COTABATO CITY: A Level II water supply system, or communal faucet unit, now serves the residents of in the barangay (villages) of Tubig Indangan and Doh Tong in Simunul, Tawi-Tawi after its inauguration led by Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Mujiv Hataman. The construction of the water system is under the 2016 infrastructure budget and one of 23 total water supply system projects in Tawi-Tawi for 2012 to 2017. Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Secretary Don Loong, said P321.5 million has been allocated with the bulk of P150 million provided in 2016 for seven projects in Simunul. Most of the projects are now over 81 percent completed. A total of 12 road projects worth P191.5 million are also being implemented with 64.4 percent completed so far. Simunul is an island municipality composed of 15 villages, three of which are located on a smaller island of Munuk Mangkaw. Based on the 2015 census, the town has a population of about 31,000 people, mostly of Sama tribe.
JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL