COTABATO CITY — Lamitan City received on Friday, January 6, from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) the first half of a P15-million allocation to construct the market building to enhance the city government’s economic enterprise unit.
The checks amounting to P7.5 million were turned over by the Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG) chief Naguib Sinarimbo to Lamitan City Mayor Roderick Furigay during a simple rite, witnessed by other regional officials.
BARMM through the Interior Ministry and the office of Furigay will implement the two-storey market building project jointly.
“We are grateful to the Bangsamoro government for embarking on this project,” Furigay said after receiving the initial P7.5 million infrastructure grant.
Lamitan City is in Basilan, one of the provinces under BARMM. Other provinces under the Bangsamoro government are Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi; and the cities of Lamitan, Marawi, and Cotabato.
Sinarimbo’s office also released last December to Mayor Jaydeefar Lajid of Al-Barka town in Basilan half of a P15 million allocation for a market building in his municipality to help hasten its recovery from deadly armed conflicts in decades past.
Sinarimbo, in a message after his turn over to Furigay of the initial fund tranche, said he is glad about Lamitan City’s having received, from the central office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, five Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) citations since 2016.
The DILG’s grant of the vaunted SGLG to the deserving municipal, city, and provincial governments is a yearly program of the department, premised on efficient fund handling, comprehensive peace and security programs, and community-empowerment projects of nominee-LGUs.
Sources from DILG’s regional offices in Regions 9 and 12 said an SGLG can never be awarded to any LGU whose officials have issues with the Commission on Audit and the Ombudsman, or are involved in criminal activities.
Sinarimbo said the Bangsamoro government is keen on supporting the peace and development efforts of LGUs in the autonomous region. (John Unson with Antonio Manaytay)