Monday, January 18, 2010

ARMM port gets new access road

A photo released by the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao shows ARMM Social Fund Project Manager Engineer Nasser Sinarimbo as briefs Regional Governor Ansaruddin Adiong on the potentials of Polloc Port in Parang town in Maguindanao to become an international seaport. The Japan International Cooperation Agency funded the rehabilitation of the port access road worth more than P22 million. Also shown in the picture are Maguindanao Governor Bai Nariman Ambolodto, Parang Mayor Talib Abo and JICA representative Tito Oria.

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / January 18, 2010) - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao officials recently inaugurated a Japanese government funded access road in Maguindanao province and the new project is expected to further boost economic activities in the southern Philippines.

Ali Macabalang, executive director of the ARMM's Bureau of Public Information, said Ansaruddin Adiong, the regional governor, led officials in inaugurating the P22.8 million access road in Polloc port in Parang town.

Adiong, he said, handed over the project to Polloc Port Manager Moharim Mohammad and Engineer Nasser Sinarimbo, ARMM Social Fund Project manager.

The 6,000-meter access road was rehabilitated with funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency through the ASFP. "The opening of the access road will signal the start of the ARMM government’s vision to operate fully the Polloc Port as a regional hub of marine transport activities.

“Rehabilitation and improvements of ports in ARMM is one of priority projects,” Macabalang quoted Adiong as saying.

Mohamad said the concreting and rehabilitation of the wharf road network would ensure smooth, efficient and effective movement and delivery of services at the Polloc Port, which has a land area of more than 123 hectares and has the potential to become one of the country's international seaports.

Sinarimbo also said that efficient sea ports operations are imperative in the socioeconomic uplift of the Muslim autonomous region.

ASFP has been implementing vital projects in ARMM that include education, health, infrastructure and other socio-economic concerns. While JICA aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation as well as the sound development of Japanese and global economy by supporting the socioeconomic development, recovery or economic stability of developing regions. (With reports from Mark Navales)

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