MBHTE Finalizes Bangsamoro Education Code’s Implementing Rules and Regulations

  • Featured image above is Bangsamoro Education Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal (foreground) and his team of legal minds as they discuss and finalize the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Bangsamoro Education Code Law.


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COTABATO CITY — The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) gets nearer in implementing its Bangsamoro Education Code ((BEC).

Comprising the BARMM are the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, and the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi, as well as the Special Geographic Area (SGA) made up of 63 barangays or villages in North Cotabato that opted to be under BARMM jurisdiction. North Cotabato itself is not part of the region.

As a new political entity (NPE), the BARMM was established through the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) which implements the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB)

This is implementation will be under and through the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) under the leadership of Education Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal.

On June 30, 2022 a team of MBHTE officials led by Iqbal and complemented with ministry’s battery of legal counsels, such as Atty. Sittie Mariam Balahim, Atty. Hamida Mantikayan, Atty. Ysnaira Ibrahim, Atty. Mojahid Guro, and Atty. Neil Villagonzalo, convened the whole day of June 30, 2022 to finalize the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Act No. 18, or the Bangsamoro Education Code (BEC).

The conveners had a whole of finalization and discussion as they reviewed the output of the IRR Technical Working Group (TWG).

MBHTE head Education Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal (background) and his legal team in their whole day meeting on June 30, 2022. (Credit: MBHTE)
It can be recalled that after an eight-hour deliberation during a special session held last May 18, 2021, the Education Code was unanimously passed into law by 80 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA)
Among the the Education Code’s functions include providing an educational framework that is relevant and responsive to the needs, ideals, and aspirations of the Bangsamoro people which shall conform to the minimum standards set by the National Government.
The Act shall apply to and govern formal, non-formal, public and private, vocational, technical, special education, and Madaris or Islamic educational systems in all levels, both public and private learning institutions for basic, higher, and technical education. (/)

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