MAMASAPANO ONE YEAR-LATER: Php 7.8 Billion In Business Investments In ARMM And Rising

Investments soared in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to a whopping Php 7.8 billion from January 2015 to the present despite the Mamasapano tragedy, which happened a year ago on January 25, 2015. On that date, the police Special Action Force (SAF) on a mission to Mamasapano, Maguindanao to arrest a high-value police target, Marwan Zulkifli  bin Hir, had an encounter killing more than 60 people, including 44 of the elite force wiping out their entire SAF company almost to the last man except for a lone survivor, and 18 from a mixed group of guerilla fighters.

Despite the Mamasapano debacle last year, the Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) recorded Php 6.5 billion total investments in 2015, the best year ever for private...

Despite BBL Uncertainty And Mamasapano Tragedy, ARMM Investments Up With P1.3-B Oil-palm Project In Maguindanao

Investments in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are off to a good start in 2016 following the approval last Friday by the Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) of the registration of the P1.3 billion oil-palm plantation project of Gintong Agri-Corporation. 
This is despite of the uncertainty of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) passing  into law in Congress and the upcoming first year anniversary of the tragedy that  shocked the nation on January 25, 2015 claiming the lives of more than 60 individuals in the town of Mamasapano in Maguindanao following a police operation by the Special Action Force to get Marwan Zulkifli bin Hir, a wanted bomber, leading to a fierce encounter with Moro rebel groups.
For its initial operation, Gintong Agri...

ARMM's Best Year Ever: P6.5-B Investments In 2015

(COTABATO CITY. December 9, 2015.) The Regional Board of Investments - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao  (RBOI-ARMM) has recorded a Php6.5 billion total investments this year exceeding 900% of its 2015 agency target of Php 700 million. This 2015, is the best year ever since the region has generated the highest value of investments in the 26-year history of ARMM.   This was reported by RBOI yesterday during the Year-End Meeting of the ARMM Cabinet -Economic Growth and Linkages (EGL) Cluster held in Cotabato City presided by cluster head RBOI Chairman, Atty. Ishak V. Mastura.

This year, RBOI approved eight (8) investment projects.  Al-Sahar Agri Ventures Inc.  is the biggest investor  to develop a Php 3.7 billion cavendish banana plantations in  Maguindanao. Second is Chan C. Mining  Incorporated which invested  Php742 million  for a mining and quarrying of nickel ore project ...

Sans BBL, Traders Keep Investing In ARMM With New P471-M Energy Project

(COTABATO CITY, December 4, 2015). The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has continued attracting investments despite the uncertainty of the passage of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in the Senate and the House of Representatives.  
The Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) on Wednesday in its last Joint Board and Management Committee Meeting for 2015 in Cotabato City provisionally approved the registration of the...



The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), a forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that promotes free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region, is holding in Manila on November 12, 2015 the APEC High Level Dialogue on Inclusive Business with the theme “Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better the World”.

Upon the initiative of the Philippines, country host for the APEC this year, the “Inclusive Business Model” officially becomes part of the APEC agenda during the high level dialogue.

The Department of Trade and Industry – Board of Investments describes the “inclusive business model” as a commercially viable and innovative private sector approach that provides – either at scale or scalable – goods, services, or livelihood opportunities for the low...