Bangsamoro Chief Minister Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim leads BARMM agencies in bringing the regional government’s programs and services closer to the region’s population to flesh out economic and moral governance initiatives
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STA. CLARA, Basilan — The Bangsamoro government through the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) will provide infrastructure projects worth Php43 million to local government units (LGUs) in Basilan province.
To implement the projects, the MILG, one of the primary agencies of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), signed a series of Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs) with the concerned LGUs.
BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Balawag “Al-Hajj Murad” Ebrahim witnessed the signing of the MOAs between Interior Minister Atty. Naguib G. Sinarimbo and the Local Chief Executives (LCEs) of the LGUs during the conduct of the Bangsamoro TABANG Convergence Activity held here on Friday, September 30.
In addition to various infra projects of the Ministry, the Bangsamoro Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (READi) also led ongoing distribution of 2,700 bags of rice for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) communities, the internally displaced persons (IDPs), and the identified beneficiaries of respective local government units (LGUs).
Information on how to avail themselves of all services and projects of the Ministry was also made available to the Basileños through the MILG’s service booth inside the Basilan Government Center, where job opportunities were also opened in the MILG Field Office Basilan to those seeking employment.
The MILG is one of the members of Project TABANG or Tulong Alay sa Bangsamorong Nangangailangan, a humanitarian project initiated by the Chief Minister created to alleviate the situation of Bangsamoro communities.
“𝘒𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘬𝘢𝘬𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘯 𝘭𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘢𝘺𝘰 𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘢𝘨𝘬𝘢𝘬𝘢𝘪𝘴𝘢 𝘢𝘺 𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘦-𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘻𝘦 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯 𝘬𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘰 𝘢𝘯𝘨 𝘨𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘰 [𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨] 𝘯𝘨 𝘉𝘈𝘙𝘔𝘔. 𝘐𝘴𝘢 𝘴𝘢 𝘮𝘨𝘢 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘱𝘺𝘰 𝘯𝘢 𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘴𝘢 𝘉𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘰 𝘎𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘺 𝘮𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘱𝘪𝘵 𝘴𝘢 𝘣𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘺𝘢𝘯𝘨 𝘉𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘰 𝘢𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘨𝘢 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘮𝘢 𝘢𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘣𝘪𝘴𝘺𝘰 𝘯𝘨 𝘉𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘰 𝘎𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘭𝘢𝘭𝘰 𝘯𝘢 𝘴𝘢 𝘮𝘨𝘢 𝘬𝘰𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘥𝘢𝘥 𝘯𝘢 𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪 𝘨𝘢𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘯𝘢𝘢𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘵 𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘨𝘢 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘣𝘪𝘴𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘢 𝘴𝘢 𝘬𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘭𝘢,” the BARMM Chief Minister emphasizes during the event.
(If we are united, we will realize what BARMM wants to achieve. One of the principles the Bangsamoro government is implementing is to get closer to every Bangsamoro citizen the programs and services of the Bangsamoro government, especially to the communities hardly reached by services intended for them.)
Infrastructures in support to local moral governance, economic development
The MILG’s Bangsamoro Local Economic Support Services (BLESS) Program projects aim to provide infrastructures in support of the local government’s Local Economic Enterprises (LEE) consistent with the BARMM Chief Minister’s 12-Point Priority Agenda.
Among these is the construction of a Php15.5-Million worth Public Market with a mezzanine to be constructed in the municipality of Al-Barka. To jumpstart the implementation of the infrastructure project, the MILG and Al-Barka Municipal Mayor Jaydeefar J. Lajid represented by Al-Barka Municipal Administrator Mahmoud Kitabin signed a MOA during the Project TABANG Convergence activity in Basilan, officially witnessed by Ebrahim.
A separate MOA for the same infrastructure project was also signed between the MILG and the City of Lamitan through Lamitan City Mayor Roderick H. Furigay in the convergence activity. The public markets are expected to boost the economic activities and development in the island province, as the Bangsamoro government also brings more government services to the island provinces of the BARMM.
Meanwhile, another MOA for the operation and maintenance of one unit Desalination Plant Project between the MILG and the local government of Tabuan-Lasa through Municipal Mayor Moner S. Manisan was also signed for the Php12-Million worth desalination machine in the area which was completed and turned over earlier this year. The said machine uses reverse osmosis technology to separate water molecules from seawater, which leads to more accessible and safe drinking water for residents in coastal communities.
Other MILG ongoing infrastructure projects in Basilan include the construction of the Municipal Police Station Building in Hadji Muhammad Ajul; the construction of one-story Public Market with a mezzanine in the municipalities of Lantawan, Tuburan, and Ungkaya Pukan.
According to MILG Minister Sinarimbo, the Office of the Chief Minister initiated the convergence of efforts of various ministries through the Project TABANG “to deliver humanitarian, livelihood, and other services to the constituents of the region.”
“At the same time, it is also a convergence platform of different Ministries to bring their services closer to the people. It is a manifestation and an affirmation of the Bangsamoro government’s commitment to fulfilling its pledge to uplift the lives of the people of the Bangsamoro,” Sinarimbo added.
The Project TABANG aims to extend immediate direct services to the Bangsamoro who are in need, particularly those who are living in poverty and affected by calamities and conflicts. (✓)