Collaboration with DPWH Central Office in the Identification of 2020 Infrastructure Projects in BARMM.
Pursuant to Republic Act No. 11054, “Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Article XIII Section 37 Public Works and Infrastructure, which states:
“The National Government shall fund and implement the construction and maintenance of national roads, bridges, water supply and services, and flood control and irrigation systems, and for the maintenance of existing airports, seaports, and wharves in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. Provided, that with regard to water supply and services, flood control, and irrigation systems that connect to or from facilities outside the Bangsamoro Government and the appropriate national or local government bodies. All national roads and bridges in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region shall be included in the National Road Network Information System. Nationally-funded infrastructure projects shall be implemented by the National Government.
The Bangsamoro Government shall submit proposals to the appropriate national government agency for the inclusion of the cost of such maintenance in the latter’s budget that shall be submitted to the Congress of the Philippines for inclusion in the General Appropriations Act. Funding for national roads, bridges, and irrigation system shall be regularly released to the relevant department of the National Government.”
As such, improvement of the said national roads in the Bangsamoro territory, as stipulated therein, is a necessary increment for growth and development of the region. Through the initiative and strong support of DPWH Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, who is the Alternate Representative and Focal Person for BARMM Infrastructure Projects, it is targeted to identify the priority plans and programs of the BARMM for the proposed budget in CY 2019 relative to the funding implementation of the construction and maintenance of the national roads, bridges, and flood control.
In attendance to the workshop are key officials of DPWH Central Office led by Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, Ministry of Public Works led by Assistant Secretary Danilo A. Ong, OIC District Engineers, Director Muhajirin Ali of the RPDO-BARMM, and Japan International Cooperation Agency Philippines representatives Mr. Azuma Kenjiro and Ms. Yukiko Sano.