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P4.2-B fund for ARMM programs earmarked

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By Nonoy E. Lacson

Zamboanga City – A  total of P4.196 billion has been allotted by the  Local government Units (LGUs) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)  to fund programs that support the ARMM Regional Development Framework 2016-2019.

Local officials from across the region drafted the Programs, Projects, Services and Activities (PPSA) during the 3rd ARMM Local Government Summit held from Nov 30 to Dec 1 at the SM Lanang Premier’s SMX Convention Center in Davao City.

ARMM Interior and Local Government Secretary Noor Hafizullah Abdullah said the development framework represents the aspirations of the ARMM constituents reflecting different concerns in every province and town in the region.

The plans will be implemented in 2018 and 2019 and would be bankrolled by development funds from each LGU addressing issues on poverty, socio-economic, security, disaster preparedness, and infrastructure.

The PPSA is aligned with the ARMM Regional Development Framework, which is anchored on six fronts: agri-fishery development; functional LGUs, improved regional government service delivery, and increased people’s participation; anti-terrorism, illegal drugs, and crimes under public order and security;  health and nutrition, education, livelihood, water and sanitation, and social welfare and protection; disaster preparedness, response and rehabilitation and environmental protection and management; and infrastructure support.

“The framework is a key instrument for the LGUs to properly and equitably allocate development funds to ensure improvements of welfare of communities,” Sec. Abdullah said.

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