ARMM Economic Development Roadmap To Include Federalism Study

The Chairman and Managing Head of the Regional Board of Investments of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RBOI-ARMM), lawyer Ishak Mastura, called for the conduct of a study on how Federalism can improve the policy environment for business and economic development using the ARMM experience of autonomy as baseline, reference point and case study. To begin with, he proposed a forum on Federalism entitled “Forum on Business Experience of Autonomy vis-à- vis Federalism: The Case of the ARMM” to launch the ARMM initiative on Federalism as part of the 100 days of newly re-elected ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman.

Mastura discussed the Federalism study and forum during a meeting with regional economic development agencies held at the office of the ARMM Department of Trade and Industry to craft an Economic Development Roadmap for the ARMM.

Mastura pointed out that no less than the United States...


Goal of the Hataman administration for the new term 2016-2019 is no more brownouts in the Sulu archipelago

COTABATO CITY, June 16, 2016 – The island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, also known by the acronym BASULTA, which compose the Sulu archipelago part of the 5-province Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), suffer from perennial brownouts or no running electricity at all in many parts.
The island provinces of the Sulu archipelago are also notorious as the lair and stomping grounds of the dreaded Abu Sayyaf, which very recently landed in the headlines again for beheading one of its foreign kidnap victims.
The Sulu archipelago is literally gripped in darkness and people live in the dark age not only because of the terror of the Abu Sayyaf but because electