ARMM’S P12-billion budget hike questioned

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - News - (Llanesca T. Panti, The Manila Times)

MANILA – A P12-billion increase in the proposed 2017 budget for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has been questioned by Rep. Shernee Tan of Kusug Tausug party-list group.

The autonomous region is asking for a P41-billion budget for next year, from P29 billion for 2016.

Tan cited government records showing that only 1.67 percent of the P1.5billion ARMM budget for building classrooms have been utilized for this year.

According to the Department of Public Works and Highways, classrooms in the ARMM have remained unfinished despite a P731-million budget allocated for the purpose for 2014 and P1.2 billion for 2015.

“Where are ARMM’S billions? Much of them are unaccounted for. Sulu, in particular, did not benefit from any infrastructure projects of the local government as school buildings and roads remain decrepit and unimproved,” Tan said in a statement on Wednesday.

“I hope that this will prompt the Ombudsman to investigate the Hataman administration and file appropriate charges against those responsible for such disservice to the ARMM people,” Tan added.

She was referring to ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman.

Secretary Don Loong of the DPWH-ARMM leads other officials in making their courtesy call to the office of Rep. Shernee Tan after the ARMM Budget Hearing last week.

Meeting with Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (All photos from Kusug Tausug Partylist Volunteers Facebook page)

"It is my honor to be at your presence today and I am privileged to represent the Tausug people in their struggle for social and economic development in order to uplift them from the bondage of poverty. It is the late President Magsaysay who once said that Those who have less in life, should have more in law. These fundamental principles are my tools to guide me in this hearing so that in the end, the Filipino people in general and the Tausug people in particular, will be better served by this humble representation. Let today's hearing be the first step in the journey of the Tausug people in their aspiration for a better life." Rep. Shernee Tan

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