New equipment turned over to ARMM district engineering offices

GOVERNANCE/POLITICS • Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:20 AM  •  153   0
By John Unson
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The new equipment intended for ARMM provinces were released by officials Thursday. (JOHN UNSON)
The new equipment intended for ARMM provinces were released by officials Thursday. (JOHN UNSON)
COTABATO CITY --- Five southern provinces on Thursday received additional equipment needed in constructing roads and other high-ticket infrastructures in conflict-prone areas.

The equipment, comprised of payloaders, excavators and road rollers, were released on Thursday by Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and his regional public works secretary, Engineer Don Loong, to district engineers in the provinces.

The turnover rite was held in the 32-hectare compound of the ARMM government in Cotabato City, witnessed by representatives from the Commission on Audit.

The autonomous region covers Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, both in mainland Mindanao, and the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

The Department of Public Works and Highways-ARMM had procured four years before a set of road-building machinery using funds saved from allocations for various projects in different parts of the autonomous region.

The budget for the new equipment packages for ARMM’s district engineering offices were drawn from allocations stated in the 2017 General Appropriations Act which Congress legislated the year before.

Loong said Thursday’s symbolic release of equipment to the District Engineering Offices in the ARMM provinces was just an initial tranche, to be followed by another as soon as the procurement processes are completed.

He said the equipment was procured according to government accounting regulations, initiated with full imprimatur from state auditors.

District engineers present in Thursday’s event told reporters they will immediately deploy the equipment intended for their respective provinces to towns where there are projects meant to restore normalcy among communities affected by conflicts in years past.

Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr. of the Western Mindanao Command said military units under his jurisdiction will help local government units secure the project sites where the equipment are to be used.

Galvez said the infrastructure projects the ARMM government accomplished in the past four years had brought peace and sustainable development in areas where armed extremists had ruled with impunity.
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