The Bangsamoro Government through its Ministry of the Interior and Local Government is bringing the BARMM construction boom to its Special Geographic Area in North Cotabato.
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(SDN) — More structures are rising in areas under the parliamentary Bangsamoro government.
And the best thing about these construction program, apparently none is left behind.
Through the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) headed by Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo, municipal halls, Philippine National Police (PNP) stations, and barangay halls — and, lately, public markets — are growing like mushroom, so to speak, in various communities in the Bangsamoro region.
And true to its mandate, the MILG is also constructing barangay halls in the BARMM’s Special Geographic Area (SGA) in North Cotabato, the 63 barangays (villages) which joined the Bangsamoro new political entity (NPE) in a referendum. North Cotabato itself is not under the BARMM.
Hear it from the MILG.
“We break grounds today for a total of 14 Barangay Halls in Kabacan Cluster and Carmen Cluster of the Special Geographic Area consisting of the 63 barangays from North Cotabato,” Sinarimbo said.
“We also break ground for the first time for a Public Market from the BARMM, implemented thru our Ministry, in Barangay Manarapan of the Carmen Cluster.”
He identified the communities where the new structures are going to be constructed.
The recipient barangays of the projects are the following: For Kabacan Cluster — Barangays Pedtad, Sagadong, Buluan, Nangaan, Simune, Simbuhay, and Tamped. For Carmen Cluster — Barangays Manarapan, Pebpuluan, Kitulan, Langogan, Kibayao, Nasapian, and Tupeg.
The MILG chief pins hopes on the significance of the new buildings in the governance of the recipient communities.
Our hope is that these Barangay Halls will greatly improve government service delivery at the level of the barangay and that the Public Market will trigger economic activities in these cluster of barangays,” Sinarimbo emphasized.
Observers, meanwhile, have noted that the sprouting of buildings in the BARMM headed by Interim Chief Minister Ahod Balawag “Al-Hajj Murad” Ebrahim has never been experienced by the population during 20 years lifespan of the defunct Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Recall that the ARMM had several regional governors, with two of them leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
They said the good thing about the BARMM, it has in its arsenal the hands of the National Government and Congress behind it which translates to substantial budget allocation, thanks to the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), President Rodrigo R. Duterte and, of course, the former and late President Benigno S. Aquino III.
While the ARMM did not have a budget allocation like the BARMM’s, the Mindanao affairs observers pointed out that the ARMM could have done more for the Moro people. Sadly, no.
Comprising the BARMM are Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, and the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi, as well as the 63 villages in North Cotabato. (EDD K. USMAN) — (✓)
Featured image is an artist’s concept of the two-storey Barangay Halls to be constructed (other areas already finished).