Heads and leaders of the University of the Philippines and the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) met to discuss possible collaborations for academic, technical, and scientific development in the first UP-Bangsamoro Development Institute Summit Consultation, held on September 13, 2023, in Davao City.
Heads of the Mindanao State University, local government units, and non-government organizations also attended. UP organized the consultation to convey its commitment to bolster education and socio-economic development in the Bangsamoro region.
UP President Angelo Jimenez said UP intends to contribute to empowerment in the region and end social unrest and underdevelopment. "UP intends to work closely with local communities in the Bangsamoro to preserve and promote the region's heritage through cultural exchange programs, exhibitions, and awareness campaigns to strengthen the capabilities of local government units and social institutions," he said.
UPMin Chancellor Lyre Anni Murao served as chairperson of the Technical Working Group of the UP-Bangsamoro Development Institute Summit Consultation. In this capacity, she led coordination efforts leading to the participation of the Bangsamoro leaders and representatives.
Aside from President Jimenez, National Scientist and former UP president Emil Javier, Regent Tiongco, the chancellors of the UP Constituent Universities and autonomous units were present. Heads of key UP units presented their viable offerings for the Bangsamoro areas.
Ustadz Abdulkarim Misuari, deputy speaker of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority Parliament, and Atty. Basari D. Mapupuno, president of the Mindanao State University System, led the Bangsamoro sectors in the consultation.