run the BARMM’s parliamentary government in the Bangsamoro region until its first regular elections. The interim chief minister will exercise executive authority while the BTA will exercise legislative authority.

Within the first 60 days of the transition period, the interim chief minister will submit to the BTA the proposed organizational plan and schedule of implementation, which the BTA will vote on within 10 days after submission. The transition plan will be implemented 15 days from its approval.

June 30, 2019 – Terms of the incumbent elected officials of the ARMM will expire.

2022 – BARMM constituents will hold election for the first set of officials of the BARMM, synchronized with the national elections. Immediately after the first regular elections, the BTA will be dissolved.

Sources: Inquirer Archives, Republic Act No. 11054

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