ARMM to launch Php 150-M worth anti-poverty program ahead of Bangsamoro govt

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COTABATO CITY: As part of continuing efforts of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Midnanao (ARMM) to strengthen the foundation of the incoming Bangsamoro government, the ARMM has set aside Php150 million for various bridge projects in the region.

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Lawyer Laisa Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, told reporters that the project is part of the transition mechanism from the current ARMM government to the incoming Bangsamoro government by 2016.

Dubbed as ARMM Bangsamoro Regional Inclusive Sustainable Development with Growth Equity or (ARMM-BRIDGE), the program aims to implement development projects in selected and pilot areas in the region to address poverty and help Bangsamoro people improve living conditions ahead of the coming of new political entity.

Alamia said this year, the budget is about Php 150 million and it will become Php 1.2 billion once the new government has assumed leadership.

Alamia said the Department of Social Welfare and Development will be the lead agency in the implementation of ARMM-BRIDGE backed by other concerned government agencies.

To ensure the success of the project, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank will conduct capacity training workshop for stakeholders after the Holy Week celebration. PNA

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