Bangsamoro MBHTE Kicks Off ‘Brigada Eskwela’ 2022

Featured image above shows Bangsamoro Education Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal (2nd, left) as he bangs the gong to kick off this year’s Brigada Eskwela program. With him are some of the ministry’s top officials. (Credit for images: MBHTE)


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COTABATO CITY — The Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) kicked off Tuesday, August 2, this year’s “Brigada Eskwela” and “Oplan Balik Eskwela” with the theme “Brigada Eskwela: Tugon sa Hamon ng Ligtas na Balik-Aral”.

(Translations: School Brigade; Operation Back to School; School Brigade: Response to Challenge of Safe Return to School.)

MBHTE Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal led the banging of a gong to symbolize the beginning of a week-long repair, maintenance work, and clean-up of elementary and secondary schools in the 11 schools divisions of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The kick-off ceremony, which was held in Davao City and streamed via the ministry’s Facebook page, aimed to prepare for the reopening of schools and face-to-face (F2F) learning modality as the BARMM gears towards a safe return to school for the School Year 2022-2023.

Moreover, the ministry shall concentrate on a publicity drive, planning, and partnership strengthening, especially in the implementation of the Learning Recovery Program (LRP) through the 5Bs — Bawat Batang Bangsamoro Bumabasa at Bumibilang (Every Bangsamoro Child Reads and Counts) — which serves as the fundamental roadmap to address learning loss and gaps in this region to ensure that “No Bangsamoro Learner is Left Behind”.

Created in 2018 by the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to implement the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the Bangsamoro region is made up of 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 during two plebiscites in January and February 2019.

The BARMM per Philippine Atlas has five provinces, three cities, 116 municipalities, and the SGA villages. Its population as of 2020 is pegged at 4,404,288. Basilan has 11 municipalities; Lanao del Sur, 39; Maguindanao, 36; Sulu, 19; and Tawi-Tawi, 11. Its component cities are Cotabato (the regional center and capital) in Maguindanao; Lamitan in Basilan; and Marawi in Lanao del Sur. — MBHTE (✓)

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