P20-M worth of infras turned over to LGUs in Maguindanao

July 3, 2010 9:02 pm 

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao, July 3 – The peace and development agency of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has turned over two major infrastructure projects to four local government units in Maguindanao.

The 7-year-old ARMM Social Fund Project has turned over the "Mother and Child Pavilion" and a 2-storey-8 classroom buildings constructed at the compound of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in Barangay Labu-Labu, Shariff Aguak and at Barangay Limpongo, Datu Hofer municipalities, both in Maguindanao.

"We are glad that through the concerted efforts of our stakeholders under the leadership of Acting Regional Governor Ansaruddin A. Adiong, these facilities were completed and will help boost the socio-economic development in Maguindanao," Engr. Nasser G. Sinarimbo, ASFP project manager, said.

Maguindanao has become politically and economically unstable due to dislocation of families triggered by what is now known as the Maguindanao massacre.

"This will usher in a good beginning for the people of Maguindanao as the facilities will address the high incidence of maternal and child mortality rates and lack of support to educational requirements of the displaced families,” Sinarimbo said.

Adiong, in his message read by Deputy Executive Secretary Abdullah Kusain, said that “the turnover of facilities signaled an improved delivery of needed services as both are complementary and one can hardly learn if health and nutrition is compromised.”

Adiong expressed his gratitude to the ARMM Social Fund Project for the speedy construction of the facilities and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for pouring in funds through a soft loan by the Philippine government.

Tomonori Kikuchi, first secretary of the Embassy of Japan, said soft aid package like the construction of infrastructure projects fall under the Japan Technical Cooperation Program aimed at assisting the ARMM in its peace and development initiatives.

Part of the first and second batch of 33 Strategic Regional Infrastructures (SRIs) implemented by

ASFP spent about P20.4 million the construction of the pavilion (P12.9 million) and school building (P7.5 million).

Recently, two Local Government Centers in the municipalities of Rajah Buayan and Datu Saudi, Maguindanao were also turned over to LGUs to ensure project maintenance and sustainability.

The ASFP is also supported by the World Bank. (PNA)

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