Minister Iqbal pays courtesy visit to WestMinCom and Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) LtGen. Galido

ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal met with Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) and Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) LtGen. Roy M. Galido on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 in this City to prepare the Education Minister's visit to the province of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi to deliver the projects offered by MBHTE. 
Some of what were discussed in the meeting were the strengthening of the relationship between MBHTE and WestMinCom especially in improving access to education in the islands of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi (BASULTA) in the Bangsamoro region. In the coming days, MBHTE will deliver equipment related to education, groundbreaking ceremonies for the construction of school building projects and facilities, renewal and contract signing of Islamic Studies and Arabic Language (ISAL) teachers, graduation and distribution of tool kits for Technical Education and Skills Development (TESD) scholars, and others. 

In Iqbal's visit to Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, he will be accompanied by his four Director General of Basic Education Abdullah Salik, Directorate General of Basic Education Marjuni Maddi, Technical Education Ruby Andong, Madaris Education Tahir Nalg, other MBHTE officials and the MILF-CCCH. 

According to Iqbal, the courtesy visit was "an excellent opportunity that strengthened the partnership and collaboration between the AFP and the Navy in ensuring the well-being of not only the students but also the entire community in BASULTA.”
 Meanwhile, Commander Galido assured that the WestMinCom will give all-out support to any programs and projects undertaken by the MBHTE for the welfare of the Bangsamoro.