COTABATO CITY -- Governor Mujiv Hataman turned emotional on Monday as he thanked the officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao's (ARMM) five provinces, including the regional Cabinet, for their support to his administration during the State of the Region Address (SORA).
Hataman delivered his second, and may be the last, Sora in a jam-packed Sharif Kabunsuan Cultural Hall at the Office of the Regional Government compound in this city.
Hataman said the success they have achieved is the fruits of his administration’s efforts in carrying out the tasks for the betterment of the public, which people reciprocated with support and cooperation.
The governor’s achievements included the improvement of the region's gross regional domestic product (GRDP) to 3.6 percent in 2013 from 1.1 percent growth in 2012.
The investments poured into the region by the business sector have already reached P3.372 billion as of the third quarter of 2014, which is more than double than last year's P1.46 billion, said Hataman.
He attributed the improvement in investments to the successful peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
He also attributed the investment improvement to the reforms they have pushed in running the governmental affairs of the region.
He said the maternal mortality rate of the region has dropped to 51 per hundred thousand live births in 2013 from 245 per hundred thousand live births in 2008 based on the national demographic health survey.
"This (mortality rate) is even lower compared to the national rate of 152 per hundred thousand live births," he added. He said the infant mortality rate of ARMM also declined to 16 per hundred thousand live births in 2013 from 28 per hundred thousand in 2012.
The holders of PhilHealth cards have already reached to 1,535,661 as of October 2014 from 835,153 in 2008. The number of PhilHealth accredited hospitals in ARMM's five provinces increased to 37 this year from 28 in 2012, while the regional health unit from 19 two years ago to 50 at present.
Among those who attended Hataman's Sora were Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Mohagher Iqbal, peace panel chairman of the MILF.