MSU-Gensan forges partnership with BARMM Regional Government

Jovanie Camacho Espesor, PhD | 17 July 2020

The Ministry of Basic, Technical and Higher Education (MBTHE) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) government taps the Mindanao State University – General Santos City as an institutional partner in facilitating the employment of potential applicants from General Santos, Sarangani and South Cotabato, who are aiming to join the bureaucracy of the new political entity in the southern Philippines.

On 17 July 2020, Minister Mohagher Iqbal of the MBTHE sent his emissary, Ustadz Haron Salah to meet Chancellor Anshari P. Ali in MSU Gensan to discuss the terms of the partnership. Both institutions agreed to push through the partnership. As a result, the University will help the Ministry in administering the online assessments among job applicants by allowing the latter to use its facilities.

The examination is set on 23 July 2020 at the Computer Laboratory 2 located in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities Building. Moreover, the University will mobilize three of its IT personnel to aid the Ministry in the administration of the online examination.

Also present in the meeting is Professor Rufa Cagoco-Guiam, who is the Senior Strategic Liaison and Inclusion Advisor of the Palladium Group, the consultancy firm of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Embassy of Australia in the Philippines. The Australian Government provides generous aid and development assistance to the MBTHE through the Pathways for Peace Program.  Professor Guiam shared that “there is a need to facilitate partnership between MSU and the Ministry to have the examination here in General Santos rather than requiring job applicants to travel to BARMM because they are faced with the difficulty of travelling to Cotabato City due to the risk posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.” Professor Guiam is a retired full professor and former Director of MSU’s Campus-Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao.

Dr. Anshari P. Ali expressed his gratitude to Minister Iqbal for reaching out to the University for such noble undertaking. The Chancellor is hoping that the said engagement will pave way for more partnerships with the BARMM Regional Government in the future. As a national peace university, MSU is determined to provide assistance to the new autonomous government as a way of building sustainable peace and development in the Region.

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