COTABATO CITY: The Department of Public Works and Highways in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DPWH-ARMM) has been lauded for its prudent use of its 2012 P110.5-million savings.
In the recent Budget Hearing, the DPWH-ARMM proposed a P5.5-billion budget for next year that includes P2.052 billion for Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp) Road to Peace program. .
Regional Gov. Mujiv Hataman said DPWH-ARMM has made remarkable and unprecedented accomplishments under the leadership of Regional Secretary Emil Sadain.
“Secretary Sadain has enforced prudent fiscal management that allowed the department to generate savings used to fund the procurement of equipment and additional projects. This is part of the reforms we want to establish in ARMM,” he said.
Hataman’s citation follows a commendation earlier issued by the DBM citing DPWH-ARMM for “a job well done.”
“We commend your prudent approach in the utilization of funds for the purpose of improving ARMM services. We assure you of our continued support in your efforts to implement cost-efficient programs and projects that led to increased DPWH-ARMM productivity,” Director Tina Rose Marie Canda, of DBM Budget and Management Bureau-D, said in a letter.
Canda noted that the savings generated have been used to procure much needed heavy equipment for the maintenance of roads in the Muslim autonomous region.
ARMM asked DBM approval in the utilization of the savings generated by DPWH-ARMM.
In a related development, lawyer Laisa Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, also congratulated Sadain and his department, encouraging them to “keep up the good work.”
“Let us continue working for the fulfillment of the aspirations of the constituents of the ARMM,” the ARMM executive secretary said.
Sadain said prudent fiscal management has become the norm in DPWH-ARMM budget spending, resulting in the savings of P110.5 million for Fiscal Year 2012.
“The generated savings were subsequently used in the procurement of heavy construction equipment and monitoring vehicles for the use of the regional office, our eight district engineering offices and five area equipment services in the provinces of ARMM,” the ARMM public works secretary said.
Sadain who also holds the designation as an assistant secretary of DPWH-National, said he introduced policy reforms and institutional development to strengthen the capability and capacity of officials and employees of the department since his assumption.
He said this allows the department to contribute to the transformation of the ARMM into respectable institution able to respond to the needs of its constituents.
“We welcome challenges that come our way. The DPWH-ARMM has remained steadfast from the start of its reform struggles, be it on its official mandate as infrastructure arm of the region, fiscal management on government funds, institutional development of the agency and capacity building of its personnel,” Sadain further said.