MBHTE Higher Education Director General Mr. Marjuni Maddi (top) welcomes participants to the Higher Education Forum. RCTQ Senior Program Manager Dr. Ma. Arsenia Gomez (bottom, left) presented the Mapping Study findings and recommendations, assisted by Pathways Program Resarch Manager Dr. Angelo Tubac (bottom, right), who facilitated the discussion following the study presentation.

Key findings and recommendations from the Mapping Study of Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) serving the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) were presented and discussed on Day 3 of the Bangsamoro Higher Education Virtual Forum on 15 July 2021. The study results were also presented in separate fora to the projects’ Advisory Board on 25 May 2021 and to 13 TEIs based in Mindanao on 29 June 2021.

The Higher Education Virtual Forum was organized by the Bangsamoro Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) through its Higher Education Directorate. The three-day event aimed to guide BARMM higher education institutions (HEIs) on the MBHTE-BARMM higher education policies and directions; present updates on Commission on Higher Education (CHED) policies and guidelines; present updates on higher education in the context of the Bangsamoro Organic Law project of CHED, and present findings and results of studies and other initiatives of international partners, including RCTQ’s mapping study.

MBHTE Higher Education Director General Mr. Marjuni Maddi welcomed the participants, and led the discussion of the results of the study following the presentation by RCTQ Senior Program Manager Dr. Ma. Arsenia Gomez.

RCTQ and its research partner, the SiMERR National Research Centre in Australia, conducted the study from September 2020 to May 2021 in partnership with the Australia-assisted Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways) program, the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE), Mindanao State University (MSU) and the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU).

Presentation to DG Maddi and the TEI Mapping Study Advisory Board on 25 May 2021

Director General Maddi and the project’s Advisory Board first heard the study findings and recommendations during the RCTQ’s virtual presentation on 25 May 2021.

On 29 June 2021, officials from thirteen TEIs gathered virtually for a research-sharing activity where the same results and recommendations were presented to them.

Philippine Normal University (PNU) President Bert Jasmin Tuga welcomed the representatives from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Basilan State College, Cotabato State University, Mindanao State University, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Notre Dame University-Cotabato, Notre Dame of Jolo College,  Notre Dame of Marbel University, Southern Christian College, University of Southeastern Philippines, Upi Agricultural School, Western Mindanao State University, and the Zamboanga State Polytechnic College.

The forum was also attended by Pathways program team, PNU officials and the RCTQ team.

In his message, Dr. Tuga said he believed that PNU and RCTQ’s active engagement with BARMM would open stronger collaboration and innovation among TEIs in the region.

“This collaboration can pave the way for reconfiguration of educational strategies, processes and standards to better adjust and adapt to the demands of the new normal and to the challenges of teacher education and basic education in BARMM,” said Dr. Tuga.

Research-sharing with TEIs on 29 June 2021.

The results and recommendations were presented by Dr. Ma. Arsenia C. Gomez, project leader and Ms Ma. Izella D. Lampos, project officer of the study. Some of the results presented focused on the profiles of 12 participating TEIs; focus of TEIs’ teacher education programs; current initiatives on K-3 teacher innovation and/or research; support for teacher education programs, and opportunities for collaboration.

The presentation was followed by reactions from Dr. Ma. Carla A. Ochotorena, President of WMSU and Vice-President Dr. Alma E. Berowa of MSU.

President Ochotorena commended the “remarkable findings of the study on the importance of immersing pre-service teachers to the actual work environment through student practicum, most helpful areas of learning identified by the recently-graduated alumni that can inform TEIs when they revisit their syllabi, and the area of assignment of the graduates specifically if deployed in multilingual schools.”

Dr. Berowa, on the other hand, commended the research process undertaken by the research team and the likely impact of the study. She said she hopes that the findings from the study could be the basis for future programs and projects that will be launched in the region. Dr Berowa also noted the keen interest of MSU in the study as the institution is very concerned with improving their strategies, approaches, and pedagogies to ensure that MSU produces more qualified and better teachers serving the BARMM. She also  expressed MSU’s willingness to be part of future collaborations as they have five campuses located in the BARMM.

“The findings are comprehensive, factual, and reflective of the current situation in the field, one of which is the difficulty of passing the Licensure Examination for Teachers as experienced by the TEI graduates,” Dr. Berowa said.

Dr. Ronald Allan Mabunga, PNU Vice-President for Research, Planning and Quality Assurance, closed the research-sharing activity by thanking the partner universities–MSU, WMSU and the University of New England–for agreeing to cooperate on the study. He also commended the RCTQ for successfully finishing the study despite the current conditions of the time.

Dr. Mabunga said the study was able to provide relevant recommendations that could be considered not only by TEIs but by other government agencies and stakeholders in the region for further work and collaboration.

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Key findings and recommendations from the Mapping Study of Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) serving the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) were presented and discussed on Day 3 of the Bangsamoro Higher Education Virtual Forum on 15 July 2021. The study results were also presented in separate fora...