BARMM Governance News Briefs

Public Works Ministry swears in 141 new personnel

The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) of the interim Bangsamoro governance swore in 141 newly appointed workers on Jan. 13 at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City.

 The new recruits will be assigned to the ministry’s District Engineering Offices: 23 in Maguindanao; 14 in Lanao del Sur, 13 for Basilan, 30 for Sulu, 13 for Tawi-Tawi, and 48 for the regional office in Cotabato City.

The ceremony was officiated by MPW Minister Eduard U. Guerra, BARMM Executive Secretary Abdulraof  Macacua, MPW Director General Danilo A. Ong, and Civil Service Acting Assistant Regional Director Dominador E. Gonzales, Jr., who all took turns in urging the new recruits in upholding “morale governance.” AGM

164 temporary teachers receive 3-month salaries

 BARMM Education Minister Mohagher Iqbal led the distribution of three-month salaries of 164 temporary teachers or “para-mentors” from Maguindanao province on Jan 13 at his office in Cotabato City.

Eighty eight (88) of the recipients work in Maguindanao Schools Division I, while the 76 others are assigned in the Maguindanao Division II. Each of them got Php45,000.00, summing up their Php15,000.00 per month salary from October – December 2020.

Minister Iqbal described the “para-teachers” as those temporarily appointed in the absence of licensed teachers. The teachers have already signed their contract for January until the end of S.Y. 2021.

 The distribution of salaries of para-teachers from Lanao del Sur I, II, and Marawi City was wet on Jan. 14. Minister Iqbal has yet to announce the date of salary distribution of such types of teachers in the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, the Bangsamoro Information Office said. AGM

UNICEF, UK government donate communication equipment to BARMM

 The United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) and United Kingdom Government turned over on Jan. 13 sets of communications equipment to information officers (IOs) of the Health, Education and Social Welfare ministries in BARMM as well as those of the five component provincial governments as the Bangsamoro Information Office.

The IOs received different communication paraphernalia such as cameras, voice recorders, printers, video cameras, microphones, laminating machines, tele-prompters, office equipment, and laptop computers, the BIO said.

.The distribution was held at the BARMM compound in Cotabato City, in which officials of the donor entities espoused the use of the modern gadgets for intensified health messaging strategies on COVID-19, and bolstering community engagement, the BIO said. AGM

BARMM’s READI team assists ailing boy in North Cotabato

BARMM’s Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (READI) team workers went to Barangay Pigcawaran in Alamada, North Cotabato on Jan. 11 and provided needed cash and relief assistance for the family of an ailing boy, named as Nhur Fhaids Saripada.

 The boy is suffering from congenital heart disease, even as the READI program readied “proper medical procedure to ensure he survives,” Local Government Minister and READI Administrator Naguib Sinarimbo said. AGM

Second round of BARMM aids for South Upi

The BARMM governance conducted a second round of relief mission on Jan. 7 for atrocities-affected residents in South Upi, particularly in Barangay Itaw where armed men torched 13 houses belonging to Teduray families on Dec. 31.

 The new mission is a follow-up of the READI workers’ distribution of relief goods two days after the arson incident, involving this time supplementary aids from the BARMM’s Health Ministry.

READI program’s media relations chief Myrna Jo Henry said the new round of dispersal included hygiene kits, bath towels, malong, blankets, toothbrushes and pastes, body and detergent soaps, sanitary pads, alcohols, shampoo and water containers for 599 village families, in addition to sacks of rice and dozens of canned goods earlier given. AGM

READI acquires emergency response speedboat  

Minister Sinarimbo announced their acquisition of “one of our sea ambulances” on Jan. 8, saying the speedboat is an imperative component of the BARMM government’s emergency response operations during natural and man-made calamities.

 Contingency response services are carried out by the Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (READI), a program that replaced the defunct ARMM’S Humanitarian Emergency Assistance and Response Team (HEART.

 Ramil Masukat, former HEART director, hailed the arrival of the speedboat in what he described as “dream come true.” AGM

MOLE-BARMM absorbs former DOLE-12

The autonomous government’s Ministry of Labor and Employment (MOLE) has absorbed the functions and assets of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) field office in Cotabato City after a recent ceremonial turnover.

MOLE Minister Romeo Sema installed Dimaporo Diocolano, an engineer, as head of the city field office last Monday. AGM

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