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COTABATO CITY — As part of its mission of bringing its services closer to the people, the Bangsamoro Government turned over on May 20, 2022 a newly-built barangay hall in the village of Patot, Pigcawayan Cluster, part of the Special Geographic Area (SGA) in North Cotabato.
The Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) funded the two-storey hall for Barangay Patot worth Php3.5 million through the Contingency Fund of the Bangsamoro Appropriations Act of 2020.
According to MILG’s Project Management Division similar halls are currently being built across the 12 barangays(villages) of Pigcawayan Cluster.
MILG Minister Atty. Naguib G. Sinarimbo congratulated the local officials for ensuring that all government projects in their jurisdiction are implemented well.
“Isa po kayo sa mga barangay na maagang nakatapos ng kanilang proyekto,” Sinarimbo said in the Maguindanaon vernacular. (Translation: You are one of the barangays that have completed early their projects.)
Sinarimbo emphasized that under the leadership of BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Balawag “Al-Hajj Murad” Ebrahim, the MILG was instructed to check and respond to the needs of all localities and ensure that there will be intervention from the regional government.
To implement the directive, Sinarimbo’s MILG has been constructing several structures in BARMM communities, including Municipal Halls, Public Terminals, Philippine National Police (PNP) Stations, Public Markets, Tourism Centers, and Barangay Halls, and others.
Many have been completed and functioning now while others are either in construction process or under planning.
In the 20 years of the defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the people of Muslim Mindanao had never seen this kind of “construction boom” being implemented under the BARMM government. The BARMM abolished and replaced the ARMM in 2019.
Meanwhile, Patot Barangay Captain Abdullah Alamada expressed his gratitude to the Bangsamoro Government for the new project.
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“Nagpapasalamat po kami dahil nabigyan kami ng BARMM ng barangay hall dahil lahat ng tao ay dito nagkakaintindihan,” he said, noting the importance of a barangay hall as a venue in addressing the problems and concerns of the constituents. (Translation: We are thanking you because we were given a barangay hall by BARMM as residents come here to solve their differences.)
He also disclosed that their barangay hall was previously destroyed due to local conflict in the area.
“Dati-rati po, palipat lipat yung barangay hall namin dahil sa kaguluhan tulad ng rido,” Alamada explained. (In the past our barangay hall had to transfer from place to place because of conflicts such as ‘rido’ — family feud.)
The local leader hopes that the new hall will ensure the smooth delivery of services to their constituents and added that the hall is considered as an iconic building in the locality.
Barangay Patot — a home for more than 3,000 people, mostly of the Iranun tribe — is one of the 63 barangays in North Cotabato Province that officially became part of BARMM after they voted “Yes” during the plebiscite in 2019.
The 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) established the BARMM through the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). (/)