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House approves P9.8 billion ARMM 2010 budget

Isabela, Basilan (20 October) -- In a press statement, Regional Governor Datu Zaldy Uy Ampatuan of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao announced the approval of the ARMM's 2010 budget of P9.827 billion by the House of Representatives last Thursday night. ARMM's 2010 budget is actually lower by 1.7 percent from its current annual budget of P9.994.

Members of the Lower House did not have further interpellation after Tawi-Tawi Lone District Representative Nur Jaafar, chair of the House's Finance and Appropriation Sub-committee “F”, opened the period of interpellation. Maguindanao First District Representative Didagen Dilangalen moved to close and terminate the interpellation, the press statement said.

In earlier press statements from the ARMM's Bureau of Public Information, it was reported that late last month, both Congressman Jaafar and Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate Finance and Appropriation Sub-committee “D”, heard the 2010 ARMM proposed budget in during their respective committee hearings. Both committees threw their support for the passage of the regions' proposed budget.

Regional Governor Ampatuan, who led the ARMM regional officials in the House Plenary Hall to wait for the congressmen's nod, expressed deep gratitude for the support of the lawmakers under the leadership of Speaker Prospero Nograles.

The BPI press statement quoted Gov. Ampatuan as to have said that “The budget of the ARMM for 2010 is way far from what the region needs to fully realize its needed peace and socio-economic development programs, especially that the region has been affected by both natural and man-made calamities. However, I am very much gratified with all the support extended to us by our lawmakers for the immediate approval of our budget.”

The autonomous region under Ampatuan's second term has already formulated the region's peace and socio-economic development blue print for the next three years (2009-2011), better known as the Regional Executive and Legislative Agenda (ARELA). The main trusts of which is focused on Peace and Security; Development Administration and Governance; Economic Development; Social Services; and Infrastructure Support and Logistics.

The press statement also said that both House's Finance and Appropriation Sub-committees saw the need to support the region, whose education and health services have been lagging behind from other regions of the country due to several factors, among which is the problem on peace and order that have already displaced almost half a million people for more than a year now.

The efforts of the region's line agencies have been focused for the relief and rehabilitation of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) aside from their regular development programs. (BPI/PIA9-BST) [top]

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