COTABATO CITY, Maguindanao: The Department of Public Works & Highways in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DPWH-ARMM) will push through with the construction of more road networks in the ARMM this 2016, a regional official said on Monday.
DPWH-ARMM Secretary Don Mustapha Loong made the announcement during the inauguration of the P59 million, 6.83-kilometer road network in Tapayan-Dagorongan-Simuay Seashore in Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao on Monday.
The new road projects, under the DPWH-ARMM On the Road Program, are in support of strengthening the agriculture and tourism sectors of the ARMM provinces—Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.
“Agricultural farmers can now easily transport their farm produce to the market using the road network,” Loong said.
Motorists will also benefit soon from the 7-kilometer road network planned for the town of Buluan, Maguindanao that will link up other municipalities of Mangudadatu, Paitan and Lutayan. It will also serve as access road to Koronadal (Marbel) City and General Santos City.
The infrastructure projects, he added, were among the priorities of Governor Mujiv Hataman in effort to attain the elusive peace and boost economic development in the region.
Similarly, the DPWH-Maguin-danao District Engineering Office will install additional two-kilometer road network connecting Macabiso—Namuken—and Tareken (Phase 2), according to District Engr. Nasrodin Ebrahim.
The project has budget allocation of P38 million.
In addition to this, a water system will be constructed in Barangay Solon at Simuay Seashore Fish Port in Sultan Mastura, he added.