ARMM gov to hold surprise visits to LGUs; Para aktuhan mga tamad at pala-absent

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Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman is going hard after absentee and non-performing local chief executives in 2018, with a series of unannounced visits and inspections.

Hataman said this after Defense Secretary and Martial Law administrator in Mindanao Delfin Lorenzana ordered a closer monitoring of local chief executives in Mindanao.

“Magkakaalaman na,” Hataman said (https://armm.gov.ph/governor-mujiv-hataman-warns-non-performing-lgus/).

He added these local chief executives were voted by the people, and as such, “they should be in their offices.”

Earlier, Lorenzana noted the absence of local chief executives, “some cases, results in the total failure in the delivery of vital basic services to their constituents.”

“This situation presents a very serious concern as the lack of basic services leads to a general dissatisfaction with government, which has been determined to be one of the leading causes for individuals to join rebel, or extremist groups,” Lorenzana said.

Hataman said Lorenzana’s order will help determine who among the local chief executives are not performing their job.

Martial Law was declared over Mindanao on May 23 last year, after fighting broke out between government troops and ISIS-inspired Maute fighters in Marawi City.

But while the fighting ended in October, ARMM said military and police intelligence sources claimed that extremist groups were still recruiting new members in parts of Mindanao.

Lorenzana said the military, police and other law enforcement agencies should assist the ARMM governor and provincial chief executives in monitoring local government executives’ presence in their areas.

“At the end of each month, regular compliance and evaluation reports are to be consolidated at the provincial level and submitted to the Office of the Martial Law Administrator,” the instruction letter noted.