COTABATO CITY: Human rights violation is not just about the killing of innocent people. It is also about depriving people of basic services and socio economic development.
This point was stressed by Engr. Emil Sadain, Public Works Secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao during the celebration yesterday of the International Human Rights Day at ARMM that was attended by thousands of people.
“Depriving society of due basic services and socio-economic development assistance is tantamount to injustice,” he said, hinting at “government ineptitude and negligence.”
Sadain said he does not want this to happen in ARMM. “That’s why we do everything legal and moral to make up for the lapses of government in providing good roads and bridges in ARMM.”
The ARMM celebrated the 10th founding anniversary of the Commission on Human Rights for ARMM and was led by ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman along with his regional cabinet members and other workers.
Lawyer Jamar Kulayan, regional secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd), said that his agency reform agenda has brought forth a leap exceeding even an Islamic mandate on human resource management.
Kulayan said Hadith (records of Prophet Mohammad’s deeds and teaching) talks about the Islamic mandate that “workers should receive their wages before their sweats dried up.”
“In our case, we do more than what is mandated. We pay our teachers even before they start sweating,” said Kulayan, referring to the advances and loans privileges of the ARMM teachers, which drawing loud cackles among the audience.
Later, he told The Times that since his administration started, it has resolved the issue of long delays of wages ranging from three-months to one year of 25,000 teachers and administrative workers.
“Since early this year, we release [teachers’] salaries as early as the 15th day of every month,” he said.
In his succeeding speech, Gov. Hataman urged the ARMM’s teachers’ to cooperate and to observe a “high sense of responsibility” to do their mandates as basic source of education.
“You rights are protected and promoted. Please do your responsibility, too,” Hataman said in reference to the regional teaching workforce.