Iranon areas sure of big share from 2016 ARMM infra budget PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 May 2015 13:24

The executive department of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has earmarked more than P300 million for 2016 road projects that would interconnect farming enclaves in the Iranon-dominated towns in Maguindanao.

The funding for the road concreting works will be drawn from the ARMM’s 2016 infrastructure budget.

The Iranon towns in the first district of Maguindanao are home to a hinterland ethnic Muslim group whose dialect is a mix of the Maranaw and Maguindanaon vernaculars.

ARMM’s public works secretary, Hadji Emil Sadain, on Friday said two of the road projects will link Maguindanao’s Buldon and Barira towns to Butig, Lanao del Sur, also a component province of ARMM, and to Pigkawayan, North Cotabato, which is inside Administrative Region 12.

“We will support the implementation of these projects extensively,” said Mayor Ibrahim Ibay of Parang town, also concurrent chair of the Iranon Development Council (IDC).

The IDC is a multi-sectoral development arm of all local government units in Maguindanao’s Iranon towns — Parang, Buldon, Barira and Matanog, and the municipality of Kapatagan in Lanao del Sur.

Pigkawayan, a predominantly Christian municipality in southwest of North Cotabato, is a major trading hub in Central Mindanao, where Visayan traders buy farm products from nearby Iranon peasant enclaves.

The programmed 2016 road projects in the ARMM’s Iranon area include the concreting of the two-kilometer Katubo-Kapatagan road at the border of Matanog and Kapatagan, Lanao del Sur, the eight-kilometer Sapad-Kabugao-Kidama road and the 10 kilometer Pindulunan-Liong road linking the towns of Matanog and Barira.

Sadain said they have also targeted the concreting, also to be funded out of the ARMM’s 2016 budget, of the seven-kilometer Liong-Barira road, the 15-kilometer Buldon-Butig road, the 23 kilometer Buldon-Nabalawag road, and the 14-kilometer Denganen-Pigkawayan road.

Sadain said the projects will boost the efforts of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to restore normalcy in conflict-wracked areas in the autonomous region, in preparation for the creation of the Bangsamoro government via the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law.

The bill, once approved by Congress and ratified via a plebiscite in selected southern provinces and cities, will replace the ARMM with an MILF-led Bangsamoro government.

Sadain said the road projects in Maguindanao’s Iranon area will be implemented with utmost transparency.

He said the funding details and work plan for each road project shall be open to scrutiny by the media and civil society organizations.