More road projects up in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 September 2015 12:00

By ED GENERAL

Things are picking up now in the conflict-wracked province of Basilan.

This after the completion of the province’s circumferential road.

Basilan is said to have pioneered the rubber industry in the country after American colonizers introduced rubber farming and processing method. The sector flourished until the 1970s when the Moro rebellion broke out forcing many foreign investors to abandon their rubber operations.

The situation went from bad to worse when the Abu-Sayyaf emerged in early 1990s and went into full-scale terrorism, kidnapping foreign tourists and launching several bomb attacks.

But with the current global demand said to be rising and the Abu Sayyaf more or less neutralized, with compliments of new roads built in and around the province it very much helped ease the situation towards a more progressive environment conducive to rural productivity.

The Sta. Clara Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Integrated Development Cooperative is now trying to revive the province’s “rubber-dom”, after the University of the Philippines turned over 4,018 hectares of land to some 1,000 farmers.

Santa Clara is one of the barangays in the outlying area of the component City Of Lamitan, Basilan of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Basilan District Engineer Soler Undug revealed that Sta Clara is being eyed as location of a Regional Center for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in the province.

He said all offices devolved to the Regional Government of ARMM are planned to be established in a multi-purpose complex building in Sta Clara.

Plans are underway and if it will be realized, Lamitan City might be the center of government activities for employees of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi instead of traveling to far Cotabato City.

On Sept 18, ARMM headed by Governor Mujiv Hataman signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the LGU in Lamitan City for the construction of roads to the area.

Together with Hataman were DPWH-ARMM Sec Don Mustapha A. Loong, Lamitan City Mayor Rose Furigay and Basilan District Engineer Soler Undug.

Sec. Loong said the road project is worth P126M which include concreting of a six-kilometer road in Brgy. Kapataga Small, Isabela City to Brgy. Boheh Nange, Lamitan City, and the 4, 500 meter road in Brgy. Boheh Nange to Brgy. Sta. Clara in Lamitan City.

The road will interconnect Isabela City-Sta Clara-Lamitan City, in preparation for the plan to establish a rcgional Complex in Basilan, Undug said.

The soon-to-be inaugurated construction of the Basilan Transcentral Road (BCT) will connect Isabela City to Sampinit and Sumisip, then Maluso to Puno Mahadje and Tumahubong. It will also connect Sta. Clara to Fuente  Eggas.

In Lanao del Sur, a separate MO was signed between ARMM officials and Lanao del Sur LGUs for a P5.2 million road project and the construction of a P5 million water system in Bacolod-Kalawi and Tubaran towns in Lanao del Sur province, respectively.