ARMM conducts scholarships examinations to close to 3,000 students
Almost 3,000 students took the qualifying examinations held simultaneously by the government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in its five provinces for a fresh scholarship it is offering this school year 2013-2014.
Amihilda Sangcopan, the chief of staff of the office of the regional governor, said that the program dubbed as “Iskolar (Para sa pagbabago, para sa Bangsamoro)” is one of the direct assistance programs of the regional government that aims to help underprivileged students pursue college degrees.
“We all know that education is one of the main thrusts of the reform agenda of the current ARMM government, and this only proves that we are not only contented in eradicating anomalies in the region’s education department but we also would like to tell our people, our constituents in ARMM that we will continuously provide opportunities to bring real education close to them,” said Sangcopan who personally, along with other Cabinet officials, administered the examinations in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.
Eighteen year-old Sawida Pepito of Tawi-Tawi, who was one of the 2886 examinees, said that it is her first time to avail of a scholarship exam from ARMM. “I am very thankful that we have this now,” she said.
Amir Mawallil, director of the region’s information bureau who was part of team that conducted the examinations in Tawi-Tawi, said that the program shows that ARMM is reaching out to its people. “We’re making it happen. We are reintroducing ARMM. A reformed and empowered ARMM that is able to deliver basic services like education opportunities to its constituents,” Mawallil said.
Sangcopan said that Iskolar is under the K3 or the “Kalusugan, Karunungan, at Kabuhayan para sa pagbabago, para sa Bangsamoro,” one of ARMM’s flagship programs which will be launched next month at ARMM’s anniversary celebration.
Sangcopan added that ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, who was then performing the Islamic’s annual pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, had called up and instructed her during the examination day to allow walk-in applicants and extend the exam time, originally from 9am to 12 noon, to until 5 in the afternoon so as to accommodate more applicants.
Hataman, who mustered overwhelming support from the region’s five provinces during the recent May polls, earlier said that education will be one of his key priorities. “We are gearing up for a better Bangsamoro and we believe that education is one the best preparations that we could set for our people,” the regional governor said.