COTABATO CITY – Regional Governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Datu Zaldy Uy Ampatuan with Department of Education (DepEd-ARMM) Secretary Udtog Kawit held meeting with the school supervisors and superintendents regarding complaints of non-appointments and unpaid salaries of teachers around the six provinces (Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu, Lanao del Norte, Shariff Aguak and Tawi-Tawi) of the region.

Right after the State of the Region Address (SORA), Governor Zaldy convenes all 100 school supervisors and 10 superintendents at the Conference Hall of the Office of the Regional Governor (ORG) to detail and assess the years-long problem of teachers.

With the presence of Executive Secretary Oscar A. Sampulna and Solicitor General Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi, Gov. Zaldy reviewed their appointments and salaries.

Secretary Udtog Kawit of Department of Education (DepEd-ARMM) once again, clarified the issue that those ‘complaining individuals’ are provisional teachers whose appointments had already been expired, “so they were not given salaries.”

Gov. Ampatuan assured the teachers that those who have appointment will receive their salaries but emphasized that ‘teachers with no valid appointment even if they had rendered services will not be paid’ stressing that it would be illegal to do so.

Dr. Kawit firmly reiterated that ‘provisional teachers,’ in order to get appointments and salaries, should comply with the qualifications set by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) as well as requirements from the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC).

Moreover, Gov. Ampatuan assigned an officer to serve as a liaison of Sulu Superintendent for the fast transportation of documents to the DepEd-ARMM. Carrying teachers’ documents from far-away provinces to the DepEd-ARMM office is often the problem of teachers.

Gov. Ampatuan further emphasized that the additional P1.64 billion he asked from the Congress is intended for the additional capital outlay and for the unremitted GSIS premiums and interests of the previous administration.

The Regional Governor reiterated to resolve the long-overdue problem of mentors as part of his administration’s mission to prioritize the welfare of teachers in the autonomous region. (bpi-armm)

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
November 22, 2007