Teachers to welcome PNoy in Sumisip town, Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 March 2016 11:22

Productivity of teachers in Basilan improved dramatically in the past three years with the bilateral rehabilitation of old schools and construction of new classrooms by Malacañang and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, an education official said.

The infrastructure thrusts were started in 2012 by ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman and President Benigno Aquino III, who will visit  on Monday, March 21, Barangay Tumahubong in Sumisip, Basilan for a dialogue with local leaders.

Hadja Nuriya Jamaldin, assistant superintendent of public schools in Basilan, said teachers in the province are excited with Monday’s visit of President Aquino to Barangay Tumahubong, touted as the largest barangay in Sumisip, hometown of Hataman.

“We wish to tell the President we so appreciate the improvements in the productivity of teachers as a result of the efficiency in governance of the present ARMM government, particularly its public works and education departments,” Jamaldin said on Sunday.

Jamaldin said it was only during the time of Hataman, who first got to the helm of the ARMM government as an appointed caretaker in December 2011, when teachers started receiving their salaries promptly.

Hataman got elected in May 2013 as a duly-mandated regional chief executive, ARMM’s 8th since its creation via a plebiscite in 1990.

“Our teachers now no longer go to usurers for loans with very high interest rates because of excessive delays in the releases of their salaries,” Jamaldin said.

John Magno, ARMM’s regional education secretary, on Sunday  said salaries of teachers are now paid ahead of schedule since 80 percent of them are assigned in far-flung areas far from banks where they collect their salaries through automated teller cards or transact encashment of checks from the department.

Jamaldin said what is inspiring for the rank-and-file employees of the Department of Education in Basilan is the massive continuing construction of new school buildings in remote areas since 2012 by the Hataman administration via the ARMM’s Department of Public Works and Highways and the office Soler Undug, the district engineer in the province.

“The morale of teachers in Basilan is high. Our old, dilapidated schools had been fixed and new school buildings are emerging inside public school campuses. All of these would not have materialized if not for President Aquino’s massive political and fiscal support to the Hataman administration,” Jamaldin said.

Jamaldin said teachers have asked Hataman to relay to President Aquino their gratitude for the newly-completed and the still on-going infrastructure projects inside many school campuses in Basilan.