SULTAN KUDARAT – The constituents of the Municipality of Sultan Kudarat will now have better and easier access to basic and socio-economic services as the concreting of the Sultan Mastura Road (Phase I) has already been completed.
Formal turn-over ceremony of the said completed project will be held Friday, Feb. 17, in Barangay Banubo of this town, to be lead and graced by no less than the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv S. Hataman and the region’s Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-ARMM) Secretary Don Mustapha A. Loong.
Also gracing the ceremony and ribbon cutting are DPWH-ARMM Maguindanao 1 District Engineer Nasrodin M. Ibrahim and his Assistant District Engineer Mando S. Ugokan; Sultan Kudarat Mayor Datu Shameem B. Mastura; Former Sultan Kudarat Mayor Hadji Datu Tucao O. Mastura; Sultan Kudarat Sangguniang Bayan Members; Barangay Banubo Chairman Hadji Rhoste Luawan; and Barangay Mulaog Chairman Hadji Mustapha O. Esmail. Beneficiaries from Brgy. Banubo and Brgy. Mulaog will also be at the ceremony.
The concreting of the Sultan Mastura Road (Phase I) project was implemented in 2016 through a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) by the municipal government of Sultan Kudarat.
The completed project is a local road which has an initial total length of 1.11 kilometers (km) and was implemented with an additional 200 meters that totalled 1.3 km, with an appropriation of P13.27 million.
According to Engr. Danny Ong, DPWH-ARMM Planning Chief and Director for Services, this road mainly impacts on the local farmer beneficiaries as this links production areas to the urban center of Sultan Kudarat to the nearby City of Cotabato.
“As this is located in a flooded area, this will help address the problem on perennial flooding in the said area. Also, directly influenced area will have an easy access to basic services such as schools, hospitals, markets located in Cotabato City,” added Dir. Ong.
The Hataman administration through its infrastructure arm, the DPWH-ARMM, has already invested a total of P304.52 million (22.39 km) of road projects from 2012 up to 2016 in Sultan Kudarat. An additional P150 million budget was added for 2017 road projects that have a total of 12.70 km and are now in the pipeline.
Governor Hataman and Secretary Loong are giving their all-out support to this historic and significant town of Sultan Kudarat whose forefathers were heroes of this land having fought for the freedom and religious independence of the Bangsamoro people from the colonizing Spaniards hundreds of years ago.
Sultan Kudarat is a first class municipality in the province of Maguindanao strategically located right beside Cotabato City which is the center of trade in the province, whose economy is mainly derived from agriculture. Its high value commercial crops that include copra, rice, and corn as well as its fish products supply the food and fish requirements not just of the locality, but also its neighboring towns.