MANILA – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is exploring the possibility of obtaining financing and technical support from the World Bank for its proposed infrastructure development plan for the Greater Sulu Metropolitan Area.
In his report to Secretary Manuel M. Bonoan, Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Undersecretary for Operations Emil K. Sadain said the World Bank had expressed interest in providing financial support for the projects. infrastructure proposed by the DPWH in Sulu aimed at reviving the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region Province in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) province’s status as a major economic and commercial center not only for Mindanao but for the Philippines.
Undersecretary Sadain and Dr. Ndiamé Diop, World Bank Country Director for the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Brunei, met on July 7, 2022 and discussed ways to further strengthen cooperation on projects planned development, especially roads and bridges; water supply system; sanitation development; and urban renewal in coastal communities.
The World Bank Executive reaffirmed the Bank’s support for the initiatives of the DPWH that will meet Sulu’s needs for clean water and adequate sanitation, the possibility of improving transport facilities that will also benefit the delivery of agricultural products. , the development and promotion of various heritage and tourism potentials, the building of communities and the eventual decline of armed conflict due to available and improved economic opportunities.
“I am grateful to the World Bank for showing a desire to partner again with DPWH on projects that will contribute to the food security agenda, improve the standard of living of people and advance the economic transformation of Sulu,” said Secretary Bonoan.
In addition to Undersecretary Sadain and Dr. Diop, the meeting at the DPWH Central Office included DPWH UPMO Project Directors, Ramon Arriola III and Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim; Project Manager Shirley Castro; and Ms. Madhu Raghunath, World Bank Sustainable Development Sector Manager for the Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand (BMPT) Program, with Ma. Fiorella Fabella, Mavi Ladia and Hope Gerochi.
In accordance with Article 37 of Article 13 of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, the DPWH is committed to fostering development in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, especially in the construction and maintenance of national roads and bridges , water supply services and flood control and irrigation system.
“By providing several infrastructure projects, community development and social services, the aspirations of the people of Sulu who have suffered from decades of conflict and underdevelopment will be addressed with positive changes in terms of jobs and opportunities. to escape poverty,” said Undersecretary Sadain, Alternate Representative of DPWH and Focal Point for BARMM.
The proposed DPWH – World Bank partnership for Sulu has the following scope of activities: preparation of detailed engineering design, conduct of civil works and construction supervision for the Sulu Mainland Water Supply Project; preparation of a feasibility study, detailed engineering design, conduct of civil works and construction of the Jolo sanitation development programme; preparation of detailed engineering design, conduct of civil works and construction supervision of 161 km Sulu circumferential roads and 77 km trans-central roads, as well as additional 42 km loop roads; preparation of master plan and feasibility studies, detailed engineering design and conduct of civil works and construction supervision for urban renewal program in coastal communities.
Under DPWH Department Order 87, the Sulu Circumferential Road in the First and Second Legislative Districts has recently been converted to a national road under the jurisdiction of DPWH through the Regional Project Management Office – BARMM and the 9. regional office (DSWD)