ARMM to host DepEd’s national management committee meeting
Cotabato City (19 January 2015) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will host the annual national management committee meeting of the Department of Education (DepEd) this February in the town of Bongao in Tawi-Tawi province.
ARMM Education Secretary Jamar Kulayan said this would be the first time for the region to host DepEd’s national management committee meeting.
He said it shows the support and importance that the national leadership places in ARMM especially in improving education and literacy in the region.
It can be recalled that Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro marked the opening of classes for school year 2014-2015 by leading the annual Brigada Eskwela in a school in Maguindanao, another component province of ARMM.
The meeting scheduled on 23 February will draw together key officials of the department including Secretary Luistro and the directors from other regional offices, according to Kulayan.
He said matters relating to the government’s existing programs and policies on education will be tackled.
The event also presents the working government of ARMM the opportunity to showcase its accomplishments in the area of education which include the elimination of ghost employees and students, enforcement of a transparent and competitive hiring process for teachers and the introduction of innovative programs that bring basic education to children in hard to reach communities.
Results of the latest National Achievement Test (NAT) indicate an improvement in the performance of elementary and high school students in ARMM.
Mubarak Pandi, DepEd-ARMM information officer, said preparations are now underway for the management committee meeting.
He said they’re also hoping to bring to the attention of national officials the education needs of the region. (NSS/Bureau of Public Information)