THE Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) announced that it will build more roads across the region this year.
ARMM comprises of five provinces namely Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.
Engineer Don Mustapha Loong, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-ARMM secretary, said that P6.889 billion, representing 68 percent of the total infrastructure budget, will be spent for road construction.
ARMM has earmarked P10.103 billion for infrastructure projects this year. The budget will cover a total of 472 projects, which include 40 seaports, 86 water supply systems, 39 bridges, 17 flood control structures, 20 drainage systems, and 32 others.
Loong said 238 road projects with a total length of 361.65 kilometers will be funded this year.
“With more infrastructure projects, people in the region will have better access to tourism sites,” Loong said.
“It will help boost the region’s economy as transport of goods and products will be cheaper, and will help uplift the peoples’ lives,” he added.
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said infrastructure development is one of the regional government’s top priorities.
Hataman added that more infrastructure projects built would equate to greater impact in improving the lives of the people in the ARMM.
The massive infrastructure program of the regional government has also allowed the DPWH-ARMM to contribute significantly to the job generation in the region.