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SHARIFF KABUNSUAN CULLTURAL COMPLEX (SKCC), Cotabato City, November 17, 2022 (SDN) — A total of 380 teaching and non-teaching personnel of the Bangsamoro education ministry took their oath here today, Thursday.
The newly appointed personnel of the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) headed by Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal signed their appointments en-masse on the spot at the venue, as they filled up all the seats.
After which, Iqbal administered their oathtaking en-masse.
Sessions of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Parliament are being held here at the SKCC. But not today, to give way to the mass signing of appointments and oathtaking.
The new appointees, according to the MBHTE included 132 Elementary and 101 Secondary Teachers from Maguindanao II, 76 and 41 Principals from Lanao del Sur I and II, respectively, 21 Secondary Teachers from Special Geographic Areas, and nine Nurses from Sulu.
Iqbal has emphasized time and again whether one is an employee or official of the education ministry, the priority is still the well-being of the children and safeguarding the future of the nation through quality, inclusive and relevant education.
”I do not doubt that teachers and non-teaching personnel that took their oaths earlier will exemplify ethical values and just principles in managing government affairs and delivering relevant services,” the Bangsamoro education chief pointed out.
an employee or official of the MBHTE should prioritize the children’s well-being and safeguard the nation’s future through quality, inclusive, and relevant education.
MBHTE Deputy Minister Haron Meling described the day as “very historic” for the new employees of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
They will join over 30,000 teaching and non-teaching personnel of the MBHTE, the Bangsamoro government’s biggest ministry. BARMM has 15 primary ministries.
“Today is one of (the) happiest moments in your life, special journey, a journey (in molding the minds) of millions of Bangsamoro learners,” said Meling, also a lawyer. He said the MBHTE has 11 school divisions in higher and technical education.
The new appointees were profuse in expressing their thanks and gratitude to the MBHTE and its leadership.
Principal I Salik M. Pusaka from Lanao del Sur, echoing his fellow appointees, accepted the challenges involve in their positions “to continue doing best efforts to uplift and produce Bangsamoro learners who are globally competitive and to bring the name of our region to the rest of the world.”
Comprising the Bangsamoro region are the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao del Norte, Maguindanao del Sur, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi, and 63 barangays or villages in North Cotabato but under the jurisdiction of the Bangsamoro government.
The Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) created the BARMM as a new political entity (NPE) to implement the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), which the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed after a protracted peace process. Peace negotiations between the two parties started in 1997 and concluded after 17 years.
Meling exhorted the newly appointed BARMM workers to do their best at all times, emphasizing that it is the “fulfillment of your dreams to become teachers.”
MBHTE Executive Assistant V Mobarak P. Pandi, who hosted the event, said, “You are the molders (of the minds) of our children.”
He urged the new appointees to be very careful in signing and filling up their appointment documents. “It is one of the most important documents in your life until your retirement. You are deserving to sign your appointments.” (✓)
This story was updated with new details as well as on the number of the new appointees, from 377 to 380 personnel.