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COTABATO CITY—Bangsamoro Government has started the construction of local government facilities, which includes a water desalination facility.
The facility is expected to cater to five thousand individuals daily in the town of Hadji Muhtamad and its nearby areas in Basilan province.
On August 6, the groundbreaking ceremony for the facility coincided with the construction of a municipal hall. This endeavor aims to enhance the efficiency and promptness of services provided by the local government.
“A 10K Hydra Sea Water Desalination Plant System capable of serving 5,000 people per day is planned for the town, costing ₱15 million, and another two-storey Municipal Hall, costing ₱30 million is underway,” Minister of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo said.
“Haji Muhtamad is a beautiful municipality in Basilan that did not have a permanent Municipal Government center in the last 16 years. We are delighted to partner with its very dynamic young Mayor, the Hon. Arsina Nanoh,” the Minister said.
Sinarimbo disclosed that the area is a ‘waterless municipality’ in need of intervention, such as the implementation of a water desalination system, to provide residents with easy access to potable water.
“The municipality has great potential for tourism being proximate to Isabela, Basilan and the City of Zamboanga. It boasts of beautiful beaches and clean blue sea,” Sinarimbo claimed.
Meanwhile, Municipal Mayor Arsina Kahing-Nanoh said the Government of the Day is devoted to delivering services to the Bangsamoro people.
“Maraming maraming sa pagtitiwala sa Administration ko, and lalong lalo na sa Administration ng ating Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim. Makakaasa po kayo na andito po ang Hadji Muhtamad Municipality na palaging susuporta sa Bangsamoro Government,” Nanoh added.
The ceremony was also joined by Hadji Muhtammad Vice Mayor Nadzra Hasim and Member of the Parliament (MP) Dan Asnawi.
On August 4, the Bangsamoro Government also broke ground for the installation of 1-unit water desalination plant in the Municipality of Tabuan-Lasa at the Southern Part of Basilan.
The infrastructure projects being undertaken are part of the MILG’s Local Government Facility Development (LGFD) Program, which aligns with BARMM’s Enhanced 12-Point Priority Agenda. (Majid Nur/BIO reports from MILG)