P3.9B education project launched in ARMM

By Lore Mae Andong, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Nov 20 2012 08:23 PM | Updated as of Nov 21 2012 04:23 AM

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd)-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and Australian Aid (AUSAID) formally signed on Tuesday the subsidiary arrangement on the Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao (BEAM).

The signing, which was held at the regional seat of the ARMM in Cotabato City, was witnessed by ARMM officials led by ARMM OIC Governor Mujiv Hataman, DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, officials of the AUSAID and teachers from different provinces in the region.

The NEDA Board had approved P18.56 billion worth of projects, wherein P3.9 billion goes to the ARMM.

The BEAM project has four components: Early Childhood Education and Basic Education, School Health, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Tech Vocation for Out-of-School Youth and Alternative Deliver Model (ADM).

ARMM OIC Governor Mujiv Hataman said this will lessen the illiteracy rate in the region and will enable to send children to school.

The project aims to improve school infrastructure, strengthen DepEd management systems, enhance teaching and learning processes by training teachers and providing quality materials, expand assistance to Madaris, improve livelihood skills and opening employment opportunities for 20,000 out-of-school youth in ARMM and provide catch-up learning opportunities for pre-school and elementary children in remote and poor communities without access to government schools.

Luistro said the project approval and deliberation had to go to a crucial process before it was approved.

The official also thanked the Australian government for funding the projects.

This is the first time that Luistro visited the ARMM and Cotabato City.

The official also met with regional directors and school supervisors to discuss how the agency can contribute to peace not just in Mindanao but throughout the country.