IQ’s MBHTE Holds 1st Salah Jubair Essay Writing Contest; Php450K Await Winners

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By EDD K. USMAN | Twitter: @edd1819 | Instagram: @bluestar0910 | Facebook: SDN — SciTech and Digital News

Education Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal at his MBHTE Office. (Photo: SDN — SciTech and Digital News)

COTABATO CITY — Do you feel inspired?

Then get that paper and ink and put your ideas to work. Of which now a days, it’s using a personal computer, a laptop, a tablet, or even a smartphone to flesh out one’s ideas tucked in the core of the brain.

But whatever you want to use, here’s something you can do and, at the same time, earn doing what you love doing. With a little bit luck!

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will soon celebrate its birth date, the Bangsamoro Foundation Day, a week-long celebration this month.

There will be many aspects of the observance, now on its third year, including from the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE), one of the Bangsamoro government’s primary ministries.

Headed by Member of Parliament (MP) and Education Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal (IQ), the MBHTE will conduct a competition dubbed the 𝟏𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐡 𝐉𝐮𝐛𝐚𝐢𝐫 𝐄𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐲 𝐖𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 for students in Junior High, Senior High, Tertiary Levels. MBHTE’s compeition is open to all students in the Bangsamoro region.

It means that qualified students in the BARMM component provinces and cities and Special Geographic Area (SGA) may join.

The Bangsamoro region, established in 2018 by the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to implement the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), is made up of the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi, as well as the 63 SGA villages that voted “yes” in a plebiscite in January and February 2019 to be under the BARMM jurisdiction.

Based on the Philippine Atlas has 4,404,288 people. It has 116 municipalities: Basilan, 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

The competition, according to the ministry’s announcement, will be “a platform to share (the students’) personal stories and examine the impact of the Bangsamoro transition period on the lives of young people and how it shapes their vision and plan for the future.”

For the uninitiate, “Salah Jubair” is the pen name of Iqbal, of which he had written books under it, including “Bangsamoro: A Nation Under Endless Tyranny,” and “The Long Road to Peace: Inside the GRP-MILF Peace Process.

The MBHTE cited the essay writing competition’s mechanics, such as:

  • 1. The Salah Jubair Essay Writing Contest is open to all students in BARMM.
  • 2. All participants will be categorized according to their level (Junior High, Senior High, and Tertiary).
  • 3. The entry must be written in English with a minimum of 600 words. Download the template by visiting the link below.
  • 4. The deadline of submission will be on January 19, 2023, 11:59 p.m..
  • 5. The awarding of winners will be on January 24, 2023.
Main Building of the Bangsamoro Government Center (BGC), Cotabato City. (Credit: SDN — SciTech and Digital News)

Criteria for judging are:

  • Relevance to the Theme: 45%
  • Originality : 25%
  • Structure : 15%
  • Style : 15%
  • Total : 100%
Participants should use Times New Roman as the Font face; Font size, 12; and Line spacing, 1.5. Entries should be sent to:
For the essay’s template, here’s the link:
The education ministry warns that those who fail to comply with the requirements “will be automatically disqualified”.

Awaiting the winners of the 1st Salah Jubair Essay Writing Contest are the prizes below:

High School Category:

  • Grand Prize: (Cash – Php75,000)
  • Second Prize: (Cash- Php50,000)
  • Third Prize: (Cash – Php25,000)

Senior High School Category:

  • Grand Prize: (Cash – Php75,000)
  • Second Prize: (Cash – Php50,000)
  • Third Prize: (Cash – Php25,000)

Tertiary Category:

  • Grand Prize: (Cash – Php75,000)
  • Second Prize: (Cash – Php50,000)
  • Third Prize: (Cash – Php25,000)

What are you waiting for? Go on and pound that keyboards and smile all the way to the bank. (✓)

(Source: MBHTE)

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