MILG to Construct Php50-Million Simunul Seaport and Tourism Center on Tawi-Tawi Island

Simunul Seaport and Tourism Center rising on the sea in the municipality, home of the historic Shariff Karimul Makhdum Mosque, the oldest and first Islamic house of worship in the Philippines dating back to 1380.


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  • ATTY. NAGUIB G. SINARIMBO, Minister, Ministry of the Interior and Local Government, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM-MILG)
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BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi — Upon arrival in Bongao, Tawi Tawi, we immediately proceeded to the new site of the municipal government of Bongao to break grounds for the New Government Center of Bongao.

(Editor’s Note: Interior Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo joined the Philippine Airlines (PAL) inaugural flight to Tawi-Tawi on June 9, 2022, marking PAL’s flights from Cotabato City (capital and seat of government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or BARMM to the island province. This is the first  of the chronicle of his trip with PAL. BARMM has three island provinces, all in Western Mindanao or Region IX. Its landlock provinces are Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.)

During this ceremony, we handed over to Mayor Jimuel Que half of the Php25-million commitment that we made to him when we held our Management Commitment meeting in Bongao last year.

Breaking of the ground for Simunul Seaport and Tourism Center. 
From Bongao, we went to Simunul to break grounds for another project, the Simunul Port Terminal and Tourism Center. This project is a partnership between our ministry (Ministry of the Interior and Local Government), the Province of Tawi Tawi and the municipality of Simunul.
Another groundbreaking in Tawi-Tawi, one of the component provinces of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
We also handed to the provincial government half of the Php50-million budget for this project.
Turnover of check.
Our hope is that these projects will enhance further the capacity of LGUs in this new tourism destination-Tawi Tawi and its beautiful people. (✓)


Featured image is an artist’s concept of the proposed Simunul Seaport and Tourism Center to rise amid the sea on the island of Tawi-Tawi.

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