Cotabato City―The Department of Education in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has become the country’s fifth region to have completely uploaded online its list of public and privately-run basic schools.
ARMM DepEd Secretary Rasol Mitmug Jr. said a total of 2,706 names of public and private schools and their identification serials for elementary and secondary levels have been uploaded with the Basic Education Information System of the Philippine Master List of Schools.
The ARMM, composed of Basilan, Lanao Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, including the cities of Marawi and Lamitan, will cease to exist, once a plebiscite in January held in these territories ratifies Republic Act 11054, the Bangsamoro Basic Law, for the creation of a Bangsamoro ARMM.
Topping the list of uploaded basic schools with 100 percent validation of names and school IDs are: 90 elementary and secondary schools in Basilan; 61 in Isabela City (Basilan); 368 in Maguindanao (District I); 343 in Maguindanao (District II); and 95 in Marawi City.
Sulu has had 468 or 98.11 percent validated out of 477 schools names and IDs uploaded into the BEIS master list of schools.
DepEd Region XII (South-Central Mindanao) topped the BEIS uploading compliance; followed by Region X (Northern Mindanao); Region VI (Western Visayas), Region 1 (Ilocos Region) and ARMM DepEd in that order.
Mitmug said validation works have been relatively slow in three other districts owing to some factors, including hard access to school sites and peace and order issues, like the two districts of Lanao Sur where only 10 schools were validated as of December 7 out of 452 uploaded; and in another district where only 21 validated out of 414 schools names and IDs uploaded.
Still, instances of unresolved leadership issues have plagued schools administration in areas where DepEd positions are contested like political posts, according to stories shared by officials asking for anonymity for lack of authority to speak to reporters.