Hataman reinstates two ARMM cabinet members PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 January 2012 13:37

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao officer in charge Mujiv Hataman broke a long-time tradition by reinstating two members of the past regional cabinet based on their performance and dedication to serve ARMM’s poor sectors.

Past administrations in the ARMM, since its inception in 1990 following its creation through a plebiscite, have never reappointed any regional secretary that served predecessors on questions of loyalty and political connections with politicians in the provinces.

The ARMM’s executive secretary, human rights lawyer Anwar Malang, said the reinstatement of multi-awarded physician Kadil Sinolinding, Jr., and Haron Al-Rashid Lucman, Jr. as health and local government secretaries, respectively, was premised on how they have efficiently managed their departments during the time of the region’s acting governor, Ansarudin Adiong.

“The Hataman administration is not discriminatory in its selection of people to enlist in the regional cabinet because part of its initiative to introduce reforms in the regional bureaucracy is to propagate the culture of putting people in power according to their track record and exposure to public service,” Malang said.

Sinolinding is an ophthalmologist trained in India in the 1990s and has since been actively involved in eye care projects of non-profit organizations and humanitarian foundations in the country and abroad.

Sinolinding’s reinstatement was endorsed by local executives in the ARMM’s five provinces and two cities on the basis of his having reactivated health centers and hospitals that became dormant due to armed conflicts and threats to the safety of health workers.

Records of various non-government organizations involved in foreign-assisted human security and health programs in the autonomous region indicated that Sinolinding, who started as a lowly “barrio doctor” in Pagalungan, Maguindanao, already treated without fee a total of 26,490 visually-impaired poor Muslim and Christian patients in the ARMM and Central Mindanao towns under Administrative Region 12 since he became an eye surgeon.

Malang said Lucman, on the other hand, has been exposed extensively on the intricacies of local government units as former provincial director of the Department of Interior and Local Government in Lanao del Sur.

Lucman, a lawyer, has a master’s degree on environmental management and has served as technical assistant of the President of the Mindanao State
University in Marawi City.

Hataman earlier said he is to set a precedent on equitable sharing of power among all groups in the autonomous region, which covers the culturally-diverse people in Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, both in mainland Mindanao, the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, and the cities of Lamitan and Marawi.

“I can even share power with qualified non-Muslims because there are also Christian communities in the autonomous region,” Hataman then said.

Hataman said one of his administration’s thrusts is to give all media entities in Mindanao and elsewhere unlimited access to the fiscal records of all offices and line agencies in the ARMM. — Felix Ostrea