Galvez eyeing Japan to help BARMM Education improves its technology system

COTABATO CITY – During his courtesy visit yesterday, to the Office of the Minister of Basic, Higher, and technical Education ((MBHTE) Mohagher Iqbal, BARMM, Sec. Carlito Galvez, Jr of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP said that he will facilitate a talk with Japanese government to help the BARMM education improve its Information and Technology system.

Galvez said that they will fly to Japan soon and he will bring the voice of the ministry in a meeting with Japanese Government officials on what can they offer to develop a kind of system that could efficiently and effectively deliver the services of MBHTE.

Japan has expertise on technology that can be pooled to improve the information and technology system of the ministry of education.

Transparency and accountability are among of the major challenges in the ministry from vacancy, hiring and recruitment of staff, promotions, monitoring and tracking of human resources, non-human resources or infrastructures, finance, procurement, supply and logistics, correct and accurate data of students, teachers and school buildings, many other.    

Iqbal thanked Galvez for this very timely initiative in order to help rationalize the operation of his known super-ministry in the BARMM. “This can be the way to a systematic and objective human resource audit that lead toward smooth operations of the ministry,” Iqbal said.

During the exchanged of promising ideas, Iqbal told Galvez to also lobby with Japan for the construction of sports complex for the Bangsamoro people. 

In the recent Palarong Pambansa 2019 held in Davao City, it was observed that Bangsamoro athletes has improved their performance with direct care and supervision of MBHTE by garnering gold and silver medals for the first time. 

It will enhance further their level of competency if they have sports facilities and scholarships.

Galvez suggested that if some country will donate a sport complex, the office of the minister must be built-in in that building too. 

“It is best that if we have the building your office will be located in the sports complex,” Galvez added. 

Other talks transpired in the meeting was what could be the role of education that is contributory to peacebuilding, development of BARMM areas, academe social and economic enterprises? 

Professor Alih Sakaluran Aiyub, member of the MBHTE transition team, who was also present in the meeting told luwaran that the ministry will tap SCUs and private institutions on how academe can help on technical know-how and transfer of technology in the community having potential to agri-and agro-industrial business. 

Aiyub disclosed that it was suggested, that universities will help in coming-up with a feasibility studies/project proposals to be submitted to the parliament for further study. 

Former AFP Chief-of Staff Gen. Galvez and MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chair Iqbal are known to be acquainted with the Bangsamoro peace process. The OPAPP and MBHTE will continue to cooperate and to show support in the Bangsamoro transition period led by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.