MAGUINDANAO – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will build a P100-million Maguindanao government center in the town of Buluan, the provincial capital.
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman and Maguindanao Governor Esmail Mangudadatu led the ground-breaking of the center on Monday. Also present during the ceremony were Interior Secretary Kirby Matalam Abdullah, Tourism Secretary Bai Ayesha Mangudadatu Dilangalen, Engr. James Mlok of Maguindanao 2nd District Engineering Office, and former Buluan Mayor Ibrahim Mangudadatu.
The two-storey building will sit on a 1.8-hectare land where it shall house several government agencies. It forms part of the provincial government complex.
Gov. Hataman said the building will facilitate improved delivery of services of the provincial government to its constituents. “Sinisigurado natin na ang mga proyekto natin ay mayroong social impact sa sinasakupan natin,” he said.
Gov. Mangudadatu thanked the regional government and President Rodrigo Duterte for the support in the development of the provincial center.
The project is funded under the ARMM’s Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 2017 budget and is expected to be finished in 12 months.
Among the flagship projects of DPWH-ARMM in Maguindanao are the Datu Odin Sinsuat-Datu Blah Sinsuat-Lebak Coastal Road that connects Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat provinces and the Pigcawayan-Budon-Barira-Butig Road that connects the provinces of Maguindanao, North Cotabato and Lanao del Sur.
Maguindanao is also to receive P2.49 billion worth of infrastructure projects from the ARMM this year. These include barangay roads, water systems, drainage systems and flood control projects.
To promote transparency and efficiency, the DPWH-ARMM currently harnesses the E-ARMM system, wherein a website was established to create a database containing information on road projects, including connectivity conditions, and other public infrastructure projects within the region.
The E-ARMM comprises a network involving the regional office and eight district engineering offices that will serve as data repository. It promotes transparency and allows the general public to check the status of projects under construction. (Bureau of Public Information)
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