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Rep. Sajid Mangudadatu tests methane gas emanating from the land below Liguasan Marsh in his hometown of Pandag, Maguindanao, using a prototype of an equipment that his group developed. The legislator is working with foreign investors for the exploration of natural gas in the Maguindanao area. (photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera of Mindanews)

Liguasan Marsh gas deposits to make country Dubai-like: solon

INVESTORS interested on gas exploration have started coming to Maguindanao even as an energy plant would soon rise in the province.

Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu of Maguindanao on Friday said Chinese and Israeli investors and scientists are scheduled to visit Maguindanao this month.

Mangudadatu said that with the vast deposits of natural gas beneath Liguasan Marsh, “Maguindanao and the country will become like Dubai.”

“When that is realized, our OFWs can come home because job opportunities will be available here,” he added.

He said the marshland would cease to become a battlefield once natural gas production commences.

The vast marshland produces methane gas if deeper digging is made, Mangudadatu claimed, adding that the government may distribute cooking stoves so the locals can use the methane gas while exploration is yet to commence. “Otherwise, these natural resources will be wasted,” he said.

According to a government survey, the marshland – surrounded by the provinces of Maguindanao, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat – has a 300-kilometer radius of natural gas deposits beneath.

To prove his claim, Mangudadatu showed how to harness methane gas from the area using a prototype model of a device that his group built, installed within his compound here as the source of gas is just nearby. Witnessing his demonstration were soldiers and police officers who came over to accept rebel returnees.

With the Bangsamoro Organic Law signed recently by President Rodrigo Duterte, Mangudadatu is optimistic that peace would now reign in Maguindanao’s rebel-infested communities and convert what used to be a battlefield into a productive area supplying natural gas to locals and nearby areas. (Ferdinandh Cabrera of Mindanews)


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