1,200 infra projects identified in ARMM PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2014 18:12

Almost 1,200 proposed infrastructure projects were identified by the District Engineering Offices (DEOs) from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for 2015-2016 projects during a workshop here to ensure socio-economic development in the region before the Bangsamoro government sits in.

Emil Sadain, the ARMM’s Public Works Secretary said the workshop aims to finalize the list of infrastructure projects for submission and approval of the Regional Economic, Development Planning Board (REDPB), the highest policy making body in the ARMM and then for submission and inclusion in the region’s budget for 2015.

“The listing of the identified infrastructure projects includes the priority projects endorsed by our local chief executives and were identified during the 2nd ARMM LGU Summit in Davao City on February 11-12, 2014. We considered most of their (LGUs) proposals.” Sadain said.

The lists include projects on construction, expansion and rehabilitation of bridges, ports, water systems and road concreting.

He said ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman requires all infrastructure projects for implementation in the region should be according to the infrastructure priority needs of the region’s constituents and should support programs for poverty alleviation.

Sadain who is also concurrent assistant secretary of DPWH national office said they categorize priority infrastructure projects by targets and by objectives.

He added that infra projects for implementation should be supportive of peace and development, addresses critical bottlenecks, has assets preservation and supportive of agriculture, tourism, education and public health and sanitation.

“We mean by targets and by objectives of infra projects are Rapid and inclusive growth, zero backlog on ARMM infra and quality infra and services. Meaning our projects conforms to the projects at the national level,” he said.

The eight (8) District Engineering Offices (DEOs) presented their identified proposed infra projects by category and by priority with corresponding budget during the 2-day workshop at the regional office here on February 24-25, 2014.

“All our district engineers are in consultation with there engineering and project counterparts from the local government units in their respective districts,” Sadain added. — DPWH-ARMM