In photo- MBHTE Minister Mohagaher Iqbal delivering his message during the ministry’s team building in Davao City-December 13-15, 2019

MBHTE Minister Iqbal: “We are here for a very lofty mission in life how to render public service to our people”

DAVAO CITY – In a recently concluded 3-day Team Building of employees of Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) at the Davao Waterfront Insular Hotel from December 13-15, MBHTE Minster Mohagher Iqbal reminded the participants on specific mission why he and his employees are working in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)

“We are here not just for employment, we are here for a very lofty mission in life how to render public service to our people, and for all of those who believe in God, whether Muslims and Christians,” Iqbal stressed. 

Team building, he said is the result of teamwork of the organization. “Iisa lang ang layunin natin ang tagumpay ng Bangsamoro dito sa Mindanao at yan ay national interest din ng Pilipinas,” he said in Filipino.

 Iqbal explained that the Bangsamoro people and the government has one common objective and interest that is how the Bangsamoro become successful here in Mindanao. 

In Photo-One of the games contested by various teams 

He said that to strengthen the BARMM, and to attain genuine peace, development and justice is in the interest of the Bangsamoro, and as well as in the interest of the Republic of the Philippines.

However, he emphasized that although the Bangsamoro people was given the right to govern themselves, it is not separate to the Philippine Republic. 

“While na binigyan tayo ng autonomy at nakuha narin natin ang unang agreement natin sa MILF at Gobyerno ng Pilipinas at ito ay batas narin, na ang gobyerno ng Pilipinas ay kinilala ang Bangsamoro identity, ganun pa man ay hindi tayo hiwalay sa Pilipinas kasama tayo,” Iqbal pointed out.

He said that the Bangsamoro people has observed that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has good intention and the sincerity to resolve the problem in Mindanao.

Iqbal said that mostly in his statements to the public he repeatedly said that the MILF leaders who are now in BARMM are not their choice but by consequence. 

“Napakatagal po ng struggle natin 50 years na po, the negotiation is 17 long years of engagement hanggang nandito na tayo sa BARMM, ibig sabihin ang nakamit natin ngayon ay talagang pinaghirapan natin,” Iqbal underscored. 

Iqbal stressed that both the MILF and the Philippine Government have common observation that peaceful settlement to the long decades of conflict in the Bangsamoro region is paramount. 

The various games contested by five teams were facilitated by Jovan Menardo Badlon, and  Bobby  James Badlon of Davao City.