Mamasapano receives P667 million worth of infra projects from ARMM
Cotabato City (January 21, 2016) – Del Dagadas, a 42-year old farmer from Barangay Tukanalipao in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, has been optimistic these days. His current sentiment, shared by local farmers and residents, is a reversal of what he felt a year ago especially after the tragedy that claimed over 60 lives in early morning of January 25, 2015.
To help Mamasapano residents improve their lives, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has earmarked P667 million for infrastructure to be constructed within the municipality, including recently completed high-impact projects.
Dagadas cites the 120-meter Tukanalipao footbridge known as ‘Bridge of Peace’ and the 880-meter Tukanalipao Road, where the Mamasapano incident happened that are now accessible to local residents.
“Su dala pan bridge ba niya na ibelipag nami e mga produkto nami san sa footbridge a malemu gageba, u di menem na beladaw kami san ba sa pulangi ah. Aren antu na ibageda sa pambut (Before this bridge was constructed, we used to move our agricultural products through a weak footbridge, or by walking through the river. Sometimes, we transport them through the motor boat),” Dagadas said.
“Saguna na malemu den e kapembedtas, malemu ren e kabelyu endu kabeludup nami di kena mana kanu nona. Masla e kindtabang na kinaumbal a nya sa titayan sa lekami a mga bangangawid (Now, our farms are easily accessible and we are able to transport our products smoothly unlike before. The construction of this bridge benefits us farmers),” he added.
Engr. James Mlok, head of ARMM’s 2nd district engineering office, said his office has implemented various infrastructure projects that include a footbridge, access roads, school buildings and water sanitation projects.
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said these projects will surely deliver development and peace in the area. He added that the region’s infrastructure program will help boost ARMM’s economic development, agricultural growth, and programs aimed at poverty alleviation.
Aside from the bridge and access road, the ARMM’s Public Works and Highways department (DPWH-ARMM) constructed eight (8) school buildings, namely Hadji Salik Kalaing Elementary School, Hadji Kalaing National High School, Tatak PS, Libutan Elementary School, Datu Tahir Central Elementary School, Datu Tahir Ampatuan National High School, Mamasapano National High School, and Maulana National High School.
DPWH-ARMM also put up eight (8) water and sanitation facilities in the following schools Datu Tahir Ampatuan National High School, Maulana National High School, Tuka Elementary School, Datu Tahir Central Elementary School, Hadji Salik Kalaing Elementary School, Linantangan Elementary School, Lusay Elementary School and Pidsandawan Elementary School.
The funds used in constructing the school buildings and in completing the water sanitation projects came from the ARMM’s Department of Education.
“Sobrang saya po namin ngayon dahil maayos at maganda na ang aming paaralan (We are very glad that we now have a better school building),” said Montasser Tago, Grade 10 student of Hadji Salik Kalaing National High School
“Hindi na namin kailangan manatili sa mainit at maliit na classroom na dating bodega, kaya po sobra po kaming nagpapasalamat sa ARMM government (We don’t need to stay in an old warehouse-turned classroom that is humid and small, that’s why we are very thankful to the ARMM government).”
“We will also construct different infrastructure projects in Barangay Tukanalipao, under the ARMM’s Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance and Synergy (HELPS) program,” Engr. Mlok said.
ARMM HELPS is the region’s banner program that aims at bringing a convergence of government services closer to the people through the delivery of integrated and enhanced interventions in identified communities. (Bureau of Public Information)