12K poor ARMM residents to receive shelter

COTABATO CITY – Civil servants of the autonomous region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) launched a housing program on Thursday that hopefully would improve the lives of 12,000 poor families in the region.

This year, at least 7,000 family beneficiaries and another 5,000 in 2017 will receive the ARMM's Bangsamoro Regional Inclusive Development for Growth and Empowerment (ARMM-BRIDGE), or & # 39; Apat na Dapat & # 39; program aimed at combating poverty and improving the living conditions of the poorest households in the region by providing basic needs.

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman led Thursday the pioneering ceremony of housing projects and the distribution of food supplies in the cities of Matanog, Buldon and Barira in Maguindanao.

"These housing projects would be realized before the new political entity, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), will assume full governance," said Hataman.

He noted that via the BRIDGE program beneficiaries will soon move to secure houses because one of the basic needs of these families is decent housing.

"We will do our best so that before the end of the year you can have your own decent houses where you can be proud," said Hataman.

The governor also led the ceremonial interruptions of the ground for shelter projects in barangays Pura and Matuber in the coastal town of Datu Blah Sinsuat on Wednesday.

The regional government has reserved about PHP 2.9 billion this year for 7,000 family beneficiaries. Approximately 5,000 households in the region have benefited from PHP1.9 billion in 2017 under the program.

Under the program, each family recipient would receive a core reception on a 120-square-meter site, food supplies for six months, maintenance training, water and sanitation and solar lighting.

Official data from the ARMM-BRIDGE showed that PHP 2.2 billion is intended for housing projects – PHP94 million for water systems, PHP180 million for electrical supply, PHP 320 million for food supply, PHP 140 million for living expenses and PHP 25 million for hygiene kits, under Others.

Saira Macauyag, a mother of seven in Barira, Maguindanao, one of the beneficiaries, said she was excited to live in a house she could finally call home.

"I have dreamed of having a house, and once this project has been completed, my dream is fulfilled:" Macauyag, whose family deals with corn farming as a source of livelihood, said in the vernacular.

"It's good if we earn PHP2000 per month when harvesting corn, which is why the food ration from ARMM-BRIDGE makes my daily routine lighter," she said.

Under the livelihood component, her barangay will receive a mini-supermarket and a vegetable-production project.

The ARMM includes the cities of Lamitan and Marawi and the provinces of Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan and Lanao del Sur. (PNA)

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