New ARMM education secretary assumes office, vows to secure reforms
Cotabato City (25 May 2015) – Dr. John Magno has formally assumed as the new Education Secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) today, following his appointment by Governor Mujiv Hataman.
Magno, who previously served as assistant secretary for operation of ARMM’s Department of Education DepEd), vowed to continue the reforms that have been introduced by the present ARMM administration in the department.
A status message he posted on his social media account after words of his appointment came out, reads: “No profession can be nobler than that of teaching. The humble teacher may be forgotten in time but never in the legacy he leaves: the formation of professionals who shape the nation and chart the future of the many generations to come.”
Magno replaced lawyer Jamar Kulayan, who has formally resigned as ARMM Education Secretary on Friday, 22 May, ending a three-year tenure marked by administrative and financial reforms in the once problematic agency.
In a published statement, Kulayan said his resignation “was a well-thought-out decision based on my desire to be with my family whom I had spent very limited quality time with since I dedicated to serve along with Gov. Mujiv Hataman.”
Kulayan played a key role in the crackdown of the Hataman administration against all sorts of “ghosts” in the agency – ghost students, ghost teachers and ghost schools.
He has also helped championed the restoration of the rights and benefits of around 26,000 teaching and non-teaching personnel of DepEd-ARMM from the state-pension fund GSIS through a tripartite agreement that established the settling of close to P1 billion unpaid premiums.
Kulayan described his time in office as “filled with lessons shared and learned and encouraging stories of people whose lives changed for the better.”
He said he is not “abandoning public service” and vowed “to continue serving the people of ARMM and supporting Gov. Hataman” in his “personal capacity.”
Gov. Hataman has also appointed Sittie Mariam Ibrahim Balahim as the new Assistant Secretary for Operation and Marjuni Maddi as Assistant Secretary for Academics. (Bureau of Public Information)