By Teng L. Datu
Cotabato City Bureau Chief
Panglima Estino, Sulu — This town’s residents will benefit significantly from high-impact infrastructure projects turned over by the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) to the local government recently.
Armm Governor Mujiv Hataman led the turnover ceremony assisted by Don Mustapha Loong, Public Works and Highways-Armm secretary; Abdulmunir Arbison, representing the 2nd legislative district of Sulu at the House of Representatives; Benshar Estino, mayor of Panglima Estino; and Az-Zamier Arbison, district engineer of Sulu’s 2nd district engineering office.
The projects include the Sagay-Sagay Water Supply System Level II, or communal faucet units, and a school building at the Panglima Estino National High School.
The water system project now supplies the community of Panglima Estino with safe and potable water. In the past, the community sourced its supply of drinking water from deep wells and water pumps, which put their lives at risk from water-borne diseases. For instance, residents of Barangay Marsada, an outlying village, used to get its drinking water from a deep well with salty water.
The municipal government of Panglima Estino is currently planning to establish a water district that would further improve water services to its residents. Estino said once a local water district is established, the residents will only pay for the transmission and administrative costs of the water supplied to them.
Meanwhile, a one-unit six-classroom school building at the Panglima Estino National High School was also turned over by the Armm, through Hataman. The new school building would cater to senior high school students.
The Armm, under the Hataman administration, has already poured in a total of P323.77 million worth of infrastructure projects to Panglima Estino since 2012. This year, a 5.5 kilometer road in this town will be paved with a total cost estimated at P109.50 million.
Panglima Estino is a fifth class town in Sulu province composed of 12 barangays with almost 30,000 residents. The turnover of the projects coincided with the town’s 37th founding anniversary. Hataman lauded the local government unit of Panglima Estino and its residents for contributing to the town’s progress and development. (with reports from bpi armm)