ARMM Assembly OKs appointment of reg’l education secretary PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 November 2015 11:59

The rank-and-file employees of the education department in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) were elated with the confirmation by the Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA) of the appointment of their regional secretary last Wednesday.

The RLA’s Commission on Appointments approved without hesitation, during a session in Cotabato City, the appointment of the firebrand industrial psychologist John Magno, who was enlisted as secretary of the ARMM’s Department of Education early this year by the region’s chief executive, Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman.

“We are very thankful to the RLA for confirming his appointment,” said Hadja Nuring Jamaldin, assistant superintendent of public schools in Basilan.

Jamaldin said teachers in the island province were delighted with the confirmation of Magno’s appointment.

Education officials in the ARMM provinces had posted in their Facebook walls their appreciation of Magno’s having been confirmed as member of the regional cabinet.

Representatives of the DepEd in Lanao del Sur were conspicuously present in the committee hearing on Tuesday and in Wednesday’s final RLA confirmation process, which Regional Speaker Ronnie Sinsuat wrapped up by administering Magno’s oath to serve all people in the region to the best he can.

Magno has been active in furthering Hataman’s reform agenda for DepEd-ARMM, touted as the most corrupt regional agency in the autonomous region.

The DepEd-ARMM was so mismanaged during the time of past regional governors that its payrolls were anomalously padded with thousands of ghost teachers.

The agency had also facilitated the regular release of operating funds to non-existent schools which Magno and Hataman removed from the list of legitimate elementary and high school institutions in the region via an extensive cleansing process started in 2012.

Magno was known for his being fiery in his statements about mismanagement of schools in the ARMM’s five provinces, Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, which are both in mainland Mindanao, and the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

He earned the ire of many politicians in the region for rejecting recommendations blindly endorsing applicants without licenses to teaching positions.

Magno and Hataman both expressed gratitude to all members of the RLA for giving their nod to his appointment as member of the regional cabinet.

The RLA is also known as the “Little Congress” of ARMM.