JOLO, Sulu — Youths in Sulu now have a new place for personal and professional growth as the Bangsamoro Government unveils a P7.5-million worth Multi-Purpose Training Center.
Ministry of Human Settlements and Development (MHSD) on August 2 turned over the center to Sulu State College- Main Campus during a ceremony witnessed by MHSD’s Deputy Minister Aldin Asiri and Sulu Provincial Director Atty. Najira Hassan, Sulu State College President Prof. Charisma Utatalum, and Member of Parliament (MP) Atty. Jose Lorena.
Such construction of a youth training center aligns with the 12-point priority agenda of Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim which aims to provide avenues for the meaningful engagement and participation of the diverse populace of the Bangsamoro and establish appropriate institutions towards a self-sustaining and inclusive development of the women, youth, and other vulnerable sectors.
In her speech, Sulu State College President Prof. Charisma Utatalum expressed her gratitude to MHSD, under the leadership of Minister Atty. Hamid Aminoddin Barra, and to MP Lorena, who funded the project under his Transitional Development Impact Fund (TDIF), for their unwavering support which made the center a reality.
“Through your unwavering support, we now stand in front of this exceptional facility, a space that will serve as a hub for learning, inspiration, and community engagement,” Ututalum said.
For his part, Lorena emphasized that the center “is not just a training center but a symbol of BARMM commitment to nurture the potential of our youth and empower them to make a difference on their lives.”
Meanwhile, a groundbreaking ceremony was also held on August 3, for the construction of a children’s playground and a tennis court at Brgy. San Raymundo of this municipality. Worth P2.5-million and P3.5-million, respectively, the projects are funded under the TDIF of MP Atty. Nabil Tan.
Ministry of Public Works (MPW) Sulu 1st District Office, led by ed by District Engineer Ajan Ajiju, will oversee the constructions of said projects.
The playground and tennis court are expected to become cherished venues for leisure, sports, and social gatherings, promoting a healthier and more active lifestyle among the residents of Brgy. San Raymundo. (Alline Jamar Undikan, Sylvia Calderon/BIO)