Summary of Guidelines in the Accreditation of Private Sector Organizations and in the Selection of Private Sector Representatives to the Bangsamoro Economic and Development Council (BEDC)

Section, Article XIII of Republic Act No. 11054 provides that the Bangsamoro Parliament shall establish the Bangsamoro Economic and Development Council (BEDC) to serve as the planning, monitoring, and coordinating agency for all development plans, programs, and projects of the Bangsamoro Government.

Pursuant to the provision of RA No. 11054, the Bangsamoro Parliament enacted Bangsamoro Autonomy Act (BAA) No. 6 establishing the BEDC.

Section 5 of the BAA No. 6 stipulates that the BEDC shall select the five (5) Private Sector Representatives (PSRs) subject to the guidelines and qualification criteria developed by the Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA) – BARMM and approved by the Council.

To ensure wider participation in the in the accreditation of Private Sector Organizations (PSOs) and the selection of PSRs to the BEDC, the BDPA – BARMM as the technical secretariat of the council announces that the accreditation of Private Sector Organizations (PSOs) for the selection of PSRs for CY 2020-2022 is now open.

Definition of Terms

A. Private Sector Organizations (PSOs) refer to an organizations created or formed by the private persons for the purpose of socio-economic development, rendering services or providing assistance in pursuit of public interests. These include, among others, business organizations, civil society organizations (CSOs) non-government organizations (NGOs), People’s Organizations (POs), Industry Associations, Religious Organizations, Culture Associations, Professional Associations, Civic Clubs, and Cooperatives.

B. Private Sector Representatives (PSRs) refer to qualified natural born Filipino citizens selected under these guidelines to represent the private sector to the BARMM-BEDC.

C. Sectoral representation refers to the sector being represented by the PSR such as but not limited to agriculture, labor, urban poor, persons with special needs, religious, indigenous peoples, culture, youth, and women sectors.

 Criteria for the Pre-qualification of PSOs: 

a. The PSO must adhere to the Philippine Constitution;

b. PSO must have conducted socio-economic activities for at least three years either province-wide (in any province in BARMM) or region-wide;

c. The PSO must not have been blacklisted by any government agency or instrumentality;

d. The socio-economic development activities of the PSO must have been implemented in close coordination with local government units or other private sector organizations;

e. The PSO must have established an office in the BARMM; and

f. Must have established a broad network of partnership with the government and private sectors.

Qualifications of a PSR Nominees:

1. Citizenship. Must be a natural born Filipino of legal age not otherwise disqualified by law.

2. Occupation. Must not hold any government position, whether appointive or elective, and must not receive any remuneration from the government while serving as PSR to the BEDC.

3. Track Record. Must have proven track record in socio-economic development in the region/in their respective areas, and must be willing and able to participate in all BEDC activities.

4. Formal Nomination. The nominee must have been formally nominated by a qualified PSO duly accredited by the BEDC. The Nomination Form may be obtained from the Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA).

Advantages of PSO Accredited by the BEDC

1. Accredited PSOs are eligible for nomination or CSO representative member of the BEDC;

2. Could serve as a basis for membership in the inter-agency committees, Task Forces, local development councils, and local special bodies like local Councils as provided for by laws;

3. Provided an opportunity to be a national, regional and local partners in pursuit of regional development;

4. Could be  a recipient of both technical and financial assistance provided by government and the foreign entities;

5. Could be a potential conduit of funding assistance for programs and projects implementation;

6. Could be a member of the Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (RPMEC) or a third party monitor of projects in the region; and

7. Certificate of Accreditation shall be issued to the PSO.