MBHTE-BARMM to provide ‘humanitarian assistance’ for laid off provisional teachers

Cotabato City (July 09, 2020)—The Bangsamoro Government’s Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE-BARMM) announced on Thursday, its humanitarian assistance for the provisional teachers and temporary employees affected by the cease and desist order issued by the ministry.
Under Memorandum Order No. 154 released by MBHTE last March 11, ‘Provisional Appointment as defined in the 2017 Omnibus Rules on Appointments (ORA) and Other Human Resource Actions (OHRA) (Revised July 2018) shall not be effective beyond the school year during which it was issued.’

MBHTE Minister Mohagher Iqbal said the BARMM will allot a sum of Php190,980,000.00 for the laid-off teachers and incoming applicants as contractual services.

“These provisional teachers will be re-employed [if they wanted to] with a salary of Php15,000.00 per month and some additional Php5,000.00 annual funds for administrative assessment activity,” Iqbal said.

Part of the allotted budget include appropriation of P10-Million for free-LET review for the provisional teachers; request the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to conduct special examination for teachers; and, as approved by the Office of the Chief Minister (OCM), will hire them for one (1) year as contractual of services.

Iqbal said that the kick-off for employment for contracts for service will start on August 24, as the new school year begins.
“Hopefully, in one year, all of them will be able to pass the LET exam and the ministry ensures the automatic change of their status from provisional to permanent effective immediately after passing the licensure exam,” he said.

Earlier, a group of provisional public school teachers and employees held a ‘peaceful rally’ in front of BGC, appealing to Minister Iqbal to recall Memorandum Order No. 154 Cease and Desist Order.

Minister Iqbal said that the ministry will provide humanitarian consideration for the affected teachers and employees, since there is no more legal recourse to grant them the status of permanent appointment.

These provisional teachers and employees under temporary status had their term expired and are requested to ‘cease and desist’ from rendering their service effective last May 31, 2020.

However, the MBHTE have provided the provisional teachers with their salary last May 31, as well as ERAA allowance amount Php10,000.00 and a mid-year bonus of more than Php20,000.00.

Iqbal said that MBHTE welcomes the rally of the provisional teachers as they were just exercising their constitutional rights. He further said that the ministry is open to dialogue with its employees regarding their issues and concerns.

Meanwhile, MBHTE will be pushing its Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) methods for the ‘new normal’ setup of education today, such as distance learning, home-based learning, module learning, and blended approach, depending on the available resources in the area.