2,952 households in two barangays of Sarangani and two barangays in South Cotabato province now have better access to potable water through the development projects implemented by the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA through the Bangsamoro Assistance for Development and Community Empowerment (Bangsamoro ADVANCE) and Bangsmoro SOLIDARITY Components of the Mindanao Trust Fund-Reconstruction and Development Program (MTFRDP).
The barangay recipients of the project are Polonuling and Palian all in Tupi, South Cotabato and Burias in Glan and Sapu Masla in Malapatan all in the province of Sarangani provinces.
Accordingly, the project will ease the access of said communities to clean water. They will have less expenses and less time to consume from fetching water.
Bangsamoro ADVANCE and Bangsamoro SOLIDARITY are programs conceptualized in support to confidence building measures of the GPH- MILF as provided in the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB). This was also in respond to the clamour from the communities especially on the implementation of basic services including livelihood opportunities.
“The implementation of this program demonstrates the continuing commitment of both the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) in pursuing peace and development in the Bangsamoro, and in Mindanao in general”, Dir. Yacob said.
“It also demonstrates the enduring support of donors in helping the BDA promote socioeconomic recovery in the conflict affected areas in Mindanao”, Yacob added.
Bangsamoro ADVANCE and Bangsamoro SOLIDARITY are programs supported by the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) with various donors such as the European Union, the government of Sweden, Australia, Canada, United States, New Zealand and the World Bank which also serves as Trust Fund Administrator and Secretariat.