“We are already looking forward to visiting this island (again) even before we can leave.”
— Interior Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo
- ATTY. NAGUIB G. SINARIMBO, Minister, Ministry of the Interior and Local Government, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM-MILG)
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SOUTH UBIAN, Tawi-Tawi — We spent a night in the beautiful island municipality of South Ubian, Tawi Tawi on our way to Sulu. South Ubian lies at the boundary between Tawi Tawi and Sulu. We reached the shores of the island of Tabawan at dusk and we needed to transfer to a smaller boat as the water is shallow and there is no pier in this island.
Mayor Hadzri H. Matba generously treated us to an evening of cultural presentation and, of course, sumptuous dinner. In the morning, we break grounds for the construction of a Municipal Hall Building for this municipality. It was raining but it never dampen our spirit.
(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 his second 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.)
We also took the opportunity to check on our desalination project for this another waterless municipality, I mean potable water.
More than the natural beauty of this place, it is also the hospitality and the generosity of the people here that are truly captivating. We are already looking forward to visiting this island even before we can leave.
The journey to the next island, the municipality of Lugus was a total adventure. On our next post. (✓)