MILG Builds Public Market in Akbar Municipality in Basilan

         (SDN) — There’s no stopping the “construction boom” in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
Interior Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo. (Photographs: MILG)
         Through the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (BARMM-MILG) the Bangsamoro government has been spreading construction projects in the areas of the region, projects such as Municipal Halls, Public Terminals, Philippine National Police (PNP) Stations, Barangay Halls, Tourism Centers, Water Desalination Plants, Water Systems, and others in the offing.
         While many has been completed, still many others are either being built or in the planning stage.
          Guiding the construction projects and other services of the MILG is Interior Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo, who also is BARMM spokesperson.
          Comprising the Bangsamoro region are Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi provinces, the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi, and the 63 villages in the Special Geographic Area (SGA) of BARMM in North Cotabato province, which is not part of BARMM.

            Residents of the SGA voted to be under the Bangsamoro region’s jurisdiction in a plebiscite in 2019. Their decision to opt-in serves to provide their area the “dividends of peace” from at least the MILG.

The 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) established the BARMM through the  Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

            One of the MILG’s latest construction projects is a Public Market in the municipality of Akbar, Basilan.
             In fact, the MILG and the municipal government conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for the project led by Mayor Alih Sali.
             “This is part of the infrastructure support project of our ministry to kick-start the economic activities in our municipalities and provide employment for our people while allowing LGUs (local government units) to exercise their corporate powers,” Sinarimbo said of the project.
             Under the leadership of Chief Minister Ahod Balawag “Al-Hajj Murad” Ebrahim the governing body of the Bangsamoro region, the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) has a three-year life span (2019-2022).
            But the pandemic, largely, has stalled some the implementation of the BTA’s avowed agenda, thereby, requiring another three years. This was realized through congressional fiat, which then President Rodrigo R. Duterte approved.
              Thus, the BTA’s life span had been extended for another three years, and the BARMM’s first regional election to be held in May 2055.
               As the governing body of the Bangsamoro region, the BTA and its Parliament are expected to finish all the agenda and lay down governmental structure and the required legislations. — EKU (✓)

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