COTABATO CITY – Through the Support to Local Moral Governance (SLMG) program of Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim, Php289-million worth of infrastructure projects are to be constructed across the provinces of the Bangsamoro region beginning next year.
On Dec. 12, Interior and Local Government Minister Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo led here in the city the signing of memoranda of agreement with 18 local government units (LGU) for the implementation of said infra projects which include barangay halls, public markets, legislative building, and a public terminal.
Two-storey barangay halls will constructed at some villages in the towns of Balindong, Marantao, Pagayawan, Calanogas, Malabang, Kapai, and Tamparan in Lanao del Sur; Parang and Buldon in Maguindano del Norte; and in Cotabato City.
Furthermore, six public markets will also rise at the towns of Albraka, Hadji Muhammad Ajul, and Lamitan City in Basilan; Sitangkai in Tawi-Tawi; Kapatagan in Lanao del Sur; and Sultan Mastura in Maguindanao del Norte.
Also part of the infra projects is a public terminal in Malabang, Lanao del Sur and a legislative building in Kabuntalan, Maguindanao del Norte.
The LGUs will implement the projects while the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) will monitor their progress.
“Our hope is that the projects will improve governance in the LGUs and benefit our constituents,” said Minister Sinarimbo adding that most of the projects are barangay halls as most villages do not have them yet.
Present during the MOA signing ceremony was Pagayawan Mayor Khalida Sanguila who said, “We have been longing to have a barangay hall for a long time, even if is it’s just one, it’s a big thing for us, how much more if we have five barangay halls? Thank you so much to the Bangsamoro Government.”
According to Minister Sinarimbo, MILG is currently implementing the construction of 250 barangays halls across the region, with another 100 next year. He said the goal is to complete 600 village halls by 2025 which the BARMM government promised to the LGUs of the region. (Majid Nur/BIO)