By PMT News Desk
COTABATO CITY – The Bangsamoro autonomous governance through its Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) has begun constructing a three-story dormitory building worth P39-million for transient students of the Cotabato State University (CSU).
MBHTE Minister Mohagher Iqbal led the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Aug. 20, saying the 132-bed capacity building is funded under the contingent fund of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) governance for 2020.
Commission on Higher Education Chairman Prospero de Vera inaugurated last July 22 the CSU transformation from Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC) mandated under R.A. 10585 authored by then Maguindanao First District Rep. Sandra Sema.
The edict was enacted in 2012 but the CHED approved the CSU transformation only this year after the CCSPC had passed the national standards, according to Sema, who graced the July 22 ceremony alongside Minister Iqbal.
In a statement Friday, Iqbal said the construction of the CSU dormitory pursues his ministry’s commitment to yield the best and safe learning for the students and effectively utilizing public funds.
“Shortly after the establishment of the MBHTE, we decided to improve and strengthen the Bangsamoro educational system so it can secure our children’s future,” he said.
Iqbal said the MVHTE is committed to shaping “balanced, quality, and inclusive education” and “introduce innovative solutions to long-standing problems and explore viable approaches to elevate the Bangsamoro educational system while appreciating our rich history, culture and traditions.”
The CSU dormitory, with a contract amount of P39.1-million awarded to the MMG Construction firm, will include two (2) dining halls and two (2) study rooms/conference halls alongside 132 bed spaces, it was learned. (PMT)