BARMM Gov’t Installs Solar Lights in Bangsamoro Special Geographic Area Villages


Interior Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo. (Photo: SDN — Science and Digital News)

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COTABATO CITY (SDN) –– The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) headed by Chief Minister Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim has not been neglecting the region’s Special Geographic Area (SGA) in North Cotabato.

Comprising the SGA are 63 barangays or villages in six towns of North Cotabato which voted in a January and February 2019 plebiscite to be under the Bangsamoro Government’s jurisdiction. North Cotabato province itself is not part of the Bangsamoro region.

Construction projects being implemented by the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) under the leadership of Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo are also being implemented in the SGA, including, but not limited to, Barangay Hall Buildings.


Bangsamoro implements solar lights project for SGA communities. (Credit: MILG)

Now, the MILG, one of the primary ministries of the BARMM is presently installing solar lights in the SGA villages of Datu Mantil, Kadingilan, Simsiman, and Datu Binasing.

Sinarimbo, also the spokesperson of BARMM, has assured other barangays in the SGA they’ll also be provided solar lighting materials.

“Our Ministry thru its Special Development Fund (SDF) office and using the community-driven development method continues to install solar lights in the barangays of Datu Mantil, Kadingilan, Simsiman, and Datu Binasing in the Special Geographic Area.
Other barangays which earlier have identified this project as their priority during the consultation and program formulation will receive the same,” the MILG head emphasized.
Sinarimbo said aside from the mentioned projects, there is also an ongoing implementation of water system, community activity centers, livelihood, farm machineries under the SGA which are directly managed and supervised by the MILG.
“We thank the Chief Minister Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim for his continuing support to the Ministry,” said Sinarimbo.
The territory of the Bangsamoro region, established in 2018 through the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to implement the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), is made up of the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi, as well as the SGA villages.

Its population per the Philippine Atlas as of 2020 census is 4,404,288 people. It has 116 municipalities: Basilan, 11 municipalities; Lanao del Sur, 39; Maguindanao, 36; Sulu, 19; and Tawi-Tawi, 11. Its component cities are Cotabato (the regional center and capital) in Maguindanao; Lamitan in Basilan; and Marawi in Lanao del Sur. — EKU (/)

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