P61.9-M worth of PAMANA road projects up in ARMM PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 13:10

The government on Monday awarded to private contractors P61.9 million worth of road projects that would interconnect hostile territories and hotbeds of Islamic militancy to centers of commerce and trade in the provinces of Maguindanao and Sulu.

The projects, the P19.5 million Langhub-Pantao road in the troubled Patikul town in Sulu, and three other farm-to-market roads in Maguindanao — in Calaan, Buldon, in  Kauran, Ampatuan,  and in Datu Piang, costing P13 million, P15 million, and P14 million, each respectively.

The road projects are funded out of “peace grants” from Malacañang’s Mapayapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program.

The contracts were signed in Cotabato City on Monday by Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, his regional agriculture secretary Makmod Mending, Jr., and representatives of the four construction firms.

The costly PAMANA projects in the ARMM are being implemented jointly by the office of Hataman and different regional line agencies, with the help of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles.

Mending said the three road projects in Maguindanao will connect known enclaves of Moro rebels covered by the 1997 Agreement on General Cessation of Hostilities between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

“These projects will make much easier the transport of farm products by Moro peasants in recipient areas to the markets,” Mending said.

Members of the MILF and the Moro National Liberation Front stand to benefit from the road project that would connect Reina Regente District to the Datu Piang town market, according to Mending.

Hataman said the PAMANA road projects channeled through Mending’s office complements the Mindanao peace process of President Benigno Aquino III.