More ARMM road, bridge projects up for 2016-2017 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 June 2016 12:01

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will construct more bridges to connect peasant enclaves separated from municipal markets by rivers that are non-traversable during the rainy days.

Engineer Don Loong, ARMM’s public works secretary, on Wednesday said with durable bridges, farmers in the region’s five provinces will have an “all time access” to trading centers where they can sell their farm products straight from their fields.

The ARMM covers Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, which are both in mainland Mindanao, and the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

Among the immediate, on-going projects now in Maguindanao of ARMM’s Department of Public Works and Highways is the construction of an artery that would connect a potential source of hydroelectricity, the Rainbow Falls in a hinterland in Barira town, to the municipal center.

The six-kilometer road project is a joint initiative of the DPWH-ARMM and the local government unit of Barira.

Loong said the road project would also lead to a potential site of a water supply facility, from where clean water can be distributed to villages in lowlands using only gravitational force.

The DPWH-ARMM has constructed dozens of water supply facilities in far-flung areas in the autonomous region from 2013 to late 2015, according to a matrix obtained from state auditors monitoring the infrastructure projects of the regional government.

Barira is a booming agricultural town, home to ethnic Iranuns, whose main source of income is farming and livestock-raising.

It is also in the forested uplands in Barira, located in the first district of Maguindanao, from where the large Ambal River springs from, source of high-quality sand and gravel aggregates needed in constructing buildings, roads and bridges.

“Our projects will remain open to scrutiny by the media and interested parties anytime in keeping with the regional government’s policy of transparency and accountability,” Loong said.