ARMM Gov opens foreign funded access road to ARMM regional sea port

January 17, 2010 11:44 am 

PARANG, Maguindanao, Jan. 17 -– Regional Gov. Ansaruddin Adiong of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Saturday inaugurated a foreign-assisted access road and turned it over to Port management in what officials said was an added push to regional efforts for stronger business activities in the region.

Adiong turned over the project to Polloc Port Manager Moharim Mohammad and Engr. Nasser Sinarimbo, ARMM Social Fund Project (ASFP) manager.

The access road, involving 6,000-meter long and eight-meter wide, and built-in with rubber fenders on the coast side, has been rehabilitated and fully paved with a cost of P22.8-million with funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through the ASFP.

"The opening of the access road would signal the start of the ARMM government’s vision to operate fully the Polloc Port as a regional hub of marine transport activities," Adiong said in his statement at the ceremonies.

“Rehabilitation and Improvements of ports in ARMM is one of the Autonomous Regional Government's priority projects,” Adiong added.

The turnover rites were also attended by local and regional officials, including Pagras Biruar, who was installed as general manager of the Regional Ports Management Authority (RPMA) a day before the occasion.

Mohammad said the concreting and rehabilitation of wharf road network would ensure smooth, efficient and effective movement and delivery of port services at the Polloc Port.

Sinarimbo said Polloc Port has a total land area of 123.0353 hectares which is potential to be transformed into an international seaport, a reason the ASFP sought the fund support from the JICA through its Strategic Regional Infrastructure (SRI).

Sinarimbo said that efficient sea ports operations are imperative in the socio-economic upliftment of the autonomous region.

ASFP has been implementing vital projects in ARMM that include education, health, infrastructure and other socio-economic concerns, he said.

Also present during the inaugural rites were JICA officials headed by JICA representative Tito Oria, JICA head of consultants Engr. Domingo Guarinio and Maguindanao OIC Governor Nariman Ambolodto.

Adiong said it is expected the port management will help generate revenue for the regional operations of the region's biggest port facilities.

The Port of Polloc, located in Barangay Sarmiento, Parang, Maguindanao, is situated in the proposed Regional Economic Zone for the ARMM. (PNA)



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