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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 05, 2012


ARMM Gov pushes use of ATM

COTABATO CITY, Jan 5 (PIA) -- Starting February this year, salaries and wages of officials and employees of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be deposited to individual Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards.

ARMM OIC-regional Gov. Mujiv Hataman is pushing the use of ATM for all officials and employees under his watch in withdrawing their salaries and wages starting next month.

The move, he said, is one of major steps to curb graft and corruption in consonance with the thrust of instituting necessary changes and reforms towards good governance.

Hataman said they would be able to draw and track the lists of regular and contractual employees in the ARMM, through use of ATM, citing reports of ghost teachers and workers.

“Hindi ko sinasabi na meron niyan noong sinundan natin, ang sa akin gumagawa tayo ng hakbang upang hindi magkakaroon ng pagkakataon o chance na makalusot ang ganitong masamang gawain para maseguro na ang pera dapat ginagamit sa mga programa at serbisyo na pakikinabangan ng mga tao at komunidad (I am not saying that there were incidents like that before us. For me, we are making a step to disallow any chances to do any wrongdoings to ensure that the money is used on programs and services that will benefit the community), ” Hataman said.

He added that employees in the island provinces expressed objection to the move, citing the distance of nearest location of banks to their workplace such as Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi; which the governor dismisses as shallow and an act of resentment.

This does not deter the resolve of the present leadership to introduce much needed reforms but rather serves as a challenge to push for changes in the ARMM, Hataman said.

He said he is bent on implementing the use of ATM among ARMM officials and employees come February.

Hataman also disclosed to have set a meeting with education and school officials in the ARMM in a bid to resolve the problem of ghost teachers within 100 days. (pbchangco/PIA Cotabato City)

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