Friday, September 4, 2015

ARMM gov’t inks deal to help poor communities

COTABATO CITY, Philippines - Officials on Friday expanded the service network of the Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance Synergy (HELPS) program of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
The HELPS program, launched in 2013, is meant to hasten the restoration of normalcy in impoverished peasant and fishing communities.
ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman, Regional Public Works Secretary Don Mustapha Loong and the chiefs of the region’s eight district engineering offices (DEOs) signed here an agreement binding them to cooperate in the implementation of HELPS infrastructure projects.
The project involves 100 barangays located in Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, both in mainland Mindanao, and the islands of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.
Hataman said the DEOs will implement this time HELPS infrastructure thrusts, to be bankrolled by the ARMM government.
He said the infrastructure interventions are needed to expedite the socio-economic growth of barangays that are still reeling from the adverse effects of armed conflicts and natural calamities in decades past.
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The ARMM will supervise and fund HELPS infrastructure initiatives through its Integrated Project Management Office (IPMO) in Cotabato City.
Besides its economic agenda, HELPS is also aimed at decreasing infant and maternal mortality and malnutrition among school children, provide children access to public schools, extend livelihood interventions to villagers and to foster peace through efficient community governance. -From philstar.com

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