ARMM Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) Ready By Year End

(November 29, 2016.Cotabato City). The Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is now on the process of drafting the latest Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) or the 2017-2019 ARMM List. ARMM IPP enumerates the economic activities the ARMM government should incentivized to meet regional development goals.
Lawyer, Ishak V. Mastura, Chairman and Managing Head of RBOI said that before finalizing the ARMM list, series of IPP consultations are conducted region wide. “IPP consultations were organized as early as mid of last year when we started the review in Lamitan, Basilan Province. Multi-sector groups that were already consulted other than Basilan were from Cotabato City, Parang,  and Upi Maguindanao, the latest in Tawi-Tawi and next will be in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. We target to...

ARMM Hopes To Revitalize Sabah Cross-border Trade In BIMP-EAGA Summit

(Cotabato City, November 25, 2016). The ARMM economic growth and linkage regional cabinet cluster through its head, Regional Board of Investments chairman Ishak Mastura, announced its plan to send a delegation to the upcoming Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area Summit (BIMP-EAGA) next week in Puerto Princesa, Palawan to push for a revitalized Sabah cross-border trade with the island provinces of ARMM, namely, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.  
The announcement was made at the sidelines of the ARMM's year-end Strategic Visioning and Planning Workshop.
In the preceding months of the year, ARMM's cross-border trade with Sabah significantly lessened after the string of Abu Sayyaf-related kidnappings and piracy in the Sulu Sea that prompted...

ARMM Hopeful Of More Banana Exports To Japan After Duterte Visit

October 26, 2016, Cotabato City

After the recent announcement of Secretary Manny Pinol of the Department of Agriculture about the potential for more exports of bananas to Japan coming from the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), its Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) confirmed that the ARMM is gearing up for the challenge and is in fact already a major source of exports of Cavendish bananas to Japan, particularly from the Unifrutti Group Philippines.
As narrated in radio DZMM, Filipino farmers in conflict-wracked Central Mindanao, particularly the ARMM component province of Maguindanao, will supply Cavendish bananas to a Japanese supermarket chain under an agreement that will be signed during President Rodrigo Duterte's trip to Tokyo this week, his agriculture minister said Tuesday.
A 5,000-hectare Cavendish banana plantation, which can produce up...

RBOI Oks P831-M Power Project In ARMM To Address Power Crisis

October 25, 2016, Cotabato City
The Regional Board of Investments of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RBOI-ARMM) in a Joint Meeting of the Board of Governors’ and  Management Committee (ManCom) approved yesterday the  application of KALTIMEX Rural Energy Corporation (KREC) to register its energy project with RBOI to avail of fiscal and non-fiscal incentives being provided by the government.
Kaltimex, a 99.99% Filipino and .01% Indian company will be setting up an 8MW capacity diesel power plant in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi worth P831 million generating 34 jobs. The company promises to provide   a 24/7 round the clock power supply through the Tawi-Tawi Electric Cooperative, Inc. (TAWELCO) to service the development requirements of the...

Business Forum Tackles ARMM Autonomy As Baseline For Federalism

The Regional Board of Investments-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RBOI ARMM) recently conducted a “Forum on the Business Experience of Autonomy vis-vis Federalism: The ARMM Case” in Cotabato City. The forum was organized to raise public awareness on the issue of changing the present unitary- presidential form of government to federalism and to present the ARMM experience of autonomy as a baseline for federalism.

Lawyer, Ishak V. Mastura,  Chairman and Managing Head of RBOI said that the forum is just timely since the Duterte administration is pushing for a federal form of government claiming that it is favorable to the country due to its diverse ethnic population and existing social pluralism. The RBOI wants to take part in making the people understand the issue and develop the right decision if federalism is good or not for Filipinos, specifically to the Bangsamoro, and tackle in the forum possible advantages...