Local officials in Basilan are all praises to President Aquino and Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for pouring in costly infrastructure projects in the island province this year.
Lamitan City mayor Roderick Furigay said they ought to thank Aquino and Hataman because the city, along with the province’s 11 towns, have greatly benefited from the multi-million peso projects not only in 2015 but also in the past two years.
In Lamitan alone, Furigay said ARMM implemented P1 billion worth of infrastructure projects in the past 24 months.
One such project is the water system designed to supply water from a highland spring in Arco village to dozens of villages downstream, he added. This will also benefit the town of Tuburan.
“Our people will soon have supply of safe drinking water in their villages,” Tuburan mayor Dorie Kallahal said in a Philippine Star report.
Other municipal mayors, on the other hand, are currently implementing more than P3 billion worth of projects to address underdevelopment in the province.
“More very expensive projects had been programmed to be implemented in 2016,” Furigay said.
Hataman has recently signed into law the Muslim Mindanao Act No. 326 authorizing the allocation of P10.1 billion for more infrastructure projects in ARMM starting 2016.
The governor said the amount will be used in the construction, development, upgrading, and operation or maintenance of roads, highways, bridges, water supplies, flood controls, ports, airports and other infrastructure projects.
These projects will be implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DWPH)-ARMM.
Hataman is seeking re-election against fellow Liberal Party (LP) member, Sulu Vice Gov. Abdusakur Tan.