COTABATO CITY, (PNA) – - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman lauded Friday the region’s Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the prudent use of its 2012 generated savings amounting to P110.5 million.
Hataman said DPWH-ARMM has made remarkable and unprecedented accomplishments under the leadership of its secretary, Emil Sadain.
“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 was preceded by a commendation earlier made by the Department of Budget and Management (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’s 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,” Tina Rose Marie Canda, director of DBM’s Budget and Management Bureau-D, said in a communique.
Canda noted that the savings had been used to procure necessary heavy equipment for the maintenance of roads.
The ARMM government asked DBM’s approval in the utilization of the savings.
Sadain, who is concurrent assistant secretary of DPWH-National Office in Manila, said prudent fiscal management has become the norm in DPWH-ARMM budget spending, resulting in the savings of P110.5 million in 2012.
The DPWH-ARMM has proposed a P5.5 billion budget for its next annual budget, which includes the P2.052-billion appropriation for OPPAP’s Road to Peace Program.