Cotabato City – The Department of Education in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM) will fill all teaching positions in the nine schools divisions in the region in the first quarter of this year.
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said all the teachers’ appointment papers and deployment orders would be signed by the end of the first quarter. On Monday, January 15, Gov. Hataman signed the appointments and deployments of 75 additional teachers in Maguindanao province.
Atty. Rasol Mitmug Jr., newly appointed DepEd-ARMM Secretary, told the newly hired teachers: “Sana maging daan kayong mga guro na matulungan ang mga batang magsumikap sa pag aaral dahil maraming kabataan ang umaasa na magkaroon ng maayos at dekalidad na edukasyon.”
The new teachers passed a rigorous screening process before they were hired and will be deployed to various public schools in the province.
For newly hired Sahira Kalipapa the distance between her home and her school assignment may be challenging, but she is more excited to help her students. A 30-year-old resident of Datu Paglas North, she will be deployed to Darampua Elementary School in Sultan sa Barongis, an hour away from her place.
“Wala pong kaso sa akin ang layo, ang mahalaga po sa akin ay makatulong sa mga estudyante sa sarili kong probinsya,” Sahira said. Overwhelmed with joy as she signed her deployment order, she added: “It’s an answered prayer po. Sobrang saya po na finally teacher na po ako.”
“Ang sarap po sa pakiramdam dahil alam namin na dumaan ito sa tamang proseso. Libu-libo ang applicants na kasabay ko dito at masaya ako na napabilang ako sa mga newly hired teachers,” she said. Sahira said that she never thought of applying to other places outside the ARMM. “Mas pipiliin ko pa rin po ang lugar namin dahil mas kailangan po kami sa lugar namin,” she added.
Applicants for teaching positions in the ARMM have to go through the Assessment and Competency Examination for Teachers in ARMM that includes a panel interview and a teaching demonstration to evaluate their aptitude and proficiency for teaching. The process is meant to promote quality education in the region.
Gov. Hataman said it helps guarantee that only qualified teachers will be hired. On January 4 this year, the appointment papers and deployment orders of the 192 public school teachers in Sulu were signed by the governor.
“Our goal is to fill in all the teaching vacancies in the first quarter of the year,” he said. “Nandito kayo hindi dahil sa kung sino ang nag-recommend sayo, nandito kayo dahil dumaan kayo sa tamang proseso at alam namin na qualified kayo,” he said.
To date, the ARMM has 25,000 teaching and non-teaching personnel. The region is composed of nine schools divisions that include the divisions of Maguindanao I and II, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur I and II, Lamitan City, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi. (Bureau of Public Information)
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