COTABATO CITY: The Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MBHTE-BARMM) has advised teachers serving the elections on May 9 to observe strict neutrality as it launched its 2022 Election Task Force.

Minister Mohagher Iqbal of MBHTE-BARMM on April 29 reiterated to ensure free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible elections and that teachers serving the national and local elections should be extra careful and have to stay neutral.

The creation of the MBHTE-BARMM election task force is in compliance with the Department of Education's (DepEd) memorandum for the "Establishment of the 2022 DepEd Election Task Force and Its Operation in Monitoring Center in the Central, Regional, and School/City Division Offices in Connection with the May 9, 2022 national and local elections."

It is composed of the Regional and Division Election Task Force which shall ensure that all MBHTE personnel, teaching and nonteaching, shall be provided with adequate information, technical support, and legal assistance in the course of the performance of their duties as members of the Electoral Board at the national and local elections.

The Regional and Division Election Task Force is composed of the steering group, operations, and legal support group, secretariat, call center monitoring database unit, and logistics and external coordination mobile unit.

Get the latest news
delivered to your inbox
Sign up for The Manila Times’ daily newsletters
By signing up with an email address, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Iqbal reminded teachers who will serve in the elections to maintain neutrality and stick to what is being implemented by the law.

"Let us stay neutral, remember that you have a right to choose your candidates, and just stick to the law and principle for us to have a clean, peaceful and transparent election," Iqbal said.

"This launching is part of the memorandum between MBHTE and the Commission on Elections to ensure the security and safety of our teachers who will serve for the upcoming 2022 election," he added.

During the launching ceremony held at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, MBHTE legal officials oriented the task force on constitutional provisions, laws, and jurisprudence on electioneering and political partisan activity; participation, and preparations for the 2022 NLE; and political neutrality and learner's participation in political partisan activity.

MBHTE lawyer Hamida Mantikayan said that Electoral Board members are prohibited to wear any election paraphernalia, giving financial contributions for the benefit of a candidate or party, being a delegate to any political convention, and forming groups or organizations for the purpose of soliciting votes.