ARMM to undertake P100M devt plan for Polloc Free Port
Cotabato City (02 October 2014) – The working government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is set to implement a P100-million development plan to turn Polloc Free Port in Parang town, Maguindanao into a fully operational special economic zone.
The plan includes the relocation of informal settlers within the premises of the port and the construction and rehabilitation of key facilities, according to Mimbalawag Mangutara, Polloc Free Port manager.
In a radio interview, Mangutara said they have already started talks to facilitate the transfer of around 500 families to a 10.9-hectare lot procured by the ARMM government. The dialogue involved port officials, local government officials and leaders of the setters.
Mangutara assured the settlers that basic amenities like water and electricity will be made accessible to them in the proposed relocation site.
“We appeal to everyone to support these initiatives to revive the once thriving economy here in Polloc,” he said.
Mangotara said a number of investors have already signified interest in putting up business in Polloc once its development is complete.
The Polloc Free Port development plan will include the construction of perimeter fence, fully-equipped control tower, a warehouse complex and a separate building to house a power generator and the repair of the docking area.
“We need to upgrade Polloc port to make it favorable to the booming business climate in ARMM, where local and foreign investments will generate income and jobs for our constituents,” said Mangutara. (Bureau of Public Information)