MANILA – The Commission on Higher and Education (CHED) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) have vowed to support the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) in strengthening the delivery of its higher education services.
In a memorandum of understanding signed here by CHED, OPAPP, and BARMM’s Ministry of Basic Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) on 30 October 2019, the two national line agencies pledged to build the capacity of BARMM in monitoring compliance of its Higher Education Institutions (HEI) with the national standards.
CHED and OPAPP will also work with the Department of Social Welfare and Development to include underprivileged BARMM students and children of decommissioned Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) combatants in the Listahan 3.0 or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR).
NHTSPR is an information management system that employs geographic targeting, household assessment, and validation to provide national government agencies and development partners with information on who and where the poor are in the Philippines.
MBHTE Minister Mohagher Iqbal said the partnership will also look into providing scholarships to Bangsamoro youth.
“We will offer scholarship and capacity development programs to decommissioned MILF combatants and their dependents,” said Iqbal.
Iqbal added the partnership will also look into the professional development of BARMM HEI faculty and staff members.
“CHED and OPAPP will also assist us in crafting the Bangsamoro Education Code and creating our tribal university,” said Iqbal, adding the partnership will enable the ministry to achieve its goals for higher education in the BARMM.
Iqbal said the role of higher education is critical as it provides the necessary human resources for BARMM’s socio-economic development.
“With a responsive and relevant curriculum, we aim to produce at least one professional in every family in the Bangsamoro,” said Iqbal.
He said if the Bangsamoro youth are equipped and educated, they will become agents of peace.
“Indeed, through education, the Bangsamoro shall be a place where peace and justice are experienced, cultural diversity is accepted, and sustained economic growth is within reach,” said Iqbal. ( MBHTE PRESS RELEASE) #
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