Hataman: Ghost-employees being delisted from ARMM payroll

THE House of Representatives is ready to take up today the P13.9-billion proposed budget for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao with House Committee on Appropriations Vice Chairman
Pangalian Balindong defending the allocation in plenary.

The ARMM regional outlay of P13.998-billion is 12% higher than the current P12.468-billion budget.

Under the proposed 2013 “People’s Budget” executive brief submitted to Congress, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said the ARMM budget supports the attainment of lasting peace and development in the region.

Basically the budget includes, among others: P6.9-billion for basic education; P1.4-billion for technical/vocational and tertiary education; P852-million provision for health services; P1.5-billion
for infrastructure program; P826-million for agriculture, agrarian reforms and environment; and P817.8-million for the Office of the Regional Government.

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, during a pre-plenary budget briefing presided over by Rep. Balindong on Tuesday, assured the lawmakers that with the proposed ARMM budget, “even with a very minimal budget, we
are determined to implement possible reforms needed to achieve peace and development in the region”.

Under the proposed outlay, the ARMM is expected to deliver, among others, basic education to some 878,082 students, technical/vocational courses to some 26,910 students, build 870 kilometers of roads and
infrastructure, as well as health services to the needy communities.

The governor, likewise, assured the appropriations panel that the reforms being implemented include the elimination of the reported ghost-employees that eat up a substantial part of the ARMM budget.

“We have seen the ghosts! We will continue to look for said non-performing ghosts and we will remove them from our payroll,” Hataman declared.

Aside from the P13-plus-billion budget, there is the so-called PAMANA program through which conflict-vulnerable communities comprised of 4,943 LGUs will receive P5-billion in 2013 through the joint efforts of the DILG (P1.6-B), DA (P1.5-B), DSWD (PP1.5-B), DAR (P208-M), DOE-NEA (P150-M), DENR (P93-M), PhilHealth (P16-M), CHED (P2-M).

PAMANA (Proyektong Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan) is under the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and deals with peace and livelihood programs in conflict-areas especially in Mindanao.

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