ARMM DPWH ramps up efforts to ensure better infra projects in 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 August 2015 14:27

By ED GENERAL

Officials of the Department of Public Works national office and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are currently preparing plans to ensure better implementation of infrastructure development in 2016.

The officials recently met to discuss programs and updates of various infrastructure projects now being done in the areas of autonomy in Muslim Mindanao.

DPWH-ARMM Secretary Don Mustapha A. Loong said planning helps them make the most out of regional budgets by informing infrastructure and service investments that now aim to distribute economic development in the territory to reach social objectives, and create a framework for collaboration between local governments, the private sector and the public at large.

He said that with this new set-up,  the future in the region will become very bright considering the double efforts now being done in line with President Aqino’s wish to allow the Bangsamoro autonomous region to establish a regime of peace, democracy and development.

Sec. Loong is also scheduled to inspect projects implemented by the District Office of Maguindanao after Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

President Aquino submitted to the House of Representatives and the Senate P54.5 billion proposed budget for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as part of the quantity included in the proposed P3.002 trillion national budget for next year.

Under his watch, the ARMM budget tripled —   from P10.4 billion in 2010, as quickly as he took over from the Arroyo administration, to P29.4 billion of infrastructure subsidies in 2016.

Additionally, the national government agencies would spend P25.1 billion in socio-economic services and projects in the autonomous region.

This huge budget was crafted for the first time in the autonomous region after the government and the MILF signed the peace agreement.

A law to propel a new autonomous set up is still being debated in both House of Representatives and Senate.

ARMM officials headed by Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman together with builders of the Region’s Public Works Department attended the 4th Annual Urban Renewal Conference on Aug 19-20, 2015.

Urban planning is a valuable lever for regional leaders to achieve sustainable development. It can help them formulate medium and long-term objectives that reconcile a collective vision with a rational organization of resources to achieve it.

Loong said with better conscientious planning and guidance from the national leadership, the billions of investment on roads and ports must be part of a strategic plan to accelerate the regional development that will be built from te foundation of great wealth, resources, people and location.

The conference brought together a powerful platform for government authorities and private organizations in discussing and delivering best practices and ideas for renewing and spearheading social, economic and urban transformation.

According to Loong, it can help unleash the potential of urban developers and policymakers in deciding an effective project delivery.