At last! 20,000 ARMM teachers to get unpaid salaries

Isn’t this good news after all? But the salaries were due since September 2005 and according to the bishop from Basilan, the check for the money was already delivered since, was it July 10, 2006? What went wrong? Anyway, let’s thank Allah/God for this joyous news. (Although, maybe the teachers already “sold” this pay to loan sharks?) 

20,000 ARMM teachers to get unpaid salaries

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/27 August) — Some 20, 000 teachers in the
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will soon receive their missing
September 2005 salaries amounting to about P200 million, a top regional
official said.

ARMM Executive Secretary Oscar Sampulna announced last week in a radio
interview that Malacañang has approved the release of a special grant for
unpaid salaries.

Sampulna said the previous administration failed to pay the September 2005
salaries of some 20,000 teachers, the budget for which had been released by
the Department of Education (DepEd) national office.

The release of the unpaid salaries started last Friday.

Sampulna said that it was ARMM Governor Datu Zaldy Puti Uy Ampatuan who
requested Malacañang to release the fund.

He said Ampatuan “has just inherited the problem and was himself stunned
when he learned that the regional DepEd had been divested of some P200
million worth of public funds when he placed the agency under his
ministerial control.”

Sampulna said that outgoing education officials did not even turn over the
department’s financial records to Ampatuan after his election in 2005. (Malu
Cadelina Manar/MindaNews)

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