Maguindanao has new P200M infrastructure equipment pool PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2016 11:52

The provincial government of Maguindanao on Wednesday launched its new P200 million equipment pool for flood control projects and rehabilitation of conflict-stricken areas in Maguindanao’s 36 towns.

Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu led local officials and divisions chiefs in his office in initiating the rite, held in Buluan town, the provincial capital.

“These are needed to hasten the socio-economic development of the province via infrastructure thrusts that can accelerate the socio-economic growth of calamity and conflict-stricken areas in Maguindanao,” he said.

The equipment pool is comprised of two huge river dredgers; two motor graders; two wheel loaders; a truck mounted concrete conveyor pump; ten dump trucks; three crawler excavators; three transit cement mixers; and two vibrator road rollers.

Mangudadatu said his administration’s infrastructure projects for 2016 to 2019 will complement the Southern Mindanao peace and development agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The on-going peace overture between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which has dozens of camps in Maguindanao, is focused on bilateral socio-economic activities meant to generate livelihood opportunities for guerillas to hasten their re-introduction into the mainstream.

“We support the peace efforts of the MILF and the Duterte administration and we shall help in every possible way we can to make that succeed,” Mangudadatu.

Part of this year’s infrastructure thrusts of Mangudadatu’s office is the massive dredging of heavily-silted rivers crisscrossing the province, which easily overflows during rainy days, causing inundation of riverside agricultural enclaves.

The new road-building and river dredging equipment of the province was procured using an allocation from the provincial government’s P1.9 billion loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines.

Fractions of the loan are now being spent for the setting up of a new, multi-million provincial capitol in Buluan town in the second district of Maguindanao.

A big amount had also been earmarked for the expansion of the Maguindanao Program for Educational Assistance and Community Empowerment, which presently has about 6,000 beneficiaries.

The application for the equipment loan was facilitated last year yet, initiated by the Mangudadatu administration to complement the national government’s normalization thrusts in areas where there are Moro secessionist forces.

Magudadatu said their new equipment pool shall also be used to construct new and maintain old roads connecting underdeveloped peasant enclaves to schools and markets in town centers.

The inauguration of the equipment pool was attended by accountants Guiaria Akmad and Mark Nor, provincial and assistant provincial auditors, respectively, and LBP’s account officer, Nelson Ocampo, Jr.