The European Union, through the Support to Bangsamoro Transition (SUBATRA) Programme, turned over video and photo equipment, and laptops to the Bangsamoro Information Office on Monday, 17 May 2021, at the Sharif Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, Bangsamoro Government Center in Cotabato City.

Photo ©Bangsamoro Information Office

The equipment is intended to support the BARMM Government in ensuring the dissemination of timely and accurate information to the Region.

BIO Executive Director Ameen Andrew Alonto of the BIO received the equipment from SUBATRA Team Leader Bernard Jolly. Also present were Criselle Capistrano and Samrah Karon of the SUBATRA Project Team.

17 May 2021
Criselle Capistrano, Deputy Project Manager and Communications Senior Officer
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Support to Bangsamoro Transition (SUBATRA) is a 5-year programme funded by the European Union, through an Agreement with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines with a value of EUR 26 Million or over PHP1.5 Billion. SUBATRA contributes to a smooth and timely undertaking of the transition through capacity building of the three branches of the Bangsamoro Government (executive, legislative and judicial) and civil society organisations.

This will promote an enabling good governance environment and support the efficient implementation of policies set up by the transition plan, with a focus on capacities that are critical for a sound functioning of interim institutions. These include: i) capacity of the BTA’s executive branch superstructure to drive and coordinate key transitional policies; ii) capacity of the Parliament to exercise its law making and oversight functions; iii) capacity of the Justice System to adjudicate litigations and improve access to justice, and iv) capacity of the civil society to contribute to a peaceful transition to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).