ARMM People’s Day: Free services to the public
Cotabato City (21 February 2015) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will provide free services to the public every third Saturday of the month beginning this February as part of the People’s Day initiative of Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman.
The program was officially launched today at the ARMM compound in Cotabato City with the participation of different line agencies.
Hataman said it is part of their “commitment to pursue a revitalized and reformed ARMM” and help raise awareness on the services and different programs of the regional government.
“Dapat umabot sa grassroots ang ating serbisyo sa ating mga kababayan, (The services we provide should reach the grassroots),” he added.
The free services included legal services and medical services like diabetes and hypertension screening, urinalysis and pneumococcal vaccination. A supplemental feeding and psychosocial briefing to a group of children affected by recent conflicts in Maguindanao were also held.
Baidido Mokamad, 48, availed of the free medical checkup and medicines.
“Maganda ito dahil libre. Kahit iyong walang pambayad pwedeng magpacheckup. Sana gawin nila ito parati,” she said.
ARMM also hosted a jobs fair for domestic and international job opportunities, a session on mine risk education (MRE) and recreational activities like sports, film showing, puppet show and storytelling.
Lawyer Rasol Mitmug, the ARMM governor’s chief of staff, said the People’s Day will be conducted every third Saturday of the month. He said a similar activity will also be held in each of the region’s five provinces (Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi) in the coming months.
“Pupuntahan natin ang provincial level. Hopefully hindi lang per province, kundi pati district level para makapagbigay tayo ng free services sa ating constituents.”
Participating agencies included the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Regional Sports Coordinating Office (RSCO), Office of the Attorney General (OAG), ARMM’s Humanitarian Emergency Action Response Team (ARMM HEART) and the Regional Library. (Bureau of Public Information)