DPWH infrastructure projects in Tawi-Tawi to propel economy

DPWH infrastructure projects in Tawi-Tawi to propel economy

COTABATO City — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to implement major infrastructure projects to boost socio-economic development in Tawi-Tawi under its infrastructure program for 2012.

On Sept 27, a ground breaking ceremony was held to signal the start of the implementation of water system project funded by the public works department in the amount of P370 million to address the problem of lack of access to potable water of residents of Tawi-Tawi.

DPWH-ARMM Planning Head Danny Ong, said the water system project is designed by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LUWA) to be undertaken by DPWH Region 9 as part of the Transition Investment Support Program (TISP) of the DPWH Central Office under the Stimulus Fund.

As part of the culmination activity for this year’s celebration of Tawi-Tawi’s foundation anniversary which started Sept 23, marked the inauguration of two out of three modular steel bridges with the total length of 170 meters while the other one is near completion.

Total cost for the construction of the three bridges amounted to P327 million as part of the bridge program of President Aquino.

Ground breaking rites were likewise held for the implementation of expansion program for the P70 million Sanga-Sanga Airport Terminal and terminal building in a bid to promote eco-tourism and commerce and trade and generate livelihood opportunities for the people in the area.

Dubbed the southernmost pearl of the Philippines, the remote island of Tawi-Tawi is composed of 11 municipalities and has a total population of 450,346 based on the 2007 census.

With fishing, agriculture and barter trade as main source of livelihood, it is dominated by indigenous people namely the Badjao, Samal and Tausug.

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