MARAWI CITY: Saudi Arabia Ambassador Dr. Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Bussairy visited Lanao del Sur and has pledged to support development projects, officials said on Wednesday.
In his visit to the Lanao del Sur Provincial Office, Provincial Administrator Mocamad Rakiin said the envoy promised to assist the government on its current power woes.
Rakiin cited the decades-long problems on daily power outages and lack of electricity supply in some parts of the province, particularly areas surrounding Lake Lanao.
Lake Lanao, the water source of the Agus river that connects six hydroelectric power plants is serving 60 percent of the power generated in Mindanao, which according to Rakiin stunned the visiting Ambassador.
Al Bussairy also visited Marawi City after he received a token of appreciation from Lanao del Sur Gov. Mamintal “Bombit” Adiong, Jr.
In his visit to the Marawi city hall, Department of Interior and Local Government City Director Saheera Amate said the envoy also pledged to provide assistance for environment and waste management.
Amate said Al Bussairy was “happy” to visit Marawi, the only city in the Philippines that is a member of the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities.
“I am so happy to see the place now as I have only heard of it,” Al Bussairy was quoted as saying.
Al Bussairy was sent on a diplomatic mission to the Philippines on March 2015 and has expressed his intention to visit all Muslim areas in the country. The Muslim-dominated Lanao del Sur and Marawi City were the first areas that he visited.
He was also scheduled to visit other Muslims areas particularly within Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the officials added.