MILG Continues Infrastructure Projects for BARMM Constituency


By EDD K. USMAN | @edd1819 | @bluestar0910 | SDN — Science and Digital News

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(SDN) — Another public market will soon be built through the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) of the parliamentary Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The public market is the second so far in the line up of MILG infrastructure projects all over the Bangsamoro region. Covered by the projects include municipal halls, Philippine National Police (PNP) stations, barangay halls, public markets, and public terminals (with the first to be built in Guindulungan, Maguindanao).

Comprising the BARMM are the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Tawi-Tawi, the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi as well as 63 barangays (villages) in North Cotabato under the Bangsamoro government and designated as Special Geographic Area (SGA). Infrastructure projects — a few already completed — are ongoing in various towns and barangays of the BARMM.

One of the latest in the pipeline is a public market for the municipality of Pagalungan, Maguindanao, under Mayor Salik Mamasabulod.

“We signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the construction of a Public Market with the Municipal Mayor of Pagalungan, Hon. Salik Mamasabulod. The construction will commence in January next year,” said Interior Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo, the man behind the mushrooming infrastructure projects that indicate the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) is working and providing the much-anticipated dividends of peace.

The CAB is the final peace accord between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) after 17 years of peace negotiations that put an end to over four decades of war in Southern Philippines, or Mindanao.

Interior Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo (left) and Pagalungan Mayor Salik Mamasabulod formalize the accord for the construction of a public market in the mayor’s turf. (All images via MILF).

Sinarimbo provided a brief background on the municipality.

“Pagalungan is an old town and the former capital of the then Empire Province of the undivided Cotabato. It is also historic as the birthplace of the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM), and Barangay Kudal of this town is the birthplace of the founding leader of the MILF, Sheikh Salamat Hashim,” the MILG head said.

“In fact, in one of our conversations while cruising the Sulu Sea, our colleague in the KL (Kuala Lumpur) Negotiations, Bapa Al Camlian, a product of the Cairo Military Academy and an important figure in the birth of the MNLF, told me that their group stayed in Pagalungan for sometime after their training abroad.”

He assured the MILG in particular and the BARMM in general of continuing support for the town and other areas of the region, the scene of fierce and deadly battles during the war for independence fought by the MILF and started by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

“As the town roars back to peace and development from the decades of conflict, our Ministry and the Bangsamoro Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim, is ready to support them,” added Sinarimbo. (✓)

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