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ARMM provinces get P5.6-B DPWH funding

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DPWH-ARMM) has allotted P5.6 billion worth of infrastructure projects for the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (Basulta) provinces.

DPWH-ARMM Sec Don Mustapha A. Loong said yesterday his department has allotted P2.4 billion for the province of Basilan, P2.1 billion for Sulu and P1.1 billion for Tawi-Tawi for the construction of roads, bridges, repair of seaports and construction of deep wells in the remote areas of the three provinces.

“We are doing this in order to promote peace and development in these remote areas of the three provinces with the hope of eradicating the insurgency problem in their community,” said Loong.

He said DPWH-ARMM is also concentrating in the development of the “trans-central road” in Basilan province that will cut the travel time of commuters going to Isabela City and Lamitan City both in Basilan.

Loong adds that the construction of vital road networks in Basilan province and in Sulu will also help the locals earn a living by engaging themselves in transportation services, like operating a passenger van, habal-habal motorcycles and passenger jeepneys. (Nonoy E Lacson)