KABACAN, North Cotabato—Some 564 scholars of Maguindanao Gov. Esmael “Toto” G. Mangudadatu gathered for general orientation at the Institute of Middle East and Asian Studies (IMEAS), University of Southern Mindanao (USM), Kabacan, North Cotabato on August 20, 2015.
The assembly was facilitated by Prof. Abdulgani A. Yusop, the Coordinator of the scholarship called “Maguindanao Program Educational Assistance and Community Empowerment” (MagPEACE).
He was assisted by volunteers namely: Mr. Mansurie Hadji Mohamad, a graduate scholar of the same program from the College of Business Development and Economic Management (CBDEM), USM; Mr. Saidamen Basman, a scholar of junior year in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); and Miss Jude Charimaye Lidasan, also a scholar and in Senior Year in Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (AB-Poliscie).
Important guest was Mr. Federico G. Castro, Jr., the Supervising Administrative Officer of the Governor’s Office, Maguindanao and concurrent Provincial MagPEACE In-Charge.
He updated the students on the terms and conditions of the scholarship and their duties and responsibilities thereto, such as: submission of regular unit load; uphold the maintenance of 80% general average; submission of schedule of payments, assessments, registration forms, and receipts of tuition fees; copy of class cards or proof of grades; must finished the course in the prescribed period; must inform the scholarship committee of other scholarship enjoyed; must bear expenses not covered by the scholarship; must inform the committee concerning summer classes and those outside of the regular schedules; must furnished copy of diploma to the committee after graduation; must not engaged in illegal activities; must inform the committee on change of their contact numbers; and must attend meetings called for by the committee.
A lunch was served to the guests, facilitators and scholars. Knowing each other was another sidelight of the affair. Gov. Mangudadatu, an erstwhile working student during his student days is now a philanthropist through offering scholarships to thousands of deserving students in his province be they Moro, settler or indigenous people.
Maguindanao is home to tri-people, the Moros who are Muslims, the settlers or migrants who are mostly Christians and the Lumads or indigenous peoples who mostly belong to the Teduray Tribe.