Tawi-Tawi gets P1B of P8.5B ARMM stimulus fund PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 December 2011 16:40

Tawi-Tawi Governor Sadikul Sahali hailed the Aquino administration for allotting to his province P1-billion out of the P8.5-billion stimulus fund it programmed to hasten development in the 22-year old Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

“We are very grateful to President Aquino’s administration for providing our province a share of P1-billion from the P8.5-billion stimulus fund for ARMM. The amount will propel our efforts in bringing our province to greater heights,” Gov. Sahali said after learning from officials of the Aquino government about his province’s share.
Sahali said the P8.5 billion stimulus fund allotted for the autonomous region under the “ARMM Transition and Investment Support Plan” is derived from the P72-billion saved by the current national leadership from cancelling project contracts under the past regime. The saving is now termed as a national stimulus package of the Aquino administration, he said.

“Thank you, Mr. President, for your concern and kindness to us. The provincial government and the people of Tawi-Tawi is so grateful for the P1 billion allotted to improve our province’s socio-economic condition,” Sahali said.

He said that all the projects lined-up under the P1 billion stimulus package are geared towards poverty alleviation and improvement of the socio-economic condition of the province, which is known to be the country’s poorest zone.

According to him, the provincial offices of DPWH in Tawi-Tawi got P240 million; Department of Health, P140-M; Department of Agriculture, P91-M; Department of Science and Technology, P3.6-M; Department of Interior and Local Government, P80-M; Department of Transportation and Communications, P30-M; Department of
Energy, P200-M and their Electric Cooperative, P200-M.

Sahali said the projects funded out of P1-billion will greatly help his province and its people, adding that implementation of the development programs will also provide additional employment to his constituents.

He said his province’s share from the stimulus fund also includes welfare projects like cash-for-work programs, construction of additional day-care centers and core shelters, supplemental feedings, and various infrastructure projects like irrigations and farm-to-market roads.