ARMM’s ‘book of infrastructure projects’ now off the press PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 June 2013 11:15

Officials launched Wednesday the first ever “Book of Infrastructure Projects in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao” as a medium for disseminating the present administration’s handling of state funds for local development initiatives.

The 244-page book, also labeled Progress Report on the Department of Public Works and Highways ARMM Reform Action, underscores all local and foreign-funded infrastructure projects in the autonomous region, including those still being implemented by the office of Gov. Mujiv Hataman.

The book was jointly conceptualized by Hataman and his public works secretary, Engineer Emil Sadain, whose office has actively been involving representatives of different media outfits in public bidding processes for infrastructure contracts and procurement of equipment needed by the regional government.

The book also has insights on the present administration’s having improved and revitalized all of the district engineering offices in the region, which covers Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, which are both in mainland Mindanao, the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, and the cities of Lamitan and Marawi.

Hataman said ARMM residents can use the book as a reference in verifying from the Department of Budget and Management and the Commission on Audit the funding details for each of the projects enumerated in its chapters.

Hataman, a Liberal Party stalwart, assumed as President Benigno Aquino III’s designated caretaker for ARMM in December 2011. He was elected governor of the autonomous region during May 13 regional elections.

A senior official of the central office of DPWH in Metro Manila, Sadain, an ethnic Tausog, has been functioning as acting regional public works secretary, on a special detail basis with permission from the President.

The launching of the book, held at the guest house of the Office of the Regional Governor here, was witnessed by representatives of different media outfits in Cotabato City.

Hataman said he is grateful to members of the ARMM’s media community for helping campaign for active public involvement in monitoring projects of the regional government.

Sadain said the treasury of the DPWH-ARMM and all of its official bank accounts are open to scrutiny by journalists and any interested resident of the autonomous region.

Sadain said public vigilance and cooperation in monitoring infrastructure projects is one way of generating confidence of local communities on the ARMM government.