Military-initiated dev't projects in Sulu for 2009 revealed
Sulu (19 February) -- Joint Task Force Comet Commander Maj Gen Juancho M Sabban cited recently the military's humanitarian and development programs intended for Sulu this year. Under the development program of the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines Task Force-Sulu, there are a total of 60 projects worth $ 6 million.
The projects to be undertaken include the following: 13 road constructions; eight water distributions; five well projects; seven school projects; and eight additional infrastructure projects such as market, pier, radio repeater, drying platform, and health center. The other 19 projects are already in progress.
"This number is not final yet, it may increase. These projects were only recently recommended and approved for implementation," says US Army Maj Arnel David, Team leader of the Task Force-Sulu Civil Affairs Team.
On the other hand, the AFP's National Development Support Command apportioned P39,416,000 for the 45 school projects. Aside from the aforementioned, P5 million was allotted to the task force's 44 projects on water system, school and mosque renovations, and livelihood programs on goat raising, duck raising, seaweeds farming, upgrading native chicken, and cassava farming. Some of these projects are already completed. Others are ongoing, while the rest are yet to be undertaken by the Marine Battalion Landing Teams in their respective areas of responsibility.
According to Maj Gen Sabban, many essential projects shall still be thought of by the troops, extending a variety of technical assistance to contribute to national development.
"These projects embody our untiring commitment to help and assist our Muslim brothers and sisters. The realization of development programs will nourish the trail of peace in places besieged by strife in the past," stresses the military chief.
"It is our hope that the beneficiaries will help nurture these projects so that the future generation can still use them as they had," he added.
Moreover, he said that the conduct of health activities and civic action programs is maintained. Bringing peace is the military's ultimate mission and this could be achieved better through humanitarian approach.
"The military will continuously assist the local government units, non-government organizations, and other agencies with the conduct of humanitarian missions. All humanitarian works of the AFP in Sulu will be sustained, with or without tactical operations against the terrorists ASG and JI," he assured. (42CRU, 4CRG, CRSAFP.PIA-BASULTA) [top]