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COTABATO CITY — The Pagalungan local government, led by Mayor Salik Mamasabulod, received the completed Public Market building from the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG), which is overseen by Minister Atty. Naguib G. Sinarimbo, during their 76th Foundation Anniversary celebration on August 19, 2023.
The MILG funded the infrastructure project, which is being implemented in collaboration with the Pagalungan local government, through the BLESS Program, which provides and improves Local Economic Enterprise (LEE) infrastructure and supports local government facilities throughout the region.
In addition to the physical structure, this project includes LGU (local government unit) personnel training in enterprise development and management, as well as the adoption of a Market Code to ensure its long-term operation.
According to Minister Sinarimbo, the new Pagalungan public market will operate and provide income-generating enterprise support to stimulate regional economic growth and activities while also providing opportunities for local residents.
“We have faith that the Pagalungan local government unit will be able to manage this project successfully,” the MILG chief said.
The Bangsamoro region, established in 2018 by 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 del Sur, Maguindanao del Norte, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi, as well as the Special Geographic Area’s (SGA) 63 barangays or villages that voted “Yes” in a plebiscite in February 2019 to be under the BARMM jurisdiction.
According to the Philippine Atlas BARMM has 4,404,288 people. It has 116 municipalities: Basilan, 11 municipalities; Lanao del Sur, 39; undivided 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. (✓)