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(SDN) — SOON to rise are three new municipal halls in three towns in Tawi-Tawi.
The island province located in Western Mindanao (Region IX) is one of the component areas of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). It’s a mere speed boat ride to Sabah (North Borneo), the mineral rich island that’s a contentious territory between the Philippines and Malaysia.
BARMM’s Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) headed by Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo has been building infrastructures in the Bangsamoro region, something that’s never seen before in the Muslim majority part of Mindanao.
As peace has dawned in the Bangsamoro homeland the dividends of peace have started to be felt by the population.
BARMM is comprised of the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi as well as the 63 barangays or villages designated as Special Geographic Area (SGA) in North Cotabato.
Sinarimbo has been putting ink to paper as he signs several accords with the region’s local government units (LGUs) to implement the much-sought projects.
“We signed three Memoranda of Agreements for the construction of three more Municipal Hall buildings for the municipalities of South Ubian, Sibutu, and Turtle Island, Province of Tawi Tawi,” the MILG head said.
He added that the Turtle Island is the furthest and last municipality of the country down south and borders Malaysia. It is just 20 minutes to Malaysia by boat. It also hosts the Turtle Island marine sanctuary and protected area, home of the famous but endangered “pawikan” (giant turtle).
He assured the projects are in line with the Bangsamoro government’s desire for inclusivity.
“Our commitment as directed by the Chief Minister Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim is for our services to be made available to every corner of the Bangsamoro homeland, no matter the distance. We also hope that these projects will better service delivery at the level of the LGUs (local government units),” Sinarimbo pointed out. (EKU)
Featured image is an artist rendition of municipal hall.