Hataman swears in new cabinet
03 July 2013
COTABATO CITY –Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) sworn in Tuesday members of his new cabinet a day after unveiling their names to the public during his official assumption to office as duly elected ARMM governor.
Hataman said all the cabinet officials had to survive a two-day grueling screening process administered by the Development Academy of the Philippines, which assessed their performance, in the case of incumbent officials, and qualification for the post they applied.
He said he needs to carefully select the composition of his new reform team to keep up with the target of delivering “tangible outputs in two years time.”
Some officials retained their posts or were reassigned, while others, who presumably failed to pass the exam, were given their walking papers. The ARMM governor, however, revealed that some are still being considered for posts that could match their competence.
Prior his election last May 2013, Hataman was appointed by President Benigno Aquino III as officer-in-charge of the ARMM in 2010 following the deferment of the regional elections that year.
Hataman urged his new cabinet to work doubly hard to improve living conditions in the region and institute gains that will endure beyond the existence of the present autonomous setup.
“Our people should feel and experience change in government service,” he told appointed officials.
Among those who took their oath of office are lawyers Laisa Alamia and Rasol Mitmug as executive secretary and deputy executive secretary, respectively.
Alamia was the former chair of the Regional Human Rights Commission while Mitmug was speaker of the 7th Regional Legislative Assembly.
Former ARMM executive secretary Anwar Malang will now head the region’s Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
ARMM Regional Vice-Governor Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman will serve as the concurrent secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Other new appointees are Myra Alih as secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), lawyer Ishak Mastura as chair of the Regional Board of Investments (RBOI), and Don Loong as assistant secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways.
Sakiran Hajan, former RBOI chair, takes the helm of the Department of Trade and Industry. Former regional communications chief, Amir Mawallil, is now the executive director of the Bureau of Public Information.
The six cabinet secretaries who retained their posts are DPWH Secretary Emil Sadain, Department of Education Secretary Jamar Kulayan, Department of Health Secretary Kadil Sinolinding, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Kahal Kedtag, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Marites Maguindra and Department of Tourism Secretary Jehan Mutin Mapupuno.
Hataman warned cabinet officials that he will not hesitate in replacing them if they are caught sleeping on the job and do not conform to the reform agenda.
He also reiterated his earlier pronouncement of stepping down the moment a final agreement is reached between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to give way to the setting up of a new autonomous political entity – the Bangsamoro. BPI