Bangsamoro Gov’t Holds Contest for Schools on Covid-19 Vaccination Achievement


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MBHTE Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal. (Photo: SDN — SciTech and Digital News)
         COTABATO CITY (SDN) — Since the onset of the global health crisis with the breakout in December 2019 of the coronavirus disease (Covid-1), governments and private organizations, as well as educational institutions have been striving hard to get people vaccinated.
         In the Philippines, some local government units (LGUs) have devised ways to get residents go for the jabs as various vaccines became available, like giving goodies to those who are willing to be jabbed.
         Across the country some of the 17 regions are experiencing difficulties in getting more people inoculated, either because of resistance, or communities are hard to reach.
         For example, in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), which has island provinces and municipalities that require crossing rough seas to get to them, many LGUs are facing challenges in their vaccination drive.
         Since the coronavirus outbreak, the Philippines now has over four million confirmed infections, more than 64,000 fatalities, with 3.9 million plus recovered per
         To get more Bangsamoro vaccinated, the Bangsamoro government’s Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) has come up with a competition on which school can register a 100 percent vaccination rate for teaching, non-teaching personnel, and their students.

         Covid-19 Vaccination Contest has various categories

         To implement this novel effort, MBHTE Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal has issued Regional Memorandum No. 1238, Series of 2022, titled “School Covid-19 Vaccination Contest” addressed to MBHTE Director for Basic Education Abdullah P. Salik, Jr., and to all school division superintendents, nurses-in-charge, and division vaccination focal persons.
         Iqbal emphasized in his memo that because of the “ministry’s pursuit to ensure a safe learning and working environment for learners and school personnel in BARMM, the (MBHTE) will initiate a School Covid-19 Vaccination Contest with a theme ‘Hali na at Magpabakuna, Para sa Ligtas na Eskwela (Come, and Get Vaccinate for a Safe School)'”.
          He said in his memo dated October 26th the competition recognizes schools’ efforts in going the extra mile to get all stakeholders vaccinated 100 percent as well as “to encourage other schools to increase their vaccination coverage as well.”
          The MBHTE’s vaccination competition has two parts, such as the contest proper dubbed “Get Vaxxed to Win” where winners will be awarded based on the extent of its jab coverage, and Feature Story Contest called “Kwentong Bakuna ng Eskwela (Story of School Vaccination)” which will go to schools, groups, or individuals who did the extra mile to achieve the target of 100 percent jab rate and mentioned in a feature story, either in a written story, photo, or video contest.
        The vaccination contest has 18 categories for both city and non-city entries, and eight categories for the story, photo, and video contest.
        Documents required for the competition shall have been already submitted to the MBHTE Health and Nutrition Unit (HNU) through the email by November 18, 2022. (✓)
Feature image is the Main Building of the Bangsamoro Government Center (BGC) in Cotabato City via SDN — SciTech and Digital News.

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