COTABATO CITY – 393 para-teachers from Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao received their 3-month salaries worth Php45,000.00 from the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE).
The amount sums up the teachers’ Php15,000.00 per month salaries from October – December 2020.
Education Minister Mohagher Iqbal led the salaries distribution on January 13-14, at the MBHTE Building inside the Bangsamoro Government Center in the city.
Of the 393 para-teachers, one (1) was from Marawi City, 99 and 129 were from the 1st and 2nd district of Lanao del Sur, and 88 and 76 from the 1st and 2nd district of Maguindanao, respectively.
According to Minister Iqbal, para-teachers are those temporarily appointed in the absence of licensed teachers.
The para-teachers were the provisional teachers previously affected by MBHTE’s cease and desist order. [Related Story: BARMM adhered to CSC rules on provisional teachers – Sinarimbo]
With 15k salary per month, they were re-employed from provisional to Contract of Service following Minister Iqbal’s request to Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim and Ministry of Finance, Budget and Management (MFBM) to extend their services until the end of school year 2020-2021.
“Kami dito sa MBHTE ay kung mayroon kaming nakitang paraan, yun po ang gagawin namin. Inaaral po namin at wala talagang pwedeng gawin maliban dito sa ginawa natin na yung mga provisional teachers ay susundin ang batas,” Iqbal said. [Related Story: MBHTE-BARMM to provide ‘humanitarian assistance’ for laid off provisional teachers]
Joharie S. Mangorsi, 46, has been a provisional teacher for 10 years in Lanao del Sur. He was rehired as para-teacher at Sultan Disimban National High School in LDS Division II.
“I am glad kasi binigyan kami ni Minister Iqbal ng pagkakataon na makuha namin ang sahod namin at buong-buo natin itong tinatanggap bilang isang guro na nagseserbisyo,” Johari said.
“At alam po namin itong BARMM ay isa sa napakahalagang nakamtan natin kasi nakita natin ang mga tama at mali,” he added.
Schedule of the releasing of salaries for para-teachers in the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi is yet to be announced by the education ministry. (Bangsamoro Information office)