GOVERNOR MUJIV S. Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has asked the regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH-ARMM) to fast-track pending infrastructure projects and prepare for the transition into the new Bangsamoro government. Mr. Hataman, speaking during the Governor’s Initiative for Systems Assessment held on July 31 in Cotabato City, said the goal is to check the status of all projects and lay out a database on what can be accomplished up to end-2018. The governor said they are anticipating the transition process to start by Jan. 2019. “All our energies are focused on this to ensure that we are ready and prepared for the turnover to the Bangsamoro,” he said in mixed English and Filipino. The ARMM information bureau said DPWH-ARMM has so far reported the following completed projects: 1,547 kilometers of paved roads; 83 bridges; 210 units of water supply systems; 30 flood control structures; 60 drainage structures; 89 seaports; and 51 shore protection and other infrastructure. The Bangsamoro Organic Law was ratified and signed last week.
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