Indanan’s Php25-Million New Public Market Soon to Rise via MILG

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  • ATTY. NAGUIB G. SINARIMBO, Minister, Ministry of the Interior and Local Government, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM-MILG)

Featured image shows a rainbow rising on the horizon as if to greet the party of visitors from the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) led by Interior Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo.

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         JOLO, Sulu — From Lugus Island, we proceeded to Jolo, the capital town of the province of Sulu.

         We approached the ancient port of Jolo from the east. From the sea, you immediately realized the strategic location of the port as the water is calm because of the protection from the waves provided by the cluster of islands of the municipality of Panglima Tahil.
         As we gaze upon the horizon to our right, you cannot help but marvel at the natural beauty of this place with two imposing structures that lends its presence with immediacy on your vision — one is man made and the other natural.
         The Masjid Tulay (Tulay Mosque) towers above the skyline of Jolo with its minarets appearing to shoot above the sky as if to transmit all the silent prayers of its people to where we all believe the answers lie.
         Mount Tumatangis majestically guards the town as if to warn and remind every invader that it has fought and defeated them all throughout the generations. Old photos of this town dating back to pre-Spanish times including its trading days with China and the rest of the world framed my view of the present Jolo.
Groundbreaking. Interior Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo is 3rd from right.
         There is no escaping it. It was a powerful capital and a prosperous trading post for centuries before colonization.
         As we you travel inside the narrow streets of Jolo on our way to Indanan, you realized it has lost its glory and grandeur. It pains me.
         In Indanan we were greeted by (Bangsamoro region) Minister of Parliament Tong Jikiri, son of the famous MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) Warrior Yusuf Jikiri. I was still soaking wet from the rain as well as the splash of the seawater during our travel from South Ubian to Lugus.
         The aroma of Kahawa Sug and the unique taste of it awakened all my senses. We truly are in Sululand now with its “coffee for the brave” or “kahawa Sug” invading our taste bud.
         We break ground immediately for the construction of our Public Market for the municipality of Indanan which is a town adjoining the capital town of Jolo. We also released half of the Php25-million fund to the LGU (local government unit) for this project.
         Our hope is that this project would help in the economic recovery of the town and spur economic activities. It is among the many small steps that we will undertake to bring back the glorious past of this province.
         As it was dusk, we immediately left for Patikul. (✓)
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(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 fourth  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.)

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