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Sec. Lapeña, Minister Iqbal join resources for technical educ in BARMM

BANGSAMORO NEWS UPDATES • 09:30 AM Wed Sep 11, 2019
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TESDA Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña (right) and Minister Mohaqher Iqbal of BARMM Minister of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) shake hands after MOA signing. (Karl Mike Tabingo)

COTABATO CITY – Officials of the education ministry of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) have signed a memorandum of agreement to help capacitate decommissioned Moro rebels in Mindanao.

TESDA Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña and Minister Mohaqher Iqbal of BARMM Minister of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) forged the alliance during a meeting here recently.

Minister Iqbal positively welcomed the Technical Vocational Program in BARMM saying it is the basic solution for armed conflict in the area.

It will come after the decommissioning of the MILF combatants in the government on Saturday.

“We will help for the development of TechVoc in our region, we just need to know is how many TESDA Training centers are here in the region,” Iqbal said in the closed-door meeting with Sec. Lapeña.

During the gathering, both Iqbal and Lapeña, former rebel and former police officer, respectively, shared their experiences about the armed conflict in Mindanao.

Both agreed to consolidate and united their efforts in helping former Moro rebels and the Bangsamoro go back to the mainstream and avail government services like what TESDA is doing.

“We will help BARMM in terms of training and technical education, TESDA training centers will be open for those combatants who want training to start a new beginning,” Sec. Lapeña assured Minister Iqbal.

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