Sara Duterte initiates Madrasah unit to help educate more Muslim children

Published October 6, 2021, 3:21 PM

by Ivy Tejano

DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio created a Madrasah Comprehensive Development and Promotion Unit (MCDPU) through Executive Order (EO) No. 53 Series of 2021, signed on October 1, and will take effect immediately.

The E.O. 53, also known as “An Order Creating The Madrasah Comprehensive Development and Promotion Unit under The Office of the City Mayor, Providing for its Organizational Structure and Functions,” mandates to educate Muslim children with `true values’ history, Arabic writing, and reading, science and teachings of Islam to become law-abiding citizens contributive to social and moral development; formulate plans and programs for the growth of Madrasah education in Davao City, and supervise the implementation of the Madrasah Program in Davao City.

Its other responsibilities include spearheading community outreach programs, initiating and developing programs to promote Eid or Islamic Festivals, and developing a unique feat of various Muslim tribes in Davao City; assisting Muslim constituents in Davao City; and promoting Davao City as a peaceful city where all cultures and religions peacefully coexist.

“It is imperative that there will be an institutionalization of madrasah development in the city,” Mayor Sara said in her E.O. Madrasah development is hampered by constraints that necessitate the support of the Davao City Government to help provide adequate educational assistance.

The MCDPU was earlier created to serve as the lead agency in delivering basic government services in Muslim communities in Davao City, especially in providing educational opportunities.

MCDPU’s composition includes the Local School Board as its policy-making body while the executive program director shall manage all operational and functional work in the implementation of the Madrasah programs including curricular development; and oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services and special projects monitors the day-to-day delivery of the programs.

The operation assistant or executive assistant shall assist the executive program director in doing administrative duties and clerical functions; and work on other related functions as directed by the same while the supervising program director shall oversee the coordination and administration of all aspects of an ongoing program including planning, staffing, leading and controlling program activities; and the district supervisors shall supervise the activities of the cluster headteachers in their respective districts, assist the executive program director in the preparation of Arabic educational program; and monitor and evaluate the performance of the Madrasah teachers.

The cluster headteachers, meanwhile, shall supervise the different Madrasah centers within their cluster by checking classrooms, lesson plans, and class records. They will also be classroom teachers of the center in case of emergency.

The Arabic teachers shall identify clear teaching and learning objectives, specifying how they will be taught and assessed; prepare lesson plans, lecture materials and be actively involved in developing curriculum; include Islamic Integration in lesson plans wherever possible; ensure students acquire and consolidate knowledge, skills, and understanding appropriate to the subject taught; and check the students work efficiently and thoroughly.

The funding for the MCDPU’s operations and programs will be charged against the Special Education Fund, subject to the evaluation of the Local School Board and the usual accounting and auditing rules.