DANILO E. DOGUILES
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato
The Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) is taking charge of the technical education and skills development (TESD) programs of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.
TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña and BARMM Interim Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim signed a memorandum of agreement on Friday leading to the transfer of control and supervision of TESDA programs and projects to BARMM, particularly the MBHTE.
“This is a momentous moment event — I would even say a historic event — for TESDA because this is now the official transfer of the responsibilities of technical education and skills development from TESDA to BARMM….Today signals a closer collaboration between TESDA and BARMM in the field of skills education training,” Sec. Lapeña said.
The MOA stipulates that “during the transition period, all TESDA program and project allocated for or to be implemented in the BARMM, whether locally-funded or foreign-assisted, including scholarships and grants, and assets with the corresponding budgetary support shall be transferred to the Bangsamoro Government.”
On its part, the Bangsamoro Government agrees to formulate regional rules and regulations in the implementation of TESDA programs and policies in accordance with the standards prescribed by TESDA without prejudice to RA 11054 (Bangsamoro Organic Law).
Sec. Lapeña emphasized that TESDA won’t totally be out of the picture in the BARMM technical education programs.
“While there will be transfer, TESDA will be there. We will not let go until the implementation of programs [in the BARMM] shall have been placed in order,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Ebrahim who joined the event virtually signed the MOA from his office at the BARMM Regional Center in Cotabato City. He said he is grateful to Sec. Lapeña and the TESDA management for the agreement.
“We have thousands of Bangsamoro brothers and sisters who can truly benefit from this partnership,” Ebrahim said.
“Inshallah, it’s time to diversify the skill set of our dear Bangsamoro brothers and sisters to provide support to the region’s growing manpower and hopefully allow them to seek livelihood opportunities in the process.” (DED-PIA XII)