BARMM applicants take online examination in MSU Gensan
Jovanie Camacho Espesor, PhD | 24 July 2020
On 23 July 2020, the Ministry of Basic, Technical and Higher Education (MBTHE) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) government administered the online assessment among individuals, who are applying for permanent positions in the Ministry. The examination was held in the Computer Laboratory II in the College Social Sciences and Humanities Building of the Mindanao State University – General Santos City. The use of the University’s computer laboratory is part of the commitment of MSU Gensan to help BARMM government in recruiting qualified and competent personnel.
A Maranao woman, Nashiba D. Hanafi, 25, said: “bilang isang Moro, mag-apply ako sa Bangsamoro government upang makatulong sa aking kapwa Moro. Isa ito sa mga nais kong magawa sa aking buhay. Nais ko ring tulungan ang Bangsamoro government na makamit ang pag-unlad ng nasasakupan nito na may pangmatagalang kapayapaan. Nais ko rin madagdagan ang aking experience sa paglilingkod bayan. Nais kong e-share sa Bangsamoro government ang aking kaalaman na maaring makatulong sa pag-unlad nito.”
(As a Moro, I am applying in the Bangsamoro government so that I can help my fellow Moro. This is one of the things that I want to do in my life. I also want to help the Bangsamoro government to achieve development of its territory with long-lasting peace. I want to enrich my experience in public service and I want to share to the Bangsamoro government my knowledge that might be of help to foster development.)
Meanwhile, a young Maguindanaoan lass, Jovaira Abdulkarim, 21, who is applying for the position of Program Specialist II shared her motivation of seeking a job in the Ministry. According to her, she wants to play a role in the Bangsamoro community by imparting knowledge to her fellow Moro, especially among children in school.
It is worth noting that job opportunities in BARMM are not exclusive to Muslim people. In an interview with an Ilonggo woman, Shaira B. Batiller, 23, she said: “I applied in this job because I always wanted to work with people and for the people regardless of their culture and traditions. I also want to learn more by sharing my own ability to the Bangsamoro government.”
Due to travel restrictions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, applicants from General Santos, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat and neighbouring localities were not required to have the examination in Cotabato City, where the seat of the Bangsamoro government is located. Sandra Sapal Karim, 30 from Sarangani shared, “napakalaking tulong na dito na held ang exam instead sa Cotabato City sa sitwasyon po ngayon dulot ng Covid-19 pandemic, mas mahihirapan po kami kung sa Cotabato City na held ang exam. So, napakalaking tulong para sa amin na mga applicants na dito na held ang online exam, bukod sa mas malapit at na maintain ang social distancing, mas nakaka-encourage pa ang maraming applicants. At na welcome kami dito, nag enjoy kami sa online exam kahit yung iba medyo mahirap sagutin. Mas napadali ang travel lalo na sa aming galing pa ng Sarangani. Dahil sa Covid-19 pandemic maraming dapat iwasan kaya mas mainam na dito na held ang online exam.”
(It is of big help to us that the examination is held here instead in Cotabato City. Because of the current situation posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, it will be difficult for us if the venue of the examination is in Cotabato City. Hence, it is of big help to applicants that the examination is held here [in MSU]. Aside from the fact that it is geographically closer and social distancing is maintained, it encourages more applicants. We feel welcome here and we enjoyed the online exam, although some of the questions are difficult to answer. It is also easy to travel, especially for us from Sarangani. Due to many restrictions brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, it is appropriate to take the online examination here.)
The online examination was administered by MBTHE personnel headed by the Ministry’s IT Officer, Ustadz Haron D. Salah. He is assisted by Mr. Yawmel Jihad S. Guialal and Mr. Julsani M. Abdulkadil. Some IT personnel of MSU Gensan provided technical assistance to the Ministry during the entire process of examination. The result of the online examination can be used by takers who have multiple applications in the BARMM government.
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