The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines through its Southern Mindanao Business Council (ECCP-SMBC) stressed the role of education in nation building as it transforms human beings into intelligent citizens particularly those in the least developed areas in Mindanao.
The ECCP-SMBC has partnered with SIDMA College, Commission on Higher Education-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (CHED-ARMM), Bangsamoro University of the Philippines, Inc. and Philippine Muslim Teachers’ College for the development of the schools in the Bangsamoro Autonomous in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) area.
The partnership will be highlighted with a webinar entitled “Opportunities in Educational Partnerships between East Malaysia and the BARMM Education Institutions”, slated on June 29, 2020, with resource speakers who will share their offered academic programs, student exchange programs, and staff exchange program to the universities and colleges in the BARMM area.
The resource speakers are Dr. Mornie Kambri, founder and chairman of SIDMA College; Dr. Amor Pendaliday, commissioner of BARMM CHED; and Dr. Norma Sharief, president of the Philippine Muslim Teachers College in Marawi City and was the former chairperson of BARMM CHED for the last 10 years.
“Once the partnerships between educational institutions are in place, the upscaling of educational programs in the BARMM area can happen through the technical partnerships that both institutions can work on. This is a rare moment where initiatives by the educational sector as a starter are seeking to revitalize the BIMP EAGA partnerships forged in the 1990s,” said Antonio Peralta, chairman of the ECCP-SMBC and executive director of Freedom Inc.
Peralta said the partnership bodes well for educational institutions in the BARMM, which is considered to be in the least developed areas in Mindanao as they seek to benefit from the partnership with educational institutions in East Malaysia.
Peralta said the ECCP-SMBC is also utilizing its business network in East Indonesia and East Malaysia to revisit the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP- EAGA) region given the new business opportunities that may be present in the area.