TWO national government officials have briefed officials of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao about local government finance and Customs operations for the region.

Bureau of Customs and Bureau of Local Government Finance officials discussed how the newly formed autonomous region can assess local government units and create steps for Customs processing within its jurisdiction, according to a joint statement from the two agencies.

The agencies also explained to Bangsamoro officials how they can coordinate with the National Government when appointing local treasurers.

The Muslim region in a Jan. 21 referendum overwhelmingly favored the creation of a new autonomous body known as Bangsamoro, which will have its own parliament, more political power and greater funding.

Bangsamoro will govern a greater territory than the old autonomous region after Cotabato, one of the more prosperous cities on the island, voted to be included. — Beatrice M. Laforga