ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has completed the construction of two high-impact projects in Panglima Estino, Sulu, bringing the total to PhP323.77 million worth of infrastructure the ARMM has poured in that town since 2012.
The newly-completed projects included the Sagay-Sayay Level II Water Supply System and a school building at the Panglima Estino National High School.
ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman on Thursday led the turnover and inauguration of the two projects.
On Saturday, he said here that the water system supplies safe and potable water to Panglima Estino residents, who in the past, relied on deep wells making them vulnerable to water-borne disease.
For instance, residents of Barangay Marsada, an outlying village, sourced out their drinking water from a deep well with brackish water.
Panglima Estino Mayor Benshar Estino said they plan to establish a water district to further improve delivery of potable water to the residents of the town.
Estino said the residents will only pay for the transmission and administrative cost of the water supplied to them once a local water district is established.
Hataman said the newly-completed one-unit six-classroom school building will accommodate the senior high school students of the Panglima Estino National High School.
The turnover and inauguration of the two projects on Thursday coincided with the celebration of the 37th founding anniversary of Panglima Estino town.
Panglima Estino, which comprises of 12 barangays, is a fifth class municipality with 28,817 residents as of the 2015 census on population.
Aside from Estino, Hataman was assisted in the turnover and inauguration of the two projects by Engineer Don Mustapha Loon, Department of Public Works and Highways-ARMM (DPWH-ARMM) secretary; Sulu second district Rep. Abdulmunir Arbison; and, Eng’r. Az-Zamier Arbison of Sulu second district engineering office. (PNA)