1st BARMM Regional Students’ Summit
by Director Aliah C. Pascan, J.D.,MPA, Sh.L.
The 1st BARMM Regional Students’ Summit was held on November 16, 2019 at MSU Dimaporo Gymnasium, with the Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education, Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III as guest speaker. In addition, Dr. De Vera arrived in Iligan City on November 15, 2019 to attend to MSU System Wide Faculty Forum. MSU System President welcomed the CHED Chairperson and other CHED officials who were present in the forum. Executive Vice President Dr. Macabangkit Ati, Vice President for Administrative and Finance Atty. Jamaloden A. Basar, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Alma E. Berowa, Vice President for Planning and Development Prof. Rasid M. Paca, J.D. and Board of Regent Secretary Usman D. Aragasi, J.D. were among the officials who graced the forum. Participants from MSU Marawi were the 17 Deans from various colleges and some officials. From MSU IIT, they also selected faculty who attended the forum. There were participants from MSU Lanao Norte Agriculture College (LNAC), MSU Lanao National College of Arts and Trade (LNCAT), Buug, and Maigo.
Some also came from MSU Naawan. Parts of the discussion in the forum were the CHED programs on faculty development and their professional growth. Upon arrival in Marawi City on November 16, 2019, Dr. De Vera had courtesy calls to Local Government Units of Lanao del Sur and Marawi City and had visit in the Most Affected Areas (MAA) otherwise known as ground zero for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Marawi City. Before the start of the Summit, Dr. De Vera indulgedthe press and gladly answered the questions of members of the press in a Press conference. The MSU System President Habib W. Macaayong and Hon. Mohagher M. Iqbal also joined in the press Conference. The conference was moderated by the Director of Office of Information, Press and Publication (OIPP). The purpose of the 1st BARMM Regional Students’ Summit was the discussion on CHED Programs,
projects and activities for students and the partnership of CHED and BARMM and their relationships. MSU System President Habib W. Macaayong, DPA gave his welcome remarks to the summit. He mentioned that the CHED particularly the Chairperson has been encouraging the Presidents of the State Universities to be visible and be very supportive to BARMM. Aside from that the Mindanao State University, Marawi City is located in the BARMM area so the more it should be very cooperative not
just supportive because the beneficiaries of the BARMM programa for education are studying there Hence, he said, “we are co-convenor
of the 1st BARMM Students’ Summit”. Atty. Carmelita Yadao-Sison MNSA,Ph.D., CESE formally opened the summit and discussed
the overview and purpose of the Summit. She was also the Master of the Ceremony for the Summit. The first testimonial message of the summit
was from RC-Alkwarizmi International College, Jamalia U. Rascal. She shared the benefits of having Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES). The
subsidy she received helped in compensating her expenses in school like her needs in books and projects required or in compliance with
her subjects in school. She said, “I will no longer be afraid in proceeding to Medicine since there is subsidy that I can hope for”. It was followed by a message of support from the Local Government of Unit of Lanao del
Sur. The Provincial Governor Hon. Mamintal Alonto Adiong, Jr. was represented by Board Member Jamil Faisal Saro Adiong, Sanggunian
Kabataan Panlalawigang Pederasyon Elect. He explained the opportunity of students in this generation. He further explained in his own speech that Tertiary Education Subsidy will help the family in sustaining the needs of
the children who were internally displaced from their homes. He mentioned that he knew and could sympathize with the burden of being students. Another Tertiary Education Subsidy grantee, Arjester M. Kanihat, MSU Student, BS Nursing, shared his story on how he availed the Tertiary
Education Subsidy. He informed the public that he had bought a laptop which is a necessity to students out of the money he got from the subsidy. He explained the benefits that one can get once he or she is a grantee.
Atty. Majul U. Gandamra who was represented by Superintendent Cairany D. Gandamra welcomed the guests to the city of Marawi. Superintendent Gandamra read the message of Mayor Gandamra to the participants.
The summit guest was introduced by Dr. Rody P. Garcia, OIC Regional Director of CHED Regional Office 9. Dr. De Vera in his address said, “The
Commission on Higher Education is here to participate in the Student Summit, as part of the Commission for the National Students’
Day. This is part of the activities being done by the National Government that we are here to interact and inform students to tell them
about RA 10931 and discuss the education subsidy which are many beneficiaries in the province, in the city and in the BARMM that are enjoying Tertiary Education Subsidy.” He stressed that, “the summit is also an avenue to discuss our partnership with the BARMM such as how higher education institutions in CHED can provide technical assistance to
the BARMM in ten areas that we have agreed upon.” Hon. Mohagher M. Iqbal gave his inspirational message. He mentioned the importance
of smiling towards others. He also shared the importance of women in the life of men. A dialogue with students was held, where they asked questions to Dr. De Vera, Dr. Macaayong and Hon. Iqbal. It was noted that there were Local University College and Schools (LUCS) that are not chartered and are not covered by RA 10687. Hon. Iqbal called Dr. Amor Pendaliday the OIC Chairman of CHED BARMM to give insights on the application status of RA 10687 otherwise known as Unified Financial Assistance System or Tertiary Act or UniFAST in the BARMM. Dr. Pendaliday gave information that they seek legal assistance from Solicitor General on the LUCS which are not chartered. Dr. De Vera in an answer to one of the questions from students, said, “there are students from the BARMM who are enjoying scholarships of various kinds, those who are studying in state universities and colleges do not pay tuition and miscellaneous fees anymore. Students who are beneficiaries of the TES subsidy gets additional stipend from the national government ranging from 40 thousand pesos to 60 thousand pesos per year,
there are Tulong Dunong scholars, so any scholarship that CHED is running.” Pres. Macaayong also shed light on the number of scholarships. He said, “For MSU Marawi Campus, we have 168 TES scholars now. And according to Director Sison, there will be additional number of scholars.”
Lastly, in the closing remarks of Dr. Pendaliday, he expressed hope that the partnership of CHED and BARMM and the technical assistance to be given by Mindanao State University System.