COTABATO CITY—The Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG) is set to employ hundreds of masons and carpenters for the 120-day construction of 14 barangay hall buildings and one (1) public market in BARMM’s Special Geographic Area (SGA).
This came following the joint groundbreaking ceremonies held at Brgy. Pedtad in Kabacan and Brgy. Manarapan in Carmen, North Cotabato on Dec. 4, 2021.
Under the 63 barangays of SGA, the Brgy. Manarapan is the first cluster and the first of the 63 barangays to receive the MILG’s Public Market project for the Bangsamoro communities.
MILG Minister Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo graced the event and stressed that barangay is an important level of governance, saying “our focus is to go down to the very first level of government, which is where the people are— the barangay. That is why it is important to us that the barangay is functional.”
On Monday, Dec. 6, Sinarimbo also inked three (3) Memoranda of Agreements (MOAs) for the erection of three more Municipal Hall buildings for the municipalities of South Ubian, Sibutu, and Turtle Island in the Province of Tawi Tawi.
“Our commitment, as directed by BARMM Chief Minister Ahod B. Ebrahim, is for our services to be made available to every corner of the Bangsamoro homeland, no matter the distance. We also hope that these projects will give better service delivery at the level of the Local Government Units,” Sinarimbo stated.
This year, the ministry targeted to construct 250 barangay halls across BARMM and it also expands to build public markets, water systems, public terminals, and tourism centers.
Last Nov. 25, the first BARMM-standard barangay hall project was completed and inaugurated at Brgy. Banubo in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. (Bangsamoro Information Office)