ARMM to construct P1.4 billion worth of infrastructure projects
Cotabato City (February 17, 2016) – In a bid to improve the living conditions in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the region’s Public Works and Highways department (DPWH-ARMM) will implement P1.4 billion worth of infrastructure projects in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Basilan provinces.
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman with DPWH-ARMM Secretary Engr. Don Mustapha Loong inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Tuesday, February 16, with local government executives, specifically the mayors, for the concreting and construction of roads, water systems and fish ports.
Various infrastructure projects in the region are expected to be rolled out this month, ARMM officials said. Each province will be given more than P200 million for the implementation of the projects.
The funding is part of the P10.1 billion approved budget for the rehabilitation, construction and/or repair of local roads, bridges, seaports, and other infrastructure projects in the five provinces of the region.
“We are now doing things more systematically and we are strengthening our partnership with the local government units,” Sec. Loong said. The DPWH-ARMM is investing heavily on roads, bridges and other infrastructures to ease the movement of agriculture products and other goods in the region.
It has targeted to pave a total of 1,520.967 kilometers of roads across the region from 2012-2016. As of February 2016, it has already concreted 701.238 kilometers of roads.
The department has allocated funds for many flagship projects in the region. For this year’s regular infrastructure projects, the department is targeting to construct 485.726 kilometers of roads, 46 bridges, 14 flood control structures, 12 drainage canals, 54 water supply systems, 25 seaports and 41 other projects across the region.
The massive infrastructure program is expected to generate thousands of jobs in the region. “We in the DPWH-ARMM build not only roads, but hopes and dreams as well of the Bangsamoro people. We build roads where people have lost faith in the government, and where government has lost hope that we can build infrastructure in those areas. Through the administration of Governor Hataman, we are going into those areas,” Sec. Loong said.
Mayor Alih Sali of the municipality of Akbar in Basilan province expressed his gratitude to the ARMM government for its efforts. “This is a manifestation of the regional government’s trust to us in handling various projects, this will also help improve the lives and productivity of the farmers in our municipality,” he added.
The municipality of Akbar, received P86 million for the concreting of Lower Sinangkapan-Upper Sinangkapan Road, Caddaya-Lower BatoBato Road and Bohe-Bakung-Mangalut-Mangguso Road.
The projects are being monitored using satellite-based geo-tagging systems and actual site inspection by the district engineering offices and the Regional Project Monitoring Committee. (Bureau of Public Information)