Adiong urges agencies to sustain momentum PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 September 2011 14:10

With less than a month before the scheduled takeover by officers-in-charge (OICs), Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Acting Governor Absaruddin Alonto-Adiong urged on Tuesday all heads of ARMM line agencies to sustain the trailblazing operations of their administration in the last 18 months.

“Time has become more essential as the impending succession of caretakers approaches fast. We should work double time to sustain the momentum of our performance that the public and the international community have so far acknowledged favorably,” Adiong said in a statement addressed to his cabinet officials through the ARMM’s Bureau of Public Information.

ARMM Information Chief Ali Macabalang said that Adiong’s statement came amid media reports on the recent approval by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board’s investment coordinating committee of new education and environment enhancement projects worth P11.3-billion for ARMM.

Earmarked for implementation from 2012 to 2018, the two giant projects were proposed by the current ARMM administration for funding by foreign donor institutions including the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), which earlier rated “very satisfactory” conduct of its other projects in the region in 2010 and this year.

Adiong in his statement also ordered concerned ARMM offices led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to rush up interventions that would complete the sending of remaining 1,900 conflict-displaced families to their respective homes under his regime, which had earlier restored back some 8,000 other families.

Last Monday ARMM Executive Secretary Naguib Sinarimbo turned over 500 relief packages for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) inside the evacuation center in barangay Labu-labu, Sharif Aguak, Maguindanao through Board Member Datu Puti Ampatuan.

Sinarimbo said the Office of the Regional Governor (ORG) also dispersed school bags with pens, papers and other supplies for some 200 pupils of Camp Siongco
Elementary School in Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat town under Adiong’s “adopt-a-school” program.

The “adopt-a-school” project, which was launched before the start of school year 2011, already has distributed some 10,000 packages of similar supplies to more than 30 schools in ARMM, mostly in the oft-embattled Maguindanao towns.

Last month, the project provided two complete sets of computers to each selected universities in ARMM including the Catholic-run Notre Dame University’s college of law here.

The same project has been rallied by partner institutions including the Army’s Task Force Bigkis Lahi, which undertakes repair and rehabilitation works on school buildings in Maguindanao for free but using materials provided by the ORG.