Bangsamoro Ministry Delivers IT Equipment, Supplies to BARMM Schools

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

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COTABATO CITY — Stepping up its mandate on reform in education in the Bangsamoro region, the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) has been delivering IT (information technology) and various school supplies to the region’s many schools.

Announcements from the MBHTE headed by Education Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal showed the ministry has already completed delivery since March 01 to 152 schools. Obviously, it’s not an easy task to do, considering that the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has three island provinces, each of them, such as Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi is also dotted with island municipalities.

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 (now split as Maguindanao del Sur and Maguindanao del Norte), Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi, as well as the 63 barangays or villages dubbed Special Geographic Area (SGA) that voted “yes” in a plebiscite in February 2019 to be under the BARMM jurisdiction.

Per 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.

Responsible for the delivery of the IT equipment and supplies is the MBHTE’s Property and Supply Section (PASS). The latest delivery is in the Schools Division Offices (SDOs) of Lanao del Sur II.

Each of the 152 school beneficiaries that already received theirs was provided with the following:

  • 1. 1 unit of all-in-one computer desktop
  • 2. 1 unit of 3-in-1 printer
  • 3. 1 piece of wall clock
  • 4. tumbler bottles
  • 5. 2 pieces wall fans

Here some photographs from the delivery sorties of the MBHTE-PASS:

Iqbal, also a Member of Parliament of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) which runs the Bangsamoro government from 2019 to 2025, told students the Bangsamoro government aspires for graduates who are not only competent but also armed with high-morale upbringing.

“What you have here now is the bounty of peace, which is the mission of the 50-year-old Bangsamoro struggle,” he added. (EDD K. USMAN via report from MBHTE)

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