Cotabato City (June 27, 2018) – To fast track the implementation of projects and sustain infrastructure development in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the region’s district engineering offices received additional new heavy equipment on Wednesday, June 27.
Three units of excavator were turned over by the regional government to Lanao del Sur and Tawi-Tawi engineering offices. The remaining four units of six-wheeler dump truck and a unit of an amphibious excavator are also set to be delivered in the region’s engineering district offices by the third week of July. These equipment cost P58 million.
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said the new heavy equipment will augment the workforce as the region pours new infrastructure investments in the region.
For Engr. Luzvimin Sani of Lanao del Sur’s first engineering district, the new equipment will help in the recovery and rehabilitation program for Marawi City and other towns in Lanao del Sur. “The region’s Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-ARMM) is now working to help on the timely completion of the development works in Marawi City (which suffered in) last year’s conflict,” Engr. Sani said.
In the second engineering district of Lanao del Sur, Engr. Abib Arumpac said this is the first time the district office received an excavator. “This can help in the de-clogging of drainage and waterways since we experienced landslides in our areas,” Engr. Arumpac said, noting it can also prevent heavy damage to road networks.
With the number of infra projects in Tawi-Tawi, Engr. Tony Kamlani said the new equipment will help the province accomplish infrastructure projects on time.
The DPWH-ARMM will also grant new equipment to Maguindanao particularly in areas affected by flooding and to augment the dredging works in Rio Grande de Mindanao. Masses of water hyacinths have been identified as the major cause of flooding in some areas in the province.
“Kasama sa reporma na pinapatupad ng administrasyong Hataman ay hindi lang ang pagkakaroon ng magandang sistema at teknolohiya kundi pati ang pagbigay ng mga dekalidad na kagamitan sa mga district engineering offices na mapapakinabangan ng mga kababayan natin sa ARMM,” DPWH-ARMM Secretary Don Mustapha Loong said.
Sec. Loong said with more infrastructure projects, people in the region will have better access to tourism sites, will help boost the region’s economy as transport of goods and products will be cheaper, and will help uplift the peoples’ lives.
The ARMM has programmed this year a big number projects across the region. To date, the Hataman administration has completed 1,468 kilometers of roads, 84 bridges, 188 water supply systems, 28 flood control structures, 55 drainage systems, 75 seaports, and 49 shore protection and other infra projects.
SOURCE: (Bureau of Public Information)
June 27, 2018 @ 16:54