By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL
COTABATO CITY — Some members of the Bangsamoro Parliament have filed recently a bill seeking to grant recognition and incentives to Bangsamoro topnotchers in board, bar, and other national licensure examinations.
“The granting of recognition and incentives to the Bangsamoro people and other inhabitants in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is one way of inspiring individuals to strive for greater heights of excellence,” Member of Parliament (MP) Amilbahar Mawallil, the main author of the bill, said.
Individuals and other BARMM residents who place first to tenth in any national licensure examination in the academic and educational fields, including professional licensure examinations given by the Professional Regulatory Commission, and the Philippine Bar Examination exclusively administered by the Supreme Court of the Philippines, will be eligible for incentives under Parliament Bill 163, or the Bangsamoro Excellence and Incentives Act of 2021.
It can be recalled that Rajiv Noor Dalagan, a graduate of the Ateneo De Davao University, got a 93.25 rating in the exams topped in this month’s civil engineers’ licensure exams.
Dalagan belongs to Moro clan in Tawi-Tawi, a component province of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
“It feels good to see a young man from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao hurdle the latest civil engineers’ licensure exams in brilliant colors,” BARMM Local Government Minister and spokesman Naguib Sinarimbo said.
Dalagan ranked first from among 2,374 examinees who passed the board exams.
There were 6,474 takers, but only 2,374 hurdled the series of tests to become licensed civil engineers.
MP Mawallil reiterated that top-performing Bangsamoro bring pride, honor, and serve as role models for the youth.
“However, the government understands the difficulties endured and the efforts exerted by every board or bar candidate,” he said, noting that the accomplishment of the candidates in reaching the top of the rankings is a remarkable feat deserving of emulation and public acknowledgement.
Mawallil also emphasized that enacting the proposed measure to recognize topnotchers and reward them with benefits, privileges, and a respectable amount as a cash incentive is “proper and reasonable.”
Other authors of the bill are lawyers Laisa Alamia, Suharto Ambolodto, and Engr. Baintan Ampatuan. JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL