GOVERNMENT agencies need to accelerate the devolution of projects and programs to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) according to the Department of Finance (DoF), which is taking a lead role in relations between the government and the newly-formed autonomous government.

In a statement, the DoF said Tuesday that the Intergovernmental Relations Body (IGRB) has determined to meet and act on devolution concerns faster in order to decide which projects will be funded by the national government by the time the transfer of some p2rojects to the BARMM is completed.

The IGRB is co-chaired by Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III and BARMM Education Minister Mohagher Iqbal.

The IGRB meets at intervals of 90. The first meeting was in Davao City in December, while the latest meeting was on Oct. 9.

Mr. Dominguez said he asked BARMM officials to identify as soon as possible any issue concerning the implementation of Republic Act No. 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

To implement the law, the Department of the Interior and Local Government was quoted as saying that it will put up regional offices of the Bureaus of Jail Management and Penology and of Fire Protection in the BARMM.

The National Police Commission also said it will establish a regional office in BARMM.

The IGRB also discussed the establishment of a Philippine Coast Guard district in the region, in coordination with the BARMM Ministry of Transportation and Communication.

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines also committed to work with BARMM’s Bureau of Cultural Heritage in transferring the management of historical and cultural sites in the region.

Energy development issues were discussed separately by the Intergovernmental Energy Board on Sept. 3. The two sides tackled joint exploration, development and the utilization of fossil fuels and uranium.

The Bangsamoro Organic Law was passed in 2018. — Beatrice M. Laforga