Military to secure gas, oil project in Sulu town

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) is ready to provide security to the multi-billion project set to take place in an island-town in the restive Sulu province.

Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Westmincom chief, made the assurance after he graced on October 22 the 39th founding anniversary of Lugus town, which was highlighted by the groundbreaking ceremony of the liquefied natural gas refinery plant.

In his message, Sobejana congratulated the residents of Lugus “for the milestones they achieved under the leadership of Mayor Hadar Hajiri.”

“We are ready to deploy one battalion here in Lugus to ensure the safety of the people since peace and development has been started,” Sobejana said.

Hajiri said the municipal government has allotted some 30 hectares land in Barangay Parian Kayawan where the refinery plant will be constructed.

Last month, the Energy World International (EWI) headed by Graham Elliot earlier signed a memorandum of understanding with the Lugus officials regarding the project. EWI has partnered with local firm Hadar and Medzar Gas and Oil Corporation for the USD2.3 billion gas and oil exploration project in Lugus, Sulu.

The project includes the construction of a refinery plant so that the natural gas and oil that can be extracted shall be refined in Lugus town.

Meanwhile, Sobejana said the military will help Lugus promote its tourist spots.

“We will make Lugus a tourist spot, from terrorism to tourism,” he added.

Sulu Vice Governor Abdusakur Tan II expressed hopes that the initiative and effort of the Lugus municipal government and the investors involved will bring about the long-awaited development of the province.

“For a long time, Sulu has seemingly being left on its own while those from other areas have been enjoying and profiting from the rich marine resources that are teeming in our waters,” Tan said. PNA.GOV.PH