(philstar.com) | Updated June 1, 2015 - 4:39pm
COTABATO CITY, Philippines — The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) generated a P5.5 million income from seaport operations in the past six months, higher than its collections in the same period in 2014.
Hanie Bud, general manager of the ARMM's Regional Ports Management Authority (RPMA), said their collections in the past six months were 12 percent higher than the first and second quarters last year.
The ARMM government had collected a total of P12 million from its port operations from January to December last year, much higher compared to the combined yearly collections in 2010 and 2011.
"Based on the present trend of collections, we are confident that we will exceed our P12 million revenue earnings target for 2015," Bud said.
He said despite their meager operation budget, the RPMA still managed to pursue three projects in the Sulu port last year—the fencing of the wharf's right wing, renovation of a collection booth and the repair of its administrative building gate.
"We also procured office equipment, furniture and other provisions for our port office there," Bud said.
The RPMA operates the seaports in Jolo, Sulu, in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi and in Lamitan City in Basilan.
The agency also helps local government units manage smaller ports in Siasi in Sulu, in Maluso, Basilan and in the island towns of Mapun, Sitangkai and in Sibutu, all in Tawi-Tawi.
Bud said credit would have to go to ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman, who is active in helping manage the RPMA's operation.
"It is something previous regional governors did not do," he said.
Hataman first assumed as appointed caretaker of ARMM in December 2011 and, subsequently, became ARMM's 8th elected regional governor during the region's May 13, 2013 polls.
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