The western side of Isabela de Basilan connects the city with neighboring Lantawan, Maluso and Sumisip. These projects aim to improve accessibility for farmer-producers in these three dynamic growth areas of Basilan island to connect these with the burgeoning markets of Isabela City and its resident consumer base of more than 132,000 (est. 2022 pop.)
The close cooperation between the City Government under the leadership of Isabela City Mayor Sitti Djalia A Turabin-Hataman, the Office of Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman and DPWH DEO Isabela City since 2019 has already resulted in a virtual avalanche of projects amounting to almost half a billion pesos for Isabela City alone. The aggressive infrastructure buildup has contributed greatly in ensuring that the city weather the worst effects of the economic downturn brought about by the global COVID19 pandemic.
Apart from proactive measures instituted to ensure that the local economy stayed afloat amidst the crisis, the government-led pump-priming measures thru massive infrastructure projects helped push the city to accomplish record growth among local registered businesses by a whopping 28.19%.
Infrastructure, one of five crucial pillars of the annual Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index, which includes economic dynamism, government efficiency, resiliency and innovation, has been a solid growth area for the city thanks to efforts at synergizing plans, programs and strategic directions of the City LGU, the Provincial Government of Basilan, the Lone District of Basilan and National Government Agencies.