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ARMM officials to push for anti-poverty project in strife-torn areas

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Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Mujiv Hataman said on Saturday that the regional government will maximize the implementation of a poverty alleviation project that aims to restore normalcy in the province after the conflict in Marawi City.

The ARMM-Bridge or Bangsamoro Regional Inclusive Development for Growth and Empowerment program is a community-driven, anti-poverty initiative aimed at providing beneficiary-communities with water, sanitation, food, shelter and electricity.

The program caters to 10 of 39 towns in Lanao del Sur, namely: Piagapo, Kapai, Lumba-Bayabao, Bacolod-Kalawi, Lumbayanague, Lumbaca-Unayan, Marogong, Butig, Sultan Damalundong and Sultan Gumander, which are predominantly Maranao areas.

Maranao lawmaker Zia Alonto Adiong, member of the ARMM Regional Assembly and spokesperson of the Lanao del Sur provincial crisis management committee, said on Saturday that they will support the implementation of the ARMM-BRIDGE in the province.

“This program can help boost our efforts to address socio-economic problems brought about by the trouble in Marawi City,” said Adiong.

The crisis management committee is facilitating relief and rehabilitation missions for some 300,000 displaced Marawi residents, with the assistance of the ARMM Humanitarian Emergency Assistance and Response Team.

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