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COTABATO CITY — Just before year 2022, the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILF) headed by Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo continued bringing “dividends of peace” to Bangsamoro local government units (LGUs).
It was time for five Barangay Hall and a Public Terminal Buildings on December 29, in Malabang, Lanao del Sur.
Sinarimbo, spokesperson of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), led the groundbreaking for the six construction projects, joined by the municipal mayor, Alinader Balindong.
Through the MILG, with a strong support from the Office of the Chief Minister (OCM)Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim, has been implementing construction projects for the LGUs of the Bangsamoro region. They are projects such as Municipal Halls, Public Terminals, Tourism Centers, Philippine National Police (PNP) Stations, Barangay Halls, Seawater Desalination Facilities, and Water Systems. And perhaps, whatever building projects are requested by the LGUs.
Suffice to say that since 2019 Sinarimbo’s MILG had already completed/finished many of its projects and turned over to the respective LGU beneficiaries.
As the year ended, more are coming in the new year 2023.
“We ground-break today with Mayor Hon. Alinader Balindong the Public Terminal and five Barangay Hall projects for the municipality of Malabang, Lanao del Sur.
Sinarimbo noted the town of Malabang is nestled at a crossroad connecting the routes of the commuting public plying the Cotabato-Pagadian cities and onto Zamboanga or Dipolog, Cotabato-Marawi and onto Iligan and Cagayan.
The commuting public will greatly benefit from the Malabang projects, he pointed out.
“This, too, will help boost the economic activity in Malabang and will increase the income stream of the LGU leading to increased income classification with its attendant benefits,” the emphasized.
On December 27, the MILG broke ground for a new Public Market Building in Upi, Maguindanao del Sur, worth some Php25 million. It is the kind of new buildings like never before constructed in the old Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) even after 20 years of its existence.
The time of the BARMM under changed and is still changing everything in the region’s physical landscape, at least because of the many construction buildings being implemented by the new Bangsamoro government under the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) headed
Beneficiaries of the construction projects are the LGUs of the Bangsamoro region, which was established in 2018 by the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to implement the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). It is comprised of the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi, as well as the 63 SGA villages that voted “yes” in a plebiscite in January and February 2019 to be under the BARMM jurisdiction.
The BARMM population per the Philippine Atlas has 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. (✓)