Sabi nga nila, ‘Once a teacher, always a teacher.’ Ang pagiging guro dala dala mo yan kahit saan ka man magpunta o anuman ang pinagkakaabalahan mo sa ngayon. Higit sa propesyon hindi matatawaran ang naiwan na pamana ng isang guro sa kanyang mga estudyante. Kaya nga ‘pag may pagtitipon ang barkada o class reunion kadalasan ang napapag-usapan at napapagkwentuhan ay ang ating mga guro.
Sa hirap ng panahon ngayon mas nasusubok ang tibay at pagmamalasakit ng ating mga guro kaya’t sila’y mas atin pang bigyang pugay at pahalagahan.
Isang taon na din nang unang magbigay tayo ng mensahe para sa ating mga guro para sa selebrasyong ito at nataon din ito sa anibersaryo ng ating pagkatalaga bilang Member ng Parliament. Ako rin po ay nabigyan ng pagkakataon na makapagtrabaho at magsilbi sa sector ng edukasyon bilang Regional Secretary ng dating DEPED-ARMM at masasabi kong napaka-fulfilling po nito. Malaki ang respeto ko sa mga guro at alam kong higit pa sa propesyon ang pagtuturo dahil mas malasakit ang nangingibaw sa karamihan lalo na sa ngayon.
Muli bumabati kami ng isang maligayang National Teachers’ Month sa lahat ng guro sa PIlipinas at sa Bangsamoro.
We condemn as a nation the Kabacan shooting last Saturday, August 29, unequivocally. Violence is unacceptable and we should take a step towards seeking justice and giving assistance to the victims. Although outside the jurisdiction of the BARMM, the victims were identified to be Bangsamoro which prompted the Bangsamoro Government to coordinate with the authorities and concerned LGUs to help shed light on the mater.
The assistance of the national government is also sought on this matter as provided under Section 12, Article 6 (INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS) of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, which states that “the National Government shall ensure the protection of the rights of the Bangsamoro people residing in communities outside the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region and undertake programs for their rehabilitation and development. The Bangsamoro Government, in coordination with local government units where these communities are located and the appropriate national government agencies, shall provide assistance to enhance their economic, social and cultural development.”
Here are the statements and ongoing efforts by various stakeholders on the incident:
In a simple turn over held at the municipal hall of Lumba Bayabao, Lanao del Sur on July 26, 2020, Mayor Mahar Dagalangit and Vice Mayor London Dagalangit received the healthcare items for distribution to the 38 barangays of the municipality from the Office of MP Mitmug Jr. and ANAK Mindanao.
The donation set, which includes hands-free alcohol dispensers, gallon of alcohol and face masks, is hoped to augment the resources of the BLGUs and its devoted frontliners in their efforts to fight and contain the spread of COVID-19.
The Bangsamoro Transition Authority has constituted a new Parliament Committee chaired by lawyer MP Anna Tarhata Basman and MP Amilbahar Mawallil as co-chair.
The Committee on Accounts and Audit shall have seventeen (17) Members. It shall have jurisdiction over all matters relating to the income, revenues and internal auditing of the funds for all the expenditures and activities of the BTA, and the other ministries, agencies and offices of the Bangsamoro Government.
The Committee on Accounts and Audit shall also have jurisdiction to examine and scrutinize the income, revenues, and the expenditure plans of all government ministries, bureaus and agencies of the Bangsamoro Government, including the audit thereof.
Rule IV of the PARLIAMENTARY RULES, PROCEDURES, AND PRACTICES OF THE BTA states that “Parliamentary committees are permanent committees which exercise continuing responsibility in the legislative activity of the BTA, and are hereinafter set up in these Rules. The BTA shall, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Rules, organize and adopt Parliamentary committees: Provided, That the Memberships of Parliamentary committees shall be on the basis of proportional representation affiliated with the Majority and the Minority of the BTA.”
In the first episode of Podcast Bangsamoro, Member of the Parliament (MP) Amir Mawallil was joined by MP Rasol Mitmug Jr. to highlight Islamic mental health efforts in the region amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to MP Mitmug, addressing mental health concerns is of equal importance. Mental health concerns should be discussed and given attention despite the stigma on mental illness in the country especially now that we are facing a pandemic. His Office as Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) member, together with the Health Organization for Mindanao (HOM), created an online platform which aims to respond to the common mental health needs of communities. Modules and materials have been improved to focus more on Islamic Mental Health (IMH) and are readily available on the IMH website and facebook page. As part of the IMH initiative, HOM will be training those who want to help in this effort especially those who have background in psychology.
When asked about his motivation for giving attention to mental health, he mentioned local experiences during the Yolanda disaster, Marawi conflict and Mamasapano encounter. The communities directly affected by these crises experienced depressive symptoms and other mental health concerns but less attention was given to that matter. Taking care of mental health can be easily overlooked, hence, efforts concerning mental health in the region should be initiated and supported. He further revealed that his Office is currently reviewing and checking codes, potential policies and laws that will give attention to this issue.
While challenges on mental health is a growing health concern in the region, it is a blessing that the Bangsamoro region is still on its transition period, thus, codes are still being drafted. Particularly, measures on mental health can still be incorporated by the BTA members which can safeguard the general welfare of BARMM constituents should another pandemic and even other forms of disaster affecting mental health arise. The implementation of these programs are without hurdles given the population, diversity of languages, number of practitioners, among others, but MP Mitmug is hopeful since efforts are being supported by concerned agencies and organizations.