MBHTE reveals the achievements of the Ministry in the Relaunching of ‘Mga Panduwan nu MBHTE’ teleradyo program

COTABATO CITY - Atty. Haron Meling, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) attended the re-launching program of ‘Mga Panduwan nu MBHTE’ Teleradyo Program, and presented the achievements of the ministry held at the studio of the Bangsamoro Multimedia Network or BMN, on Wednesday May 25, 2022.
Also present are the Civil Society Specialist of The Asia Foundation (TAF) Addie Unsi and his colleague Crisanto Cayon, the Chief of Party of TAF via Zoom; Secretary General of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) Yusoph Lumambas; Dr Mohammad Taha Pendaliday of the Bangsamoro Communication Network (BCN) and the Executive Director of the Bangsamoro Multimedia Network (BMN) Faydiyah Samanodi Akmad.

The said program discussed the content of the MBHTE teleradyo program Season 2, Episode 1 heard over DXJC 92.1 Voice Fm Cotabato and live streamed at MBHTE, cross posted at BMN and Voice FM Facebook pages in which is the timely program of the MBHTE of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and what the MBHTEs plan and other activity.
In the BMN interview with Atty. Meling, MBHTE he said has four subsectors. These are the Basic Education, Higher Education, Technical Education Skills and Development and the Madaris Education which made the BARMM Government unique among the seventeen (17) regions of the country because of its Madaris Education as a result of the Bangsamoro struggle.

“The four components or subsectors of MBHTE are Basic Education, that is what DepEd represents, Higher Education at the national level is what represents the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Technical Education is also similar to the national level of TESDA or Technical Education and Skills Development Authority," Meling said.

Meling added that the uniqueness of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao among the seventeen regions in the country is that it has Madaris Education or Islamic Education because it is what gives identity to Muslims and if there is no Islamic and Arabic education, the BARMM region will not be different from the seventeen regions in the Philippines.

He further said the education code has been finalized and is already contained in Bangsamoro Parliament Bill No.18, what they are currently doing now is the Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of the Bangsamoro Education Code, it has 90% to 95% already formed, he said. 

Meling also said that experts such as the Department of Education, Atty. Bong Montesa and the foreign consultants which provided their respective vital inputs to formulate the Bangsamoro Education Code and its IRR had contributed much on the formulation of education code.

In a message from Abdullah “Junn” Salik, Jr., Directorate General of Basic Education, he thanked the patrons of the Ministry's program Mga Panduwan nu MBHTE 2 and the partners of the teleradyo program.

He added that the Mga Panduwan nu MBHTE 2 program is for everyone.

In BMN's interview with Unsi of The Asia Foundation, he said that the FORWARD Bangsamoro project or so -called Democratic Governance Assistance Project supported by USAID and implemented by TAF is part of the continuation of their office's partnership with the Bangsamoro as a whole in continuing the peace process.

It also has the capacity of a governance program. He said the program also aims to strengthen local governance in the Bangsamoro through capacity building to make the units of various agencies more effective and efficient. Through the capacity of the programs and its development of systems and where this will happen with the cooperation of various ministries and also with the guidance of the BARMM Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim.

Unsi added that it is important to increase communication through the Panduwan nu MBHTE teleradyo program aims to expand the dissemination of information on the activities of MBHTE.

In a message from Yusoph Lumambas from the Bangsamoro youth, he said that since UNYPAD registered with the S.E.C in 2004 it has focused on peacebuilding and education programs. UNYPAD was also organized to provide the youth with training to equip and enhance their capability. 

UNYPAD is grateful to MBHTE under the leadership of Minister Mohagher Iqbal for the trust given to UNYPAD. Lumambas also thanked BARMM Chief Minister Ebrahim.

He added that the purpose of this TAF-supported program is to convey what is happening at MBHTE with good programs in all areas of the Bangsamoro, students, and parents of children who are studying. 

“On behalf of UNYPAD, which is a civil society organization, non-government organizations will continue to support MBHTE,” Lumambas said.

Lumambas pointed out that UNYPAD is non-partisan and whose goal is real unity, real peace, and having genuine development of the Bangsamoro, Christians, IP’s and Chinese or other races living within the Bangsamoro.

The Executive Director of the Bangsamoro Multimedia Network, Faydiyah Akmad, in her message during the program shared that BMN is a group of young professionals who formed and combined skills, and knowledge about multimedia work, and it was formed after the Bangsamoro Assembly called by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in 2017 which was attended by about 1 million participants from different parts of the country to support the Bangsamoro peace process.

“January 1, 2018 the group realized to form and name the groups that were part of the working force of the Bangsamoro assembly to focus on communication, and that is where the name Bangsamoro Multimedia Network or BMN was formed and in 2021 it was formally registered with the S.E.C.,” said Akmad.

Akmad said that BMN is with the communication media team that will focus on capturing the events on the interpellation of Bangsamoro Organic Law in the Senate of the Philippines and House of Congress until the result of the Bicameral Conference comes out and is announced via live streamed by BMN, the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law or RA 11054.

She also said that the role of BMN Inc. is clear in the Mga Panduwan nu MBHTE program, "at the very beginning of this program it was seen its support in the technical working force, news writing, technical operation in live streaming."

Akmad also asks the education stakeholders to listen to the Mga Panduwan nu MBHTE program because it will highlight knowledge about the Ministry's programs and services.

In the last part of the program, Pendaliday said that BCN also played a big role in the first wave of Mga Panduwan nu MBHTE, the pandemic caused by Covid-19 affected everyone including the education sector, because of this including BCN, they used two-way radio or VHF as communication in the delivery of Adaptive Learning Materials (ALM) or modules for students.

Apart from 92.1 Voice Fm Cotabato where Mga Panduwan nu MBHTE airs Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 AM-10:30AM will also be heard on BCN frequency channels 146.260 and 146.080. The program with the tagline “Stay Safe, Stay Learning” is hosted by its two hosts Tu Alid Alfonso and Kaka Alih S. Anso who are all veterans Bangsamoro Multimedia Journalists.