SPECIAL GEOGRAPHIC AREA—As it continually fulfills its mission to provide quality education, the Bangsamoro Government’s Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE) turned over a P20-million two-storey school building to Kibayao High School in the Special Geographic Area (SGA) on November 3.
Kibayao is a barangay located about eight kilometers west of the Municipality of Carmen— a first-class municipality in Cotabato Province where the said village was carved out after a successful plebiscite in 2019.
Twenty-year-old Abohasim Guiamad, who is the incumbent president of the school’s Supreme Student Government, shared in an exclusive interview the students were delighted with the new school building.
Guiamad shared that prior to the provision of the building, crowded classrooms with others even standing during classes were normal scenes and it became more difficult during the rainy season due to oozing water from the roof.
“Because of the new building, we no longer have to experience those things hence we thank the Bangsamoro government for providing our school with this facility,” he said.
Improving the access to quality and holistic education through the strengthening of the education system is among the top priorities of Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim.
During the turnover ceremony, MBHTE Deputy Minister Haron Meling reckoned on how the people of Kibayao actively joined in Bangsamoro’s quest for self-determination. He said that while it is important to recognize individual efforts for the collective gains of peace, it is paramount as well to take care of the facility as one of the gains of peace covenant.
“I call on everyone to please take care of this building as it would mold the dreams of our young people,” Meling said.
SGA Development Authority Administrator Butch Malang, SGA Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Edgar Sumapal, and other guests from the education ministry also graced the turn-over ceremony. (Abdullah Matucan/BIO)