MALUSO, Basilan (March 4) – Some P8-Million worth of projects under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s flagship program – Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance Synergy (ARMM-HELPS) were turned over in two barangays here on March 4.
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman led the turn-over of the P5.4-Million barangay hall and multi-purpose building in Barangay Tubigan, and the P2-Million fishing livelihood project in Barangay Lower Port Holland.
Hataman said the regional government is now focused on delivering socio-economic and infrastructure projects to the towns all over ARMM.
Director Anwar Upahm of the ARMM-HELPS said Barangay Tubigan will also receive birthing facilities, armchairs for schools, and cattle for farmers this year. Barangay Port Holland had earlier received a barangay hall and a youth and women center.
“Sa tagal po namin dito sa Barangay Tubigan hindi po namin lubos maisip na magkakaroon ng mga magagandang projects dito sa lugar namin,” Tubigan village chair Aurellano Laping said.
“Napakasaya po ng mga tao dito sa lugar namin dahil pwede na po sila maglaro at magtipon-tipon sa multi-purpose building,” Laping added.
Upahm said ARMM-HELPS has served a total of 85 barangays in Basilan since 2014. Eight of the villages– Batungal, Tamuk, Taberlongan, Upper Port Holland, Tubigan, Abong-Abong, Fuente Maluso and Lower Port Holland –are in Maluso.
“We are glad about the bulk of projects given to the people of Maluso,” Mayor Hanie Bud said, adding that the projects will help uplift his constituents’ lives and will promote peaceful and safe environment.
The town of Maluso is a recipient of last year’s Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award along with other 19 towns in the region. Maluso used to be a lair of kidnap-for-ransom groups.
The ARMM-HELPS is a convergence initiative of the regional government and is regarded as the centerpiece of the Hataman administration, which has been pursuing programs through the regional line agencies.
The ARMM-HELPS projects include barangay health stations, flea markets and water systems. It also supports cooperatives, and provides medicines and birthing supplies and equipment for its health component.
It pushes for the development of a madaris curriculum, as well as the construction of community learning centers, as tools to combat violent extremism.
The recipients are the ones who identify the projects. Since its creation in 2013, the ARMM-HELPS has served 403 barangays in the region’s five provinces. It will serve 150 other barangays this year.
SOURCE: (Bureau of Public Information)
March 05, 2018 @ 16:47