June 29, 2018, Mabalacat, Clark Pampanga –

On June 28, 2018, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, along with the department’s undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, and heads of attached agencies met with officials from the DOTC-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) headed by Regional Sec Datu Ombra Sinsuat Jr.

The meeting was organized to discuss empowering linkages, coordination, and collaboration between the DOTr and its counterpart in the ARMM.

“Sa tinagal-tagal ng panahon, napansin kami. First time po na hinarap kami ng DOTr nang kumpleto. First time din na kami ay pinakinggan. Na-surprise kami ‘nun, pati mga kasama ko,” said Sinsuat.

According to Secretary Tugade, the meeting is just among the efforts of the department to ensure that local governments do not feel left out, and are actively involved in efforts to improve their locality, especially in Mindanao, where many areas are still under-developed due to years of violence, corruption, and under-investment.