24 March 2014
Work on the P500 million community projects in ARMM gets underway
COTABATO CITY- Work on the construction of a cluster of public facilities at identified communities in Maguindanao province gets underway following the groundbreaking rites led Sunday by Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman.
Pandag, a farming village of around 2,700 people at a town that shares its name, and Dulangan, also a farming village, in Datu Odin Sinsuat town are two of the recipient communities in the province of ARMM’s Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance, and Synergy (ARMM-HELPS) program.
Hataman said the region will put up, in each village, a barangay hall, covered court, children’s park, health center and day care center.
The project also includes a livelihood program that will be picked out by the villagers themselves, he said, through the community driven development (CDD) approach.
Through ARMM-HELPS, the ARMM government will be investing a total of P10 million in each identified barangay, a total of 50 pilot barangays all over the region with 10 in each of the five component provinces.
The P500 million fund allocated for the project is included in ARMM’s 2014 general appropriations.
Government service is mostly scarce in these communities. The town of Pandag is one of the municipalities in ARMM that don’t have internal revenue allotment (IRA).
“We want to bring government service to these communities and uplift their living condition,” Hataman said.
During Sunday’s groundbreaking rites, a number of villagers were happy to see high-ranking government officials, led by Hataman, come to their place for the first time with a package of assistance meant to improve their lives.
Zabidee Abdullah, 46, a farmer and father of 6 in Pandag said they all look forward to the completion of the projects.
“We are thankful to the ARMM government. This is really a big help,” he said in vernacular.(Bureau of Public Information)