• New strategic location for Maguindanao capitol

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    MAGUINDANAO: Hundreds of participants from various sectors, including professional, religious and youth groups from 36 towns, attended the public hearing in Buluan town on Tuesday to show their support for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s (SP) plan to transfer the P120-million abandoned provincial capitol from Shariff Aguak to Buluan.

    Board Member Abubakar “Bobby” Katambak said the SP recently adopted on first reading a resolution regarding the proposed transfer, saying the new location would be more advantageous in terms of connectivity and communications. Stakeholders, including local mayors, supported the move.

    “After many transfers, geographically, the proposed location is much better than the previous ones,” said North Upi Mayor Ramon Piang Sr.

    Buluan is strategically located at the center of the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Tacurong, General Santos, Koronadal, and Davao.

    Aside from the presence of banks there, the place also has a stable electric supply and Internet connectivity.

    The Department of Education (DepEd) plans to convert the mothballed P120-million Ma–guindanao capitol into a special learning center.

    Last weekend, DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro told reporters he had met local officials led by Maguindanao Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu for this purpose. The planed conversion is set to start in June next year.

    The three-story Shariff Aguak capitol was built in the mid-1990s and once represented the political clout of the Ampatuans.

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