AmAmong. Healthier Philippines. DOH USECs Myrna Cabotaje (2nd from left) and Mario Villaverde (3rd from left) with DOH - CAR OIC Regional Director Amelita Pangilinan (left) and Philhealth Regional VP Jerry Ibay (right), answers questions on the Universal Health Care Law and the Fourmula 1 Plus of the Health Department that aims to ensure better health outcomes, more responsive health system and equitable health care financing for all Filipinos. The open forum is part of the DOH - CAR led 2019 Am - Among for Health Plus,

Best DRRM implementer. Officials of the University of the Cordilleras receiving their Gawad Kalasag award - Best DRRM Higher Education Institution from the Cordillera Regional DRRM Council headed by chairperson Albert Mogol. UC will join five other regional winners for the 2019 National GK tilt. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Senior Citizen Booklet. DOH - CAR Regional Director Amelita Pangilinan and PhilHealth Regional VP Jerry Ibay led the launching of the Senior Citizen Booklet and the MOA signing with City Health Office and Senior Citizen Federation for its pilot testing in Baguio City. The booklet, launched at 2019 Am - Among for Health Plus, a regional health forum for Cordillera stakeholders held at Crown Legacy Hotel, Baguio City Dec. 5, aims to ensure that discounts and other related benefits for senior citizens are properly documented and recorded. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Gawad Kalasag. The educational institution finalists in the 2019 Cordillera Gawad Kalasag in a photo opportunity with members of the Cordillera Regional DRRM Council headed by chairperson and OCD RD Albert Mogol. Top regional GK school awardees are the University of the Cordilleras for HEI category, Manabo Abra National HS for public high school, Mt. Data Elementary School for Public ES and Epiphany Christian Academy of La Trinidad Benguet for Private ES. They will join the Mountain Province Provincial DRRM Council and La Trinidad Benguet Municipal DRRM Council for the National Gawad Kalasag Search. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

HIV/AIDS Awareness. Members of the Baguio Association of Bars and Entertainers Society (BABES) join the Walk for HIV during the AIDS Watch Council led observance of World AIDS Day in Baguio Friday (December 6). This year's WAD observance adopts the theme,

Best DRRM Council. La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda leads other officials and members of the DRRM Council of the municipality in receiving their award as the Best DRRM Council for 1st to 3rd class Municipalities category during the 2019 Gawad Kalasag Regional Awarding at Crown Legacy hotel last Nov. 29. La Trinidad will join 5 other Cordillera GK awardees in the national tilt. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

CHED to implement scholarship program for decommissioned MILF combat

QUEZON CITY, Nov. 8 (PIA)--The children of around 7,000 decommissioned Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) combatants and members of their family, as well as  selected beneficiaries from six government-acknowledged MILF camps will largely benefit from a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently signed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE)  of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

 

CHED Chair J. Prospero de Vera III outlines he initiatives being undertaken by the government through CHED to address the concerns being faced by HEIs in the BARMM during the signing ceremony of the MOU between CHED, OPPAP and Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE)  of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). (Photo courtesy of OPPAP)

Through a special scholarship program soon to be implemented by CHED, decommissioned MILF combatants who wish to continue their education can enroll in short-term courses that will enable them to learn new livelihood skills.

These former MILF fighters are among the 12,000 MILF-Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) members who are set to be decommissioned during the second phase of decommissioning which began August of this year and will end in 2022.

The decommissioning process, whose public launch was witnessed by no less President Rodrigo Roa Duterte last September 7 in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, is under the normalization track of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangssamoro (CAB).

According to CHED Chairman J. Prospero de Vera III, his agency is mandated to correct the historical injustices against the Bangsamoro people by carrying out initiatives that aim to improve the quality of education in the region.

“CHED, in many of its policies, have tried to correct the historical injustices in higher education in the region. The President also mandated the commission to make sure that higher education is accessible particularly to parts of the country that have been deprived of an opportunity for higher education historically,” de Vera said.

“I saw how important and vital this partnership will be in making sure that education as an anchor of development can be used to push the peace process forward,” he added.

Latest data from CHED show there are 93 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) currently operating in the BARMM.

As of June 8 this year, 703,327 students graduated from the tertiary level. Out of this figure, 288,118 of were male, while 415,209 were female.

