Armm governor names cabinet execs

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

COTABATO CITY -- "Institute governance, get rid of corruption and ghost employees, make regular employees report to office and fire those who are not reporting for work."

These are the marching orders of Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) to 19 cabinet officials he sworn to office Tuesday afternoon here.

Most challenging among the departments in the Armm is the education department, which Hataman said even the national office has almost lost hope in reforming.


"Isa sa pinaka malaking problema ang DepEd (Department of Education). Kung maayos ang DepEd problem solved na halos ang 50 percent ng problem sa Armm," Hataman said as he announced the appointment of Attorney Jamar Kulayan as OIC Regional Department Secretary for the education department.

Stressing that the problem in the autonomous region is indeed serious, Hataman would also soon issue an executive order creating a task force that would assist Kulayan in addressing the problem, which he said even the Central Office of the education department had almost lost hope in solving it.

"Ang DepEd Central Office nga ay halos sumuko na sa problema sa DepEd Armm," the governor said.

"Considering the current complexities on management, personnel and financial challenges besetting DepEd-Armm, the regional governor sees the need to put a management team headed by Attorney Jamar Kulayan," who was described by Hataman as "a lawyer-activist who has served the Regional Governor as Regional Chief of Staff from assumption last December 23."

All his appointees, Hataman said, would be assessed 100 days.

After naming Kahal Kedtag as regional secretary for the Environment department, the governor, in public, told him to immediately travel to the two Lanao provinces to conduct a deeper investigation on the massive cutting of trees in the area.

The logging activities in the Lanao provinces had been blamed for the floods in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan during Tropical Storm Sendong that killed more than 2000 people last December 17.

Kedtag was ordered to confiscate logs which shall be processes as school chair with the assistance of Pagcor that Hataman to have committed to provide the Armm with the needed machines through the Technical Tesda. Kedtag was Natural Resources officer of the Environment department before his appointment as regional department secretary.

Among other appointees as department secretaries are Engr. Emil Sadain for Public Works and Highways, Marites Maguindra for Trade and Industry, Muslimin Jakilan for Labor and Employment, Sangkula Tindick for Agriculture and Fisheries, Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman Jr. for Interior and Local Government, Kadil Sinolinding Jr. for Health and Abdulhalim Mohammad for Agrarian Reform.

Other appointees include Abba Kuaman as director for Armm Social Fund, Amihilda Sangcopan as chief of staff, Khal Mambuay-Campong as Cabinet secretary and spokesperson, Atty. Abdulmuin Pakang as Solicitor General, John Magno as assistant cabinet secretary, Edgar Ramirez as officer-in-charge of the Armm Development Academy, and, Nash Maulana as director for Bureau of Public Information.

Hataman's executive secretary, Atty. Anwar Malang, former councilor of this city, was among the earlier appointees. (REL)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 19, 2012.

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