About FASTRAC

The Facility for Advisory Support for Transition Capacities (FASTRAC) provides support for an inclusive Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace process and the establishment of the Bangsamoro in Southern Philippines. FASTRAC is a joint United Nations and World Bank facility, with funding support from bilateral partners. Current funding support includes the Governments of Australia and New Zealand.

FASTRAC provides on-demand access to a pool of experts, training, capacity building, policy advice, research and international exchanges in response to requests from the Transition Commission, the GPH and MILF panels, other transitional institutions and civil society groups. This technical support is for key issues relevant to the drafting of the Basic Law and the processes leading to the formation of the Bangsamoro. It helps address key issues for the Bangsamoro transition such as governance, public administration, justice, combatant transition and security. Priority areas of support are determined by the MILF, GPH and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission.

In addition to technical advice, FASTRAC is supporting community outreach, communication strategies and public consultations to ensure that the new Basic Law reflects the views of communities across the Bangsamoro. FASTRAC provides support to local actors and civil society to articulate expectations and priorities for the role of institutions in the transition to Bangsamoro.

A Consultative Committee, which includes representatives of both parties to the Framework Agreement, provides strategic guidance to FASTRAC, agrees through consensus on priorities for support (reflected in quarterly work plans) and oversees the work of FASTRAC.

FASTRAC coordinates closely with the International Contact Group (ICG) and the International Monitoring Team (IMT) in providing technical assistance for the implementation of the Framework Agreement.

Development partner participation in the FASTRAC is welcomed, either through the provision of expertise, or direct financing of the FASTRAC secretariat itself. This collaboration will help to better integrate and manage international technical support to the peace process, create a critical mass of expert input, and reduce transaction costs.

The FASTRAC Secretariat is based in Cotabato City. The Facility is expected to run until 2016.

Our Work

Support to the Bangsamoro Transition Commission

Local and international expertise and some logistical support were made available for the Committees on Fiscal Autonomy, Political Autonomy, Security and Justice, and Basic Rights, complementing assistance provided by members of the International Contact Group (ICG), JICA, Oxfam, the Institute for Autonomy and Governance, and other partners.

Outreach, Consultations and Communication

The Facility supports Mindanao Civil Society Organizations Platform for Peace (MCSOPP), a broad-based CSO consortium convened for the purpose of public consultations and advocacy in partnership with the BTC. FASTRAC programming for activities in the mainland provinces is done in coordination with JICA, which supports the consortium’s activities in the island provinces and with indigenous peoples’ groups.

The BTC has partnered with the Institute of Bangsamoro Studies (IBS) to generate timely policy options on technical issues relevant to the formulation of the BBL and the transition. To date, seven (7) policy roundtables have been conducted on the Special Development Fund, the Bangsamoro Block Grant, issues related to the 1996 GPH-MNLF Final Peace Agreement and RA 9054, powers and jurisdictions for transport and communications, GOCCs, the operation of eco-zones and freeports in the Bangsamoro, as well as on shari’ah compliant Islamic finance.

Assistance to Transitional Institutions

FASTRAC is mandated to provide support to the formal transitional bodies created under the GPH-MILF Peace Process.

In 2013 and 2014, the Facility has supported the operations of the Independent Commission on Policing (ICP). Composed of local and international experts, the ICP submitted their recommendations on the appropriate policing system for the Bangsamoro to the Panels on April 14, 2014.

FASTRAC has also providing support to the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC), the Joint Normalization Committee (JNC), and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC). FASTRAC may also provide support to the Coordination Team for Transition to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, and the various Task Forces created to aid the transition process. The Facility will continue to provide similar assistance to other transitional bodies upon request of the GPH and MILF.

Helping establish the Bangsamoro Government

The Facility is preparing to provide technical assistance on the preparations for the Bangsamoro Government when requested by the Parties. This may include assessments, analysis or designs of systems and structures required (e.g. electoral systems, administrative structure, budget, finances, human resource, legislative requirements, among other transition needs).

Reports & Publications

DRAFT BANGSAMORO BASIC LAW

“AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE BASIC LAW FOR THE BANGSAMORO AND ABOLISHING THE AUTONOMOUS REGION IN MUSLIM MINDANAO, REPEALING FOR THE PURPOSE REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9054, ENTITLED “AN ACT TO STRENGTHEN AND EXPAND THE ORGANIC ACT FOR THE AUTONOMOUS REGION IN MUSLIM MINDANAO,” AND REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6734, ENTITLED “AN ACT PROVIDING FOR AN ORGANIC ACT FOR THE AUTONOMOUS REGION IN MUSLIM MINDANAO,” AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES”

Links & Partners

Mindanao Civil Society Organizations Platform for Peace

Contact Us

FASTRAC Office
36 Pastor Kimpo Ar. St, Kimpo Subdivision, Cotabato City

info@fastrac.ph

+63(064)5521517