MILG Construction: 19 New Municipal Hall Buildings in BARMM, and Counting

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(SDN) — Nineteen Municipal Hall Buildings! And more coming.

They are being constructed, some have been completed and in use already, for local government units (LGUs) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

 And the builder?

It’s the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG), one of the Bangsamoro government’s line agencies, which has been for since 2019 has been funding the construction for its various construction projects for Bangsamoro LGUs, from the mainland to the island provinces of Muslim Mindanao.

If you are not been living under the rock for years then you’ll know the Bangsamoro region is composed of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi provinces, the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi as well as 63 villages designated as Special Geographic Area (SGA) in North Cotabato province (which itself is not part of BARMM).

The BARMM was birthed by the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and is being implemented on the ground through the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), thereby, giving rise to what is called by peacemakers the “dividends of peace”.

Interior Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo

And covered by the peace dividends include various programs and projects of the MILG headed by Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo. His agency’s activities from the MILG projects in construction for BARMM LGUs are municipal halls, public terminals, Philippine National Police (PNP) stations, public markets, barangay halls, water systems, local tourism centers, and others.

Today, April 18, 2022, the MILG head reported that one of the agency’s projects currently being implemented is a municipal hall building for the LGU of Poona Bayabao, Lanao del Sur.

“Currently, there are five such municipal hall building projects in Lanao del Sur and six in Maguindanao province. In the island provinces, five are in Tawi Tawi and three in Sulu,” Sinarimbo pointed out.

“Municipal hall building projects are among the priority infrastructure projects of the ministry apart from public Markets, barangay halls, water systems, public terminals, and local tourism centers,” he added.

Sinarimbo, the spokesman of the BARMM, emphasized these projects were designed to improve the delivery of service at the level of local governments.

Sinarimbo cited the importance of working in collaboration and choosing the right candidates.

“Along this line, it is important that local governments in the region work in tandem with the Bangsamoro Government. Local elections, therefore, are important for our people so that they may choose leaders who will complement the efforts of the region in developing our communities and not serve as hindrance in attaining progress, peace, and development.

“The Bangsamoro people must choose carefully their officials at the level of the LGUs during this elections. Our call is to allow our people to freely choose their leaders free from intimidation, vote buying and other machinations which has traditionally characterized elections in our region for a very long time.” — EKU (/)

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Featured image is the type of the Municipal Hall Buildings the MILG is constructing for BARMM LGUs. While some are being built, others were completed and in use already.

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