DATU BLAH SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MILG/SDN) — A Municipal Hall will soon rise in this municipality through the Bangsamoro government.
Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, minister of the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) announced this last week, saying his ministry will provide funds for the two-storey building.
“We break grounds today,” he said, “for the construction of a 2-storey municipal hall building in Datu Blah Sinsuat municipality,” the youthful head of the MILG under the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) revealed.
Sinarimbo said the BARMM Chief Minister Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim led the ceremonies that included also the inauguration of the Matuber bridge that links the coastal town to Cotabato City, seat of the Bangsamoro Government.
“This structure is funded by the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government and is aimed at providing this municipality the needed facilities to further improve its service delivery,” he emphasized.
He recalled how Datu Blah Sinsuat was created earlier by the Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA) of the defunct ARMM and for a long time operated with NO Internal Revenue Allocation (IRA).
Only when the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) was ratified that the municipality which is adjacent to Cotabato City, the seat of the Bangsamoro government, was entitled to an IRA.
He said Datu Blah Sinsuat and its residents should be “forever be grateful to” Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri for convincing the House of Representatives to agree to the proposal.
It can be recalled that Zubiri directed Sinarimbo to put in an unequivocal language in the BOL a provision that would entitle the municipality and 10 others so they would be able to receive IRA like other regular municipalities. (✓)