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DPWH Undersecretary Sadain says DPWH fully committed to implement high impact projects in Bangsamoro

Cotabato City- Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, the assigned Focal Person for Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Infrastructure Projects by Secretary Mark A. Villar, attended the March 10, 2020 Senate hearing on the review of the implementation of Bangsamoro Organic Law, or R.A. No. 11054 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 26, 2018, OPAPP report said on March 20, 2020.
During the meeting, Sadain reported that DPWH is fully committed to implement construction of national roads and bridges and flood control structures that will benefit the Bangsamoro people. This is pursuant to Section 37 Article 13 of the Bangsamoro Organic Law signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in July 2018.

The report said that the meeting was called by Senator Francis N. Tolentino, chairman of the committee on local government, to evaluate the creation of the new autonomous political entity known as the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region that replaced the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

“The DPWH also submitted the proposal to Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in October 2019 creating the Regional Project Management Office (RPMO) for Bangsamoro. DBM reviewed the proposal and endorsed to the Office of the President on January 2020 for approval. Once approved, the RPMO will handle the direct implementation of all DPWH national infra for BARMM funded by the General Appropriations Act (GAA)”, Undersecretry Sadain added.

The Bangsamoro Region with significant investments will undertake the construction of 62 kilometers transcentral and 19 kilometers ring roads under the Marawi rehabilitation projects; and upgrading of 176 kilometers national roads in Maguindanao and Lanao Del Sur funded by grant and loan assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The construction of three (3) bridges and approaches with a total length of 1.70 kilometer roads in the Philippines’ southernmost province of Tawi-Tawi; construction of 840 lineal meters bridge connecting Isabela City to the hidden paradise of Malamawi Island in Basilan Province; and feasibility study of the 25 kilometers coastal road project in Jolo, Sulu are all included in the priority infra projects to be funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) financing, the report also said.

With significant investments for infrastructure, the long-term vision of meaningful growth in Bangsamoro Region is within reach, Undersecretary Sadain said during the meeting.