PNoy hails Governor Hataman’s role in ARMM progress
Cotabato City (July 28, 2015) – President Benigno S. Aquino III hailed Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman on his role in achieving the ‘Tuwid na Daan’ thrust of the administration.
During his final State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 27, 2015, Pres. Aquino underscored the progress and reforms in the ARMM emphasizing on Gov. Hataman’s assistance in attaining his administration’s objectives.
President Aquino in his speech said that despite not being an official member of the Cabinet, Gov. Hataman did “his part to help the administration’s progress along the straight and righteous path.”
The President also cited the completion of the region’s cadastral survey, which started in 1913. “It took almost a century to complete (the first) 46% of the survey,” the President said. The survey identifies the boundaries of the land covered by each city, municipality, and province in the Philippines.
Gov. Hataman said the region is greatly indebted to the Aquino administration for its overwhelming support. He further said that the administration’s “trust and confidence stir positive change and ignite sustainable development in the region.”
In 2013, Gov. Hataman has been tagged as a “ghost buster” after he got rid of ghost employees in different agencies as well as ghost teachers and students in far-flung areas in the region. A total of 75,242 ghost students and 21,374 ghost enrolees were deleted from the records of the Department of Education-ARMM between 2012 and 2013.
After more than two decades, teachers in the region have started receiving benefits from their contributions to the Government Service Insurance System. This came about after the regional government settled at least P891.4 million worth of unpaid premiums in previous years.
As part of good governance drive, the region’s portals were opened to the public allowing its constituents to access the latest reports on accountability, revenue, fund utilization, and project implementation status.
During the Hataman administration, the investment climate has been vibrant and the region has surpassed its yearly target. As of date, the Regional Board of Investments has recorded P1.8 billion in new private capital flowing in for 2015.
Recently, the region has passed the National Government’s Good Governance Conditions reflecting “a revitalized and reformed autonomous region.” This compliance was the first in the region’s history.
The Hataman administration anchored its reform initiatives on three key pillars: good governance, peace and security, and socioeconomic development. (Bureau of Public Information)