The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), in collaboration with the World Bank, envisions the development of Sulu Province as a major economic and commercial hub for Mindanao and the country at large.
DPWH Secretary Manuel Bonoan revealed this during the week following a courtesy visit to his office by a World Bank team led by Dr. Ndiamé Diop, World Bank Country Director for Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.
“We discussed potential new areas of collaboration between the DPWH and the World Bank, in particular the “Infrastructure Development Plan for the Greater Sulu Metropolitan Area”, aimed at reviving Sulu’s position as a major economic and business not only for Mindanao but for the entire Philippines,” Bonoan added.
Bonoan said the proposed development plan will improve transportation facilities and meet the need for clean water and proper sanitation facilities, create opportunities for the development and promotion of various heritage and tourism potentials, build sustainable communities and pave the way for the eventual decline of the armed forces. conflict because of available and improved economic opportunities.
To achieve the objectives of the development plan, the DPWH, through the National Authority for Economic Development and Development, will request assistance from the World Bank to finance the conduct of the master plan, feasibility studies and the Detailed Engineering of the Sulu Mainland Water Supply Project, Jolo Sanitation Development Programme, Sulu Circumferential and Trans-Central Roads Development, Urban Renewal Program in Coastal Communities and Improved Transport Facilities.
Bonoan said the Sulu development project was just one of the big projects they discussed with the World Bank team.