ARMM Public Works Act signed into law

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COTABATO CITY: More projects are expected to be implemented in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao next year after Gov. Mujiv Hataman signed Friday the Public Works Act passed by regional legislative body.

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Hataman signed Muslim Mindanao Autonomy (MMA) Act No. 326 or the Regional Public Works Act of 2016 that was ratified by the Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA) led by Speaker Datu Roonie Sinsuat.

MMA Act No. 326 authorizes the appropriation of a P10.1 billion budget for fiscal year 2016 for the region’s Public Works and Highways department (DPWH-ARMM). It states that consistent with the 2016 National Expenditure Program, the public works budget shall be used in the construction, development, upgrading, and operation or maintenance of roads, highways, bridges, water supplies, flood controls, ports, airports and other infrastructure projects excluding buildings.

Hataman said the appropriation will be effective even beyond fiscal year 2016, or until the budget is released in full, obligated and disbursed for the purpose.

Hataman said the DPWH-ARMM will implement the projects.

DPWH-ARMM Secretary Don Mustapha Loong, said they plan to build new roads and other infrastructure. He said the massive infrastructure program is expected to generate a jobs, mostly in areas where the projects are located.

PNA

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