The Bangsamoro Ministry of Basic Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) has vowed to fast-track the release of its employees’ salaries for the month of March.
MBHTE Minister Mohagher Iqbal said he recently issued an order regarding this in view of Presidential Proclamation No. 922 of President Rodrigo Duterte, placing the entire country under a state of public health emergency due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“We made this move to ensure that our employees can act accordingly and finance their necessities in this time of pandemic,” Iqbal said.
He noted that MBHTE is the largest ministry in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), covering 60 percent of the workforce in the entire region.
The salary release will also cover the contract of service and casual employees of the ministry.
Iqbal said his office also requested the salary differentials for its employees to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) through the Ministry of Finance, Budget and Management (MFBM).
“The focus of the Bangsamoro government now is to keep our employees and constituents safe while helping them in the best manner that we can,” he said.
Iqbal urged the employees to be wise and prudent in their spending, especially in this time of crisis.