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ASFP implements community-based projects in Butig, Lanao del Sur

Koronadal City (6 September) -- Residents of Barangay Samer in this town have had a hard time drying their farm produce and fetching water from a deep well for daily consumption not until two units of solar drier and a potable water system have been constructed by the ARMM Social Fund Project (ASFP) early this year funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Projects also like multi-purpose center, two units of latrines and three laundry sheds had been constructed and completed in this barangay as part of the Community Development Assistance (CDA) projects being implemented by the ASFP through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-ARMM).

Samer People's Organization president Hadji Alawi Amatonding expressed his gratitude to the leadership of the ARMM for pouring in such considerable and significant projects in their area. "These projects particularly the water system and the laundry sheds are of great help to us residents of this barangay especially for our women and mothers," said Amatonding.

Amatonding organized a consultation meeting with other residents and formed the Samer Organization for Development in order to lobby for projects that would help improve their living condition.

Butig mayor Dimnatang Pansar was also grateful to the Autonomous Regional Government through ARMM Social Fund Project under the leadership of Regional Governor Datu Zaldy Ampatuan and to the officials of the JICA for supporting such projects for his constituents.

"We are very thankful that we have this multi-purpose center where our people can use for various activities, the solar driers where our farmers can easily dry up their crops, the communal toilets which are situated near the Madrasah (Arabic School) where our students can use while having classes and most of all the potable water system, added mayor Pansar".

ARMM Social Fund Project Management Office has been implementing social and development projects primarily in the far-flung villages from the six component provinces and one city of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) under the administration of Regional Governor Datu Zaldy Ampatuan to reduce poverty incidence, improve healthcare services and boost local economy in the region through massive development programs and projects.

The Japanese government has committed a 2.47 Billion Yen worth of various development and community based projects in the region since year 2005 through soft loans by the national government and granted to ARMM to further its development and build peace in the region. (bpi-armm/PIA 12) [top]

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