In an effort to come up with a more systematic approach in the implementation of infrastructure projects in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) conducts a symposium with DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar as keynote speaker in an event held April 6, 2018 at the City Garden Suites, Ermita, Manila.
DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar expressed his unwavering support to the objectives of DPWH Assistant Secretary Tingagun A. Umpa, in-charge of ARMM and Special Mindanao Projects in crafting policies and guidelines to strengthen the coordination among the national government, ARMM, and other stakeholders.
“We’ve set the stage for what will be the most ambitious Build, Build, Build program of the national government and not just for the major areas but in Mindanao as well,” Secretary Villar said.
Attended by representatives from DPWH-ARMM led by Regional Secretary Don Mustapha A. Loong and DPWH National particularly the Regional Directors and District Engineers from Regions 9, 10, and 12, and concerned Project Directors of DPWH Project Management Offices, the gathering is aimed at establishing synergy between DPWH-ARMM and DPWH National in ensuring the delivery of the much needed infrastructure projects for the people.
Secretary Villar also affirmed the national government’s commitment to provide assistance for ARMM in ensuring proper implementation of projects whilst still recognizing the autonomy of the region.
DPWH Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain who was once assigned as ARMM Regional Cabinet Secretary for four and a half years (January 2012 to June 2015) said that the national government gives high respect and importance to the region with the implementation of major infrastructure projects and other sustainable development programs towards the upliftment of the social and economic well-being of Muslim brethren in Mindanao.