Cotabato City (November 12, 2015) – The Regional Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has confirmed on Wednesday the appointment of Dr. John Magno as secretary of the region’s Department of Education (DepEd-ARMM).
Members of the RLA’s Commission on Appointments unanimously voted in favor of the confirmation of Dr. Magno.
Dr. Magno previously served as DepEd-ARMM’s assistant secretary for operation. He vowed to continue the reforms that have been introduced by the administration of ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman in the department.
“We give you our best assurances that we shall strive even more to institute changes in our educational system geared towards uplifting not just the quality of education in the region, but also the moral of our teachers,” he said.
Prior his confirmation, the RLA’s committee on education, arts, culture and sports development chaired by Assemblyman Majul U. Gandamra of the first district of Lanao del Sur conducted a hearing on Tuesday to review Dr. Magno’s appointment.
“In the course of the interpellation, the nominee substantiated the information and documents required, and answered questions regarding the operations, thrusts, and programs of this department, the committee found he is qualified and competent to serve in the position,” said Ziaur-Rahman Adiong, assemblyman of the first district of Lanao del Sur and the committee vice-chairman.
Adiong said their committee recommended the confirmation of Dr. Magno.
Dr. Magno was appointed as DepEd-ARMM secretary by ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman on May 22, 2015, following the resignation of lawyer Jamar Kulayan from the post. Kulayan’s three-year tenure was marked by administrative and financial reforms in the once problematic agency.
Dr. Magno enjoys strong support from the more than 22,000 teachers in the region.
Mercy Mae Estaura, a high school teacher from Marawi City, said she supports the new secretary and expects continuous improvements in the department.
“We are hoping to see more reforms sa aming department, katulad ng professionalization of hiring of teachers, ‘yung on-time release of salary of teachers, bukod pa sa iba (We are hoping to see more reforms in our department, like the professionalization of the hiring of teachers, and the on-time release of salary of teachers, among others).” (Bureau of Public Information)