Hataman vows completion of road projects in Basilan before term ends PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 June 2013 11:14

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Mujiv Hataman on Thursday vowed to complete key road projects that would spell connectivity to the different towns especially in remote areas in the island province of Basilan and spur economic activity before he steps down in 2016.

Hataman said this during a thanksgiving he and vice governor-elect Al-Rashid Lucman held at the newly completed Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-ARMM compound in Lamitan City attended by thousands of supporters and provincial as well as municipal government officials following their victory in the just concluded May 13 polls.

“Titiyakin ko sa inyo bago mawala ang ARMM at bago kami mawala sa puwesto, ang lahat ng ating mga daanan katulad ng daan sa Tipo-tipo at Al-Barka mula Al-Barka at hanggang Bohe Lebbeng, pabalik ng Barangay Basak at Campo Uno hanggang Tuburan, Tuburan hanggang Kulay Bato, tiyakin namin sa inyo matatapos namin bago kami bumaba sa aming puwesto,” Hataman said in his thanksgiving address.

“Sa kabilang dulo naman mula kilometer 18 papuntang Lantawan at mula Lantawan hanggang boundary ng Iisabela City, titiyakin din namin matatapos namin bago kami bumaba sa aming puwesto,” he added.

Hataman’s DPWH-ARMM Secretary, Emil Sadain said that once the key road projects completed, there will be brisk economic activities and more efficient and faster delivery of public service from two components cities of Basilan to the far flung municipalities in the island province.

Hataman, meantime, expressed optimism that reforms will be put in place before they step down from office once the Bangsamoro new political entity will be implemented as a result of the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The ARMM governor-elect drew a rousing applause from the audience, mostly elected mayors, vice mayors, councilors, provincial board members, barangays leaders, and members of civil society organizations inside the district engineer’s office compound when he made his call in tagalog.

“Tapos na po ang election ibig sabihin tapos na rin ang girian at tapos na rin dapat ang hidwaan. Sa mga hindi nagtagumpay sa election huwag niyo na habang buhay na as if na ito na ang end of your life dapat maging bahagi kayo ng ating isinusulong na reporma. Ako ay humihingi ng pag-papaumanhin at pakikiusap sa inyo. Ito ang kauna unahang mayron elected regional governor mula sa minority province ng probinsiya ng  Basilan at baka ito rin ang kahuli hulihang mayron regional governor at baka ito rin ang kahuli hulian na ang ARMM ay magtatapos sa loob ng ating panunungkulan. Kaya titiyakin ko sa inyo sa pamamagitan ng ating pagkaka-isa, ating bigyan ng pansin, pag unlad ng ating bayan, ating bigyan ng pansin ang pagpapaunlad ng ating pamayanan hindi pa po tapos ang ating laban hindi pa po tapos hindi porket nanalo tayo,” Hataman stressed.

The ARMM governor said the stability and development in the poverty stricken and graft-ridden provinces in ARMM will now depend on local governance.

“We will not approve any of your projects unless you have a functional governance, you have clear government center, clear economic center then we will help you,” Hataman told the local leadership of his intentions to hasten the government development programs in the ARMM.

He said once there will be functional governance down to the barangay level,  peace and security will be addressed slowly.

Out of the more than 2,000 barangays in the ARMM  about 154 barangays were unable to benefit from comprehensive and complete government service, according to him.

Hataman said the president has called him to find out how many of the areas in the ARMM have yet to establish rural health units. He said they have already prepared about 20 percent of the P1.5-billion budget for the improvement of the water system in the Muslim region that will also go with the health program.

“In our investigation on the recent cholera incident where 100 were downed and five succumbed, we found out that the problem was due to lack of water system,” Hataman said.

The ARMM chief executive said  they will be more  pro-active in bringing about the needed development and stability in the area. “We’ll be implementing the one-strike policy in the Muslim region to address the poor education system in the area.”

He said during the implementation of the reform program, they have also discovered that most of the teachers in the ARMM were not reporting to their area of assignments regularly.

“I will be deputizing the barangay officials and the military to monitor the teachers who fail to report regularly and provide incentives to the schools that are performing,” he said, as he appealed to the village chairmen to make an inventory of areas that have no schools yet. — HG