Cotabato City (09 June 2015) – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman turned over a newly constructed two-unit public market to the municipality of Upi in Maguindanao on Tuesday, 09 June.Governor Hataman said the 336 square-meter public market worth P5 million is supported by the Special Regional Economic Development Assistance fund.
Municipal Engineer Herardo Carino said the project was implemented by the local government unit of Upi. The P5-million project includes the rehabilitation of an 81 square-meter comfort room and a 192 square-meter dry goods building.
Mayor Ramon Piang of Upi extended his gratitude to the ARMM regional government for its consistent support to the municipality. “The construction of the market stalls will help the local economy of the town,” Mayor Piang said.
“(The) municipality of Upi deserves to receive various projects because (one) can see how the town has improved,” Gov. Hataman said. He also commended the residents of Upi for supporting the programs of their municipality.
The town of Upi is a recipient of awards and citations on good governance including the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) from the Department of Interior and Local Government.
The SGH is in line with the national government’s commitment to “aggressively scale up interventions and elevate the practice of governance that values transparency, accountability, participation and performance into an institutionalized status.” The governor also vowed to construct the 4.1-kilometer road from Barangay Tinungkaan to Barangay Bugabungan worth P50 million.
“We are very grateful for the projects given to us,” said Romeo Roxas, Barangay Chairman of Bugabungan, a top performing barangays in the municipality of Upi and also a recipient of ARMM’s Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and governance and Synergy, or HELPS, projects. (Bureau of Public Information)