P1-B projects unveiled in Tawi-Tawi PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 September 2012 14:06

BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi – About P1 billion worth of  vital infrastructure projects were inaugurated and  unveiled  by top national  and provincial government officials here yesterday as the province  marked  its 39th  year founding anniversary.

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao OIC Gov Mujib Hataman who represented President Benigno Aquino, lll yesterday  during the  province 39th founding anniversary  dubbed as Kamahardikaan sin Tawi-Tawi 2012, lauded the provincial  government for the many socio-economic development it introduces in the province.

Hataman together with Gov Sadikul Sahali also led other national government officials in the inauguration and the cutting of the ribbon of the 370 meters stretch Sanga-Sanga, Lapid-Lapid  partnership steel bridge-road costing P 429.4-million.

Hataman, Gov Sahali and DPWH-ARMM Sec Emil Sadain jointly led other government officials in the groundbreaking of  the P300 Tawi-Tawi Water System, the    P63.9 million rehabilitation project of the only airport in Tawi-Tawi and  a road concreting costing P170 million.

The Sanga-Sanga, Lapid-Lapid  partnership steel bridge-road is  consist of  three bridges- 155 meters, 102 meters and 40 meters long now connects the mainland Tawi-Tawi and  the capital town of the province-Bongao.

Tawi-Tawi District Engineer Bendsud Ajihil said about  600-meter road linking two of the bridges on the islet of Bakhaw Dakula have also been  upgraded.

The bridge work profile  indicated  that the 8.4-km road connecting the three bridges to the Tawi-Tawi island highway network  was upgraded by DPWH-ARMM, while the 9.3-km earthen road connecting the Sanga-Sanga side had been upgraded by the GEM Program, which is implemented under the oversight of the Mindanao Economic Development Council.

Gov Sahali said the  steel bridge-road partnership project, one of his legacy  project will facilitate the easy  flow of people, goods and services throughout the province, helping to stimulate the local economy and provide better access to schools and health and social services available only in Bongao, the capital town.

The project will serve as the land transport link between the municipalities of Panglima Sugala, Sapa-Sapa and Languyan. At present, passengers and cargo from main land Tawi-Tawi has  to  travel by motorboats  to reach  this town.

Sahali said his province’s economic development lagged for decades due to its far-flung location in relation to the country’s centers of trade and commerce and lack of infrastructure support and facilities.

Along this  development, Sahali and  Hataman led in the groundbreaking of  the P300 million Tawi-Tawi potable  water system and the second phase of the upgrading of Sanga-Sanga airport with a budget of P P63,960,261.51 million.

The  national government, according to Engr. Ajihil  has allotted some P240 Million to jumpstart the project which is located six kilometers from the  commercial center of Panglima Sugala town in  Tawi-Tawi.

Included in the project, Engr. Ajihil said is the development of the water source –the Malum river which is also known as Rio Hondo river in Sitio Malum, Barangay Magsaggaw in Panglima Sugala town, the construction of a reservoir,  transmission and distribution lines and  pipings which will take about 8-12 months to completed.

He said the water at the river  will be tapped as source of potable water   for the province having  sufficient volume of fresh water that could cater a growing population.

The  river, Gov Sahali  said, stretches downstream from Barangay Marang-Marang in Languyan, Tawi-Tawi to Barangay Magsaggaw passing through Barangay Kulapi towards the southern tip of Panglima Sugala municipality.

Meanwhile, the second phase of the upgrading of Sanga-Sanga airport consist of  site development for new terminal building (2,970 sq.m.), construction of new passenger terminal building (one storey, 1,110 sq.m.), expansion of apron (8,000 sq.m.), and construction of drainage system (94 meters.).
The Sanga-Sanga Airport serves about 21,500 passengers annually based on the 2011 statistics, Hadja Juana Sahali head of the Tourism Council here said.

Sahali said the improvements on the airport will also sustain investment opportunities, tourism,  aquaculture and promote socio-economic activities. — Nonoy E Lacson