By Rocaya Sumndad Otical
The Bangsamoro government-funded P400-million water system to serve 40 barangays in this Islamic city started construction after its ground-breaking on Tuesday at Barangay Pugaan.
Minister Naguib Sinarimbo of the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and Lanao del Sur Provincial Governor Mamintal A. Adiong Jr. led officials in the project’s groundbreaking ceremony.
Sinarimbo who represented BARMM chief minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim said the Marawi Water Construction and Rehabilitation Project (MWCRP) is a joint venture of the BARMM and the provincial government of Lanao del Sur.
“The project will serve 40 barangays, which is not covered by the Task Force Bangon Marawi Rehabilitation Project and will complement the same,” he said on Wednesday.
The national government earlier approved a P3.56-billion fund for the rehabilitation of Marawi City following the May 2017 siege staged by the Maute terrorist group.
Sinarimbo said the MWCRP is fully funded by the Office of BARMM Chief Minister Ahod “Murad” Ebrahim.
In behalf of the regional government, Sinarimbo also handed over to Adiong checks representing 50 percent of the project cost to fast track the project’s implementation during the ceremony.
“This demonstrates the continuing commitment of the Bangsamoro government to respond to the needs of our communities and partner with willing and able LGUs (local government units) in the region,” he said. MNY