Specific agreements

Specifically, the MOU includes the following objectives:

  • Determine the areas to extend technical assistance to the MBHTE in relation to BARMM Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the CHED Registry;
  • Capacitate MBHTE in monitoring the compliance of BARMM HEIs with the standards of quality education;
  • Communicate to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) the importance of ensuring the inclusion of underprivileged BARMM students and the children of decommissioned MILF combatants and selected beneficiaries from the Six MILF camps in Listahanan 3.0;
  • Encourage the deputized Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) HEIs in Mindanao to help children of decommissioned MILF combatants and selected beneficiaries from the six MILF camps to complete their undergraduate study;
  • Offer study grants and capacity-building programs to target beneficiaries, subject to existing laws, rules and regulations and procedures;
  • Offer a special scholarship/capacity development program for amnestied/decommissioned MILF combatants and dependents;
  • Propose professional development programs to faculty and staff of BARMM HEIs through the available CHED and other national government funds;
  • Mobilize leading HEIs to provide technical assistance to BARMM higher education needs identified by MBHTE;
  • Provide MBHTE with necessary assistance in the creation of a tribal university system; and
  • Assist MBHTE with the necessary technical assistance in the crafting of the Education Code.

Challenges in HEIs

Meanwhile, BARMM’s MBHTE Minister Mohagher Iqbal stressed the importance of raising the quality of education in the region.

“It is generally acknowledged that educated people are less prone to commit violence in the society. While there are exemptions, it is therefore crucial that the educational program in the Bangsamoro is balanced and holistic,” Iqbal said.

He also noted the various challenges being confronted by the region’s education sector, vis-a-vis the peace and security situation in the area.

“[The] number of students in BARMM is more than 900,000. The problem in BARMM is special, it has been wrapped by fighting,” Iqbal said.

“Yung quality education na sinasabi natin — that is aspirational. Kasi masyadong mababa ang level of education sa BARMM (The quality of education we are referring to is aspirational. Because the level of education in the BARMM is very low). A high school graduate [in the] BARMM is equivalent to a Grade 6 here in Manila,” he said.

CHED Chair Prospero J. De Vera III, (center)Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr, (right seated) BARMM’s MBHTE Minister Mohagher Iqbal (left seated) and other government officials gather during the signing ceremony of the MOU for the implementation of scholarship progream for the decommissioned MILF combatants. (Photo courtesy of OPPAP)

Moving forward

De Vera outlined the initiatives being undertaken by the government through CHED to address the concerns being faced by HEIs in the BARMM.

“Ang isang nagsimulang initiative ay yung (one of the initial initiatives) BARMM is now represented in the board of the state universities that have campuses located in the BARMM area. For example, in MSU we already included the representative of the BARMM as identified by Minister Iqbal,” he explained.

“This is very important because several of the campuses of MSU are in the BARMM and because a representative is already present, there is special attention given to BARMM issues in the board discussions and the prioritization of projects,” de Vera said.

He pointed out that some of CHED’s programs in the region had already started even before the signing of the MOU.

“The staff of the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education has been sitting down with their counterparts in the BARMM to start helping private universities to be included in the Listahanan registry so that their students can gain access to the tertiary education subsidy,” de Vera said.

Listahanan, also known as National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction, is an information management system that employs geographic targeting, household assessment, and validation based on data from marginalized sectors in the country,

For his part, Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr noted how the agreement will help develop skilled, competent and forward-looking leaders in the region.

“I have no doubt that our students-beneficiaries will eventually become the next leaders of the BARMM. This is why we need to nurture them at an early stage. Many have said that education is the greatest gift that a parent and the government can give to our children and future generations,” Galvez said.

“As they gain the knowledge, experience and expertise, we expect these young minds to be strong advocates of peace and moral governance that the BARMM is espousing,” he added.

The normalization phase kicked into high gear after President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order No. 79 on April 24, 2019 which created the Inter-Cabinet Cluster Mechanism on Normalization (ICCMN) which shall oversee the implementation of the CAB’s Annex on Normalization.

OPAPP and CHED are among the ICCMN member-agencies that are tasked to handle the four aspects of Normalization Program, which are primarily designed to help decommissioned MILF combatants and their families make the transition to peaceful and productive civilian life. (OPPAP)

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Baguio

  • NCIP holds ELCAC action planning with Cordillera IPs

    BAGUIO CITY, Dec. 10 (PIA) - - The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples gathered leaders of the indigenous cultural communities/indigenous peoples (ICCs/IPs) and government stakeholders in the Cordillera region for a three-day event to draw issues and concerns from the lens of  the IPs on the Whole-of-Nation Approach program of the government to end local communist armed conflict (ELCAC).

  • Cordillera bats anew for zero firecracker injuries

    BAGUIO CITY-- The health officials in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) urged on Tuesday residents not to use firecrackers and pyrotechnics in greeting the holidays as they gear for a zero firecracker-related casualty.

  • Mercury drops 11.8; Cordillera residents warned of illnesses

    BAGUIO CITY-- Health officers here on Tuesday advised locals and tourists to keep themselves warm as the temperature in the city continues to drop to 11.8 degrees Celsius-- the lowest recorded this month.

  • 2019 Cordillera regional Gawad KALASAG awardees feted

    BAGUIO CITY, Dec. 5(PIA) - - The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) recognized   disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) champions in the region with its annual Gawad Kalasag  awards.

  • CORDS-CAR supports autonomy as driver of reg'l development

    BAGUIO CITY, Dec. 6 (PIA) - - The Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security for Cordillera (CORDS – CAR) expressed his support for the region’s pursuit of regional autonomy as a driver of development and encouraged  Cordillera leaders and key stakeholders to work together for its realization.

Benguet

  • Benguet people donate vegetables, non-food items to Apayao

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Dec. 6(PIA) -- Benguet farmers and other stakeholders of the La Trinidad Trading Post donated tons of vegetables and other non-food items to disaster- affected province of Apayao.

  • Salda intervenes in HEDCOR, landowners rift

    La Trinidad, Benguet– The timely intervention of Mayor Romeo K. Salda defused the brewing tension between the management of the Aboitiz-owned Hydroelectric Development Corporation (HEDCOR), Inc. and more than twenty landowners that nearly caused the stoppage of operation of the company’s 19-megawatt Bineng Hydroelectric Power Plant that was recently commissioned.

  • Benguet ‘avang’ sustains ritual ties to swine trade

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Burly men representing the 13 towns of Benguet province threw themselves into a giant pig pen on Saturday (Nov. 23) to catch the biggest hogs, called “avang” by Ibaloys and “depap” by Kankana-eys, during the 119th Benguet Foundation Day celebration here.

  • Benguet officials appeal on Kennon Road closure

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov.21 (PIA) - - The members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan met recently with the members of the Kennon Road Task Force to raise the concerns  of the provincial, municipal and barangay officials including the affected residents on the closure of the Kennon Road.

  • DSWD-CAR holds caravan in Benguet

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov.19 (PIA) - - The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the region  held a caravan advocating their programs, projects and services to the provincial government and creating a venue to showcase their accomplishments together with their partners in the government and the civil society organizations(CSOs).

Mt. Province

  • Solar-powered rice insect trap leads winners in RICE 2019

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Nov. 22 (PIA) - - A solar-powered light trap for rice insect created by three students from Camalog National High School of Pinukpuk, Kalinga wins the SIBOL Award – Student Creative Research for High School category of the 2019 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) held  on November 19 – 20 here.

  • DOST brings Reg’l S&T roadshow to the people of Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Nov. 21 (PIA) - - In line with its  goal of bringing science for the people, the Department of Science and Technology(DOST),  holds the annual Regional S&T Week here that generally aims to promote science, technology and innovation as a driver of development especially in the countryside.

  • Besao LGU confiscates frozen pork products

    BESAO, Mountain Province, Nov. 22(PIA) -- The local government here showed that it is serious in implementing the provincial ban on the entry of live swine/pigs, fresh and frozen pork, and pork products into the province to prevent the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF).

  • Mountain Province share national accounting awards limelight

    BONTOC, Mountain Province – The provincial government and three municipal governments stole the limelight in the recently concluded annual gathering of the Association of Government Certified Public Accountants of the Philippines as the same were adjudged for having the best accounting offices in their categories.

  • Consumers learn about sustainable consumption

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 29 (PIA)--Consumers in the province learned about sustainable consumption in a live kapihan among Consumernet-member agencies led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in coordination with Radyo Pilipinas in celebration of Consumer Welfare Month.

IFUGAO

  • Rice terraces in critical state

    IFUGAO, Philippines — The Ifugao Rice Terraces are now in a critical stage of deterioration and do not allow the local communities to overcome the poverty line, according to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

  • Ifugao Census Coordinating Board prepares for 2020 CPH

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Dec. 9(PIA) - - The Provincial Census Coordinating Board is conducting early measures for the upcoming 2020 Census of population and housing (CPH) in the different municipalities.

  • DOST conducts SFTP Caravan in Ifugao

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Dec. 10(PIA)- - The Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) conducted a Science for the People (SFTP) Caravan at the Ifugao S&T Center here featuring the Philippine Carabao Center’s (PCC) technologies on carabao production and milk products.

  • DILG-Ifugao conducts constitutional reform roadshow

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Dec. 5(PIA)- -The Department of Interior  and Local Government (DILG) provincial office  province conducted  Constitutional reform provincial roadshow at the Ifugao State University (IFSU)-Lagawe Campus open gym here on  December 2.

  • SNAP-Magat cites host communities

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Dec. 6 (PIA) - - Host communities of SN Aboitiz Power – Magat (SNAP-Magat) in the province were cited  for the support toward the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs particularly for their conformance to the CSR 2.0 principles, activity engagement and exemplary watershed management. 

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