ARMM implements P77M worth of infra projects in Mamasapano
Cotabato City (26 March 2015) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will put up various infrastructure projects, amounting to a total of P77.336 million, in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao to help rehabilitate and address the development needs of conflict-affected communities in the area.
The projects include school buildings, water and sanitation facilities, a bridge, access road and a mosque.
“Gagawin naming oportunidad ang nangyari (noong January 25) sa Mamasapano upang mas gumanda ang buhay ng mga kababayan natin dito,” said ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman.
Hataman is optimistic that the projects will help usher in peace and development in the area.
The region’s Department of Public Works and Highways will construct a total of nine school buildings costing P44.397 million in different schools in the municipality.
Funds for the six school buildings will come from the Department of Education-ARMM and the remaining three will be funded from DPWH-ARMM’s savings, amounting to P3.5 million.
DPWH-ARMM will also build eight water and sanitation facilities costing P5.439 million, and P9 million worth of water supply systems in different identified barangays.
Emil Sadain, DPWH-ARMM secretary, said the projects will help address the development needs of communities that have been affected by the 25 January Mamasapano incident and the ensuing military offensive.
In addition to the school buildings and water facilities, Sadain said ARMM will construct an 880m access road from Tukanalipao proper to Sittio Ameril, amounting to P7.5 million, and a 120m, P10 million steel footbridge.
Moreover, ARMM will fund the construction of a mosque amounting to P1 million in Barangay Tukanalipao, which will be undertaken by the Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army’s 6th Infantry Division.
On Wednesday, Hataman together with Major General Edmundo Pangilinan, PA-6ID commanding general, Mamasapano Mayor Tahirodin Benzar A. Ampatuan, Sadain, and Director Ramil Masukat, ARMM’s Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Officer, led the ground breaking rites of the school building, water and sanitation, and mosque projects.
Hataman said the involvement of the army in the implementation of the infrastructure projects in Mamasapano shows that the military is supportive of the Mindanao peace process.
“Hindi digmaan ang dala namin kung hindi pag-unlad ng inyong komunidad at pamayanan, hindi rin kahirapan ang hatid namin kung hindi kaayusan at pagbigay sa inyo ng tamang pangkabuhayan,” he added.
ARMM also provided livelihood assistance to the 10 civilian families affected in the 25 January Mamasapano incident during the groundbreaking. The assistance included four mechanized hand tractors and six passenger tricycles. (Bureau of Public Information)