Basilan gov backs BARMM’s AKAP project

November 17, 2019

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – Basilan Governor Hadjiman Salliman has committed to supporting the Abot Karunungan sa Pamilyang Bangsamoro (AKAP) project of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). AKAP is designed to provide Bangsamoro children and youth with greater access to quality education. A team from BARMM’s Ministry of Basic Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) paid Salliman a courtesy call here recently to introduce the AKAP project. “AKAP will bridge the BARMM Government – particularly the MBHTE – with local government units,” said Salliman. He said the MBHTE has his full support to push the AKAP project forward in his province. “I also share Minister Mohagher Iqbal’s vision for education in the Bangsamoro. There should be no child left behind in terms of providing them accessible and quality education,” he said. Basilan is home to two schools divisions of BARMM that are performing well in recent national achievement tests at the regional level. “I am pleased to see that Basilan is the frontrunner in terms of educational performance in the BARMM. However, I also recognized that there is still a lot to be done to ensure that our children are receiving an accessible and quality education,” he said. AKAP also aims to engage local communities in BARMM by providing them platforms, allowing them to converge as a community and address localized education issues and challenges. “It takes a village to raise a child. We need everyone – including communities – in addressing the perennial education issues and challenges of BARMM,” said Salliman. AKAP is also supported by the Australian Government through the Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao. (PR)

BARMM to ensure inclusive consultations on the Bangsamoro Education Code

November 16, 2019

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will reach out to all interested parties to ensure inclusive consultations on the Bangsamoro Education Code. Minister Mohagher Iqbal, BARMM education minister, said all sectors will have equitable representation during the consultations. “We will reach out to parents, community leaders, local government units, women and youth organizations, religious groups, Indigenous Peoples (IP), education managers, and representatives from the private sector,” said Iqbal. Iqbal said the education code consultations have reached out to at least 1,000 education stakeholders from across BARMM to date with the help of Australia through the Pathways Program and The Asia Foundation. The education code is a legal system that consolidates the rights and obligations of the people, the state, and interested parties in developing accessible quality education in the Bangsamoro. Iqbal said the code will govern both public and private educational institutions in the BARMM. “We will be developing an educational framework that is relevant and responsive to the needs, ideals, and aspirations of all people in the Bangsamoro. This means that we need everyone on board in crafting the code,” he said. Iqbal stressed that education in the Bangsamoro should be accessible to all children regardless of their religion, tribe, and culture. He said BARMM will employ appropriate teaching and learning methods based on existing context as well as customary traditions such as those practiced by the IP communities. Iqbal added BARMM will also integrate the teaching of Islamic and Arabic studies in the region’s educational system as prescribed by the Bangsamoro Organic Law. "Together with the national government and our development partners, we will be investing heavily in the education of our children so that no child will be left behind in the Bangsamoro," said Iqbal. # (PAS-RCU/MBHTE)    

Workers in BARMM to benefit from new wage hike

November 15, 2019

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Nov. 14 --Minimum wage earners in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will receive higher pay following the Bangsamoro Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board’s (BTWPB) approval of Wage Order No. BARMM-01 on November 13, 2019. Wage Order No. BARMM-01, which provides a new minimum wage increase for non-agriculture and agriculture sectors in the Bangsamoro region, was issued by the BTWPB-BARMM on Thursday, November 14. Section 1 of the Wage Order states that all minimum wage earners of the private sector in the BARMM shall receive a basic wage increase of twenty pesos (P20.00) per day for provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Marawi and Lamitan. Compared to their previous P280-P270/day wages, the new minimum wage for the workers in the abovementioned cities and provinces are now at P300/day and P290/day for non-agriculture and agriculture sector, respectively. Meanwhile, for Cotabato City and the 63 barangays in North Cotabato, those in the non-agriculture sector shall receive fourteen pesos (P14.00) wage increase per day, while the agriculture sector shall receive ten pesos (P10.00) wage increase per day. From the P290-P311 daily wages, the workers will now get a new minimum wage of P325/day and P300/day for the agriculture and non-agriculture sector, respectively. Section 2 of the Wage Order states that the order “applies to all minimum wage earners in the region, except family drivers, those employees in the personal service of another, and workers in registered Barangay Micro Business Enterprises with Certificates of Authority under R.A. 9178.” As stated in Section 10 of the order, the following may be exempted for applicability: Retail and service establishments regularly employing not more than 10 workers; Distressed establishments; New business enterprises; and Establishments adversely affected by calamities such as natural and human-induced disasters. Labor Minister Romeo Sema, BTWPB-BARMM chairperson, stressed that as per Section 13 of the Wage Order, “any person, corporation, trust or firm, partnership, association or entity which refuses or fails to comply to this Order, shall be subjected to the penal provisions under R.A. 6727, as amended by R.A. 8188.” Sema said the wage order is a product of various public consultations organized by the BTWPB-BARMM which was participated in by several representatives from the employers and workers sectors of the BARMM’s five provinces, including the cities of Marawi and Cotabato. The BTWPB-BARMM is composed of the following: Board Chairperson MP Romeo Sema, Minister of BARMM’s Ministry of Labor and Employment (MOLE); Vice-Chairperson Mohajirin Ali, Executive Director of Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA); Vice-Chairperson Abuamri Taddik, Minister of BARMM’s Ministry of Trade, Investments, and Tourism (MTIT); Workers’ Representatives Jonathan Acosta and Joyal Maquinto; and Employers’ Representatives Atty. Joseph Go and Datu Haroun Bandila. (Bureau of Public Information)

DPWH exec speaks at CES Leadership Conclave in Marawi 

November 9, 2019

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Nov. 7 -- Several public managers including leaders of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) attended the fourth series of Leadership Conclave of the Career Executive Service Board (CESB) held Wednesday, November 6, at the Clubhouse of Marawi Resort Hotel, Inc. located in Mindanao State University-Main Campus, here. An agency of the government that encourages leadership excellence and personal and professional development of its officials and employees, the DPWH was represented by Undersecretary for Support Services Ardeliza R. Medenilla and Stakeholders Relations Service Director Elizabeth P. Pilorin.   An iconic and awarded leader in the Career Executive Service (CES), Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain of the DPWH - Unified Project Management Office (DPWH-UPMO) Operations and Technical Services was invited by CESB Executive Director Atty. Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones to be the resource speaker on the topic “GREATful Leadership for Inclusive Development”, owing to his extraordinary sense of commitment and passion for public service and promoting change.    Undersecretary Sadain shared his challenges, inspirations, dreams, and lessons in building the road to participatory, equitable, inclusive and sustainable development particularly in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.    His passion and firm resolve to deliver excellent, accountable and life-changing results in an environment of adversity provided meaningful lessons to some 80 participants from various government units.    Through his story on various government infrastructure development initiatives and steps leading to organizational transformation, Undersecretary Sadain inspired fellow public leader-managers of the CES community to live up to the ideals in the CES, that is to bring to the entire bureaucracy change where it is needed, expertise where it is missing, and leadership where it is wanting.   In September 2017, no less President Rodrigo Roa Duterte handed Undersecretary Sadain with the Gawad Career Executive Service plaque with the Presidential Seal in a formal award presentation ceremony at the Malacanan Palace.   Undersecretary Sadain, who was on secondment at DPWH-Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as its Regional Secretary from January 2012 to June 2015, was recognized for his effective use of change management tools in improving the human resource capability, performance, and fiscal management of the DPWH-ARMM, resulting in significant agency savings of the organization.   Hailed as the Father of Reform Agenda in DPWH-ARMM, Undersecretary Sadain was also a recipient of a Plaque of Recognition as CES Outstanding CEO (Cost Effective Officer) for the 3rd Quarter of 2015 for his strategic leadership whose decisions/actions have resulted in the desired level of performance leading to the maximum utilization of resources and increased agency savings.  DPWH ARMM generated huge savings amounting to P450 million which was used for procurement of construction equipment and implementation of many high impact projects by way of improved policies, programs, and fiscal management that boosted morale within the organization and the development of infrastructures in the Region.   Leadership Conclave is a series of fora conducted nationwide showcasing exemplary, pioneering and influential leaders from the Career Executive Service and various fields of governance and development. The fourth forum was anchored on the theme “GREATful Leadership: Performance, Positivity, Possibilities.”  (DPWH)

Tornado hits Marawi City, destroys several structures including part of city hall

November 4, 2019

ILIGAN CITY -- A tornado hit Marawi City past 2:00 pm Monday (November 4) and destroyed several houses made up of light materials, including a portion of the roofing at the City Hall in Barangay Fort, which was occupied by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP). Jorome Maglahos, executive assistant of Marawi City Mayor's Office, said he was documenting the meeting presided by Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra with the department heads of the local government unit when they heard a rumbling sound outside. Before they went outside to see the sound, a strong wind smashed the building and blew some roofs away. "We heard roar of strong winds but there was no rain, just drizzles but it did not last long," Maglahos said. The meeting was interrupted but was resumed after 15 minutes. Inside the army headquarters, Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo, commander of 103rd Infantry Brigade, caught the water formation through his camera and brought it live through his facebook page. He was heard shouting "ang mga bata!" (the children) to direct the soldiers to secure the children running inside the camp to secure themselves. Cuerpo said several trees inside the camp were uprooted. Jamalodin Basman took a video footage at Amai Pakpak Medical Center where the roof of one of the houses nearby was also blown away. Maglahos said no injuries has been reported but Mayor Gandamra immediately directed the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office to assess the damages.

Liga Eskwela gives hope to Marawi kids

November 2, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO City — Marawi Physical Education for School Sports (PESS) supervisor Hedjarah Taratingan’s family was among the victims in the Marawi City siege in 2017. She lost her house in ground zero and most of their belongings were destroyed during the fighting between the government forces and the terrorists. Now her family has been relocated and slowly rebuilding their lives. She was a witness to the sufferings of the people of Marawi, specially the children. The five months of continuous fighting which started in May 2017 and ended in October the same year, was traumatic not only Taratingan’s family but also to the children of Marawi.  “Seeing so much violence in real life is devastating to children,’’ said Taratingan. And she added that one way to lessen the trauma to these children is to engage the children into sports.  So the Department of Education Marawi Division office led by Schools Division Superintendent OIC Pharida L. Sansarona and Hedjarah Taratingan’s did not waste time to help lessen the trauma to the children by asking the Thomas V. Moran Foundation to extend its Futsal Liga Eskwela program to their devastated city. As the PESS chief of the City, Taratingan is responsible for supervising the sports activities of the DepEd in Marawi. Definitely because of her job she loves sports and futsal and football have a special place in her heart. “Futsal is a good sport. It is a combination of many sport using the feet. Basketball because it is played in a basketball court and football because only the feet are used,’ she said. Now enter the Thomas V. Moran Foundation of former Philippine men’s national team member Danny Moran and Gawad Kalinga.  According to Danny Moran, who is the CEO of the Moran Foundation they introduced the Liga Eskwela Futsal program to 11 public schools in Metro Manila in 2015. By 2016 the Liga Eskwela expanded to 65 public schools and by 2017 the Department of Education took notice of the project and gave its blessing and encouraged all public schools in the NCR which resulted into a massive success as 300 public schools joined. He added that this year, DepEd invited them to present their Liga Eskwela Futsal Program to all other DepEd regional Sports heads in a conference held in Palawan.  Among those who wanted to join was Marawi through BARMM Minister of Education Director Taya.  “We readily accepted them in this next “National Level” of Liga Eskwela Futsal,’’ Moran added. Marawi City Physical Education for School Sports (PESS) supervisor Hedjarah Taratingan has been tasked by her superior, Department of Education Marawi Division Schools Superintendent OIC Pharida L. Sansaronato to kick off the Liga Eskwela in Marawi. Taratingan immediately with the help of Gawad Kalinga ’s Jun Degayo, opened the gates of Marawi for Liga Eskwela by organising the first Phase of the project which is the training the teachers last Oct. 18-19 at the Amai Pakpak Elementary School covered court. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) B licensed coach Percy Guarin led a bunch of coaches from Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City and Marawi to show the more than 50 teachers from different schools in of the city how to play Futsal for two days. Guarin, a former national team player, taught the teachers how to teach young players ball control, passing, kicking, laws of the game and most specially how to organise training using only one or two footballs. After the training, the teachers were given one Sunsports Futsal balls each courtesy of Toby’s Sports.  The second phase of the program is the start of the teachers to organise their respective teams in preparation for the Liga Eskwela while the third phase is the Liga Eskwela proper which set sometime in January next year. As an incentive, Kawad Kalinga’s BARMM community organiser Jun Degayo announced that champion teams might compete in the SM Futsal tournament in Cagayan de Oro set in April next year. Most teachers were excited and their tired eyes became round when they heard of their chance of coming to see SM City in Cagayan de Oro. So much work yet has to be done before the kick off of Liga Eskwela in January. Gawad Kalinga has been tasked to follow-up the teachers and the kids. Despite of the amount of work to be done, Liga Eskwela has indeed given hopes to the children of Marawi. (


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