Hataman hires 120 more new ‘peace mentors’ PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 April 2016 11:51

The government has just enlisted 120 more “peace teachers” for far-flung areas in Maguindanao to hasten efforts of addressing illiteracy in the province.

The teachers, licensed and qualified for permanent teaching positions, were hired after hurdling entrance examinations and actual classroom demonstration tests administered by officials of the Department of Education in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM).

DepEd-ARMM’s regional secretary, John Magno, on Wednesday told reporters they were enlisted by the region’s chief executive, Gov. Mujiv Hataman, with permission from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

The Comelec has an on-going ban on hiring of applicants and promotion of government employees in keeping with the Omnibus Election Code, which also prohibits carrying of guns outside of residence without any written approval from the commission.

“We secured blessing from the Comelec to proceed with appointing these teacher-applicants. They will help teach `peace education’ in remote areas. We have their commitment to immerse in these communities to serve the poor,” Magno said.

Magno, an industrial psychologist, and Hataman removed hundreds of “ghost teachers” in old payrolls of the DepEd-ARMM that proliferated during the time of past regional governors, paving the way for the hiring, by actual physical screening, of more than 2,000 duly licensed teachers in the past two years.

The DepEd-ARMM was, in fact, touted as the regional government’s “most corrupt” agency while under previous administrations.