Hataman vows to rid ARMM of corruption PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:59

OIC-Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has assured officials of the Department of Education, Department of Health and local officials of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi that he is bent on instituting reforms in ARMM’s DepEd and  DOH and that he will eradicate graft and corruption in the two departments within a 100-day period.

Hataman made this assurance in his message delivered during  the “Working Together For Better Education and Health. The  First ARMM Education and Health Summit” held at a hotel heres yesterday.

Hataman revealed that corruption is rampant in the two offices in ARMM.

“I want quality education and qualified Professional Regulation Commission board passer-teachers to be assigned in the different schools and I need the support of the different local government units of ARMM through their local school boards to trace out the bad practices and come up with solutions to these,” Hataman said.

Since he assumed leadership in ARMM,  Hataman uncovered many ghost schools and teachers with millions of pesos of allocations going to waste.
“These (corrupt practices) should be stopped and eradicated,” stressed the OIC governor.

Hataman said there have been many creations of plantilla teachers and superintendents in the different ghost schools but the teachers and superintendents are nowhere to be found.

Moreover, Hataman revealed there are also many ghost Madaris or Arabic teachers with the title of Alim and their salaries are worth millions.   
Hataman ordered his personal staff to give the salaries directly and personally to the teachers and other ARMM personnel so as to ensure that no money will go to ghost employees.

Also uncovered were fake idenfication cards.

Hataman said that real teachers have become victims of ARMM Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) particularly on the deduction of their contributions.

The ARMM OIC governor said that many top officials of GSIS in ARMM are corrupt having built mansions in other cities. Some have become politicians, he said.

Rampant corruption also took place in ARMM’s  DOH.

Hataman said there are 25 municipalities in ARMM that have no medical health personnel to attend to the needs of the people. On records,  plantilla positons for health officers are filled in. However these medical officers are nowhere to be found.

“These bad practices should be stopped and I will find solutions and systems to correct these,” Hataman said.

On the other hand, Sarangani Gov. Miguel Dominguez told newsmen that his presence during the summit was to help Gov. Hataman establish reforms and systems in ARMM for the good of the children of ARMM.

“I want to share my expertise to ARMM so that it can produce quality education. Investment for education for the development of every person is the best program,” Dominguez said.

Ateneo De Zamboanga University President Antonio Moreno told officials that ADZU will help and assist ARMM teachers to review and pass the board examination for teachers .

“ADZU is open to ARMM people who want to study in the university,” Moreno said.

The summit was sponsored by Synergeia Foundation Inc. with office at Room 203, Ateneo Professional Schools, Rockwell Center, Makati City.
Similar summit will be held in Cotabato City on March 28. This will be intended for the Central Mindanao area. — Allen Abastillas