Outgoing Lanao Sur exec thankful to PNoy, Hataman PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 March 2016 12:03

The Lanao del Sur provincial government accomplished more infrastructure projects during the incumbency of President Benigno Aquino III than the time of his predecessors, outgoing Gov, Mamintal Adiong, Jr. said on Saturday.

Adiong said he would vacate his post on June 30, 2016, after completing three terms, grateful to President Aquino and his political protégé, Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

“The socio-economic dividends of the Mindanao peace process also spread around Lanao del Sur in the past six years,” Adiong said.

Lanao del Sur, which has 39 towns, and Marawi City, the capital of the province, are both component-areas of ARMM.

Adiong said he also did not experience difficulty in asking for farm machineries for his constituents from ARMM’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in the past three years.

“Every request went on smoothly, approved immediately. Apparently because the provincial government also had so many projects needed to improve the lives of Maranaw farmers. It was like complementing each other’s socio-economic efforts,” Adiong said.

He said in 2015 alone, the provincial government and the Hataman administration dispersed as bilateral initiative 20 hand tractors with trailers, 15 mechanized rice threshers, 10 tillers, six seed processing equipment, and eight pedal-type threshers to different Maranaw peasant groups in Lanao del Sur.

“That was over and above the interventions done by the provincial government and the office of Gov. Hataman in years prior,” Adiong said.

Adiong said infrastructure projects, such as farm-to-market roads, bridges, flood control structures and mini ports along Lake Lanao also flourished in recent years under what he calls “Adiong-Hataman governance partnership.”

Adiong he would want the next Philippine president to focus on development interventions that can boost the agricultural productivity of Lanao del Sur to hasten the attainment of the economic agenda of the Southern Mindanao peace process.

“What President Aquino has done to the province was so good to be remembered, written in the history of Lanao del Sur,” he added.

There are towns in Lanao del Sur where the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has government-acknowledged enclaves, now being developed into agricultural zones.

Adiong said he is thankful to the MILF leadership in the province for helping him resolve dozens of clan wars, involving big Maranaw clans, in support of President Aquino’s normalization thrust in areas covered by the Mindanao peace process.