Cotabato City – Making the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) functional through good governance is the Hataman administration’s top achievement in the last six years.
“When we started here, we said that the most essential thing we should do is to make the government functional,” ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman told media in a press briefing held on Thursday, January 11.
Last year, 22 local government units (LGUs) in the ARMM were awarded the Seal of Good Local Governance by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
The feat is a first in the history of the autonomous region.
Hataman said the target this year is to increase the number of good governance awardees to as many as 50 LGUs out of its 118 towns and cities.
The governor also said he would address in the near term the issue of absenteeism in some LGUs, following a memorandum instructing the regional governor and provincial governors to supervise local chief executives.
“The Provincial Governors of Mindanao, and the ARMM Regional Governor are hereby directed to ensure that Local Chief Executives under their general supervision are placed under a clear monitoring system that will guarantee their presence and the delivery of government programs and services to the constituents of the respective LGUs,” said Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, who serves as Martial Law Administrator, in his instruction memorandum.
Hataman also raised challenges in terms of security, citing the Marawi incident and the steady recruitment of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, or BIFF. However, he said incidents of kidnapping in the region have gone down after personalities involved in abduction cases have been apprehended.
Through the ARMM’s Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team, the regional government’s response to crisis has also become more efficient, he said.
Meanwhile, a regional development plan was formulated to sustain the whole region’s development even after his term has ended.
“Ang pagpaplano na ito ay nakabatay sa real situation, scientific data was used. Every year pwedeng may magbago, mabago man ito mula sa ARMM patungong Bangsamoro government, depending on the situation sa community,” he said.
During the final stretch of his administration, the regional government will focus on barangays that urgently need attention from the government.
“Since the most basic unit of the government is the barangay, we are focusing on 636 ARMM-HELPS (Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance and Synergy) and ARMM-BRIDGE (Bangsamoro Regional Inclusive Development for Growth and Empowerment) areas,” he said.
“During the last planning, all agencies were directed to give priority to these areas especially in terms of health, sanitation, housing and governance.” (Bureau of Public Information)
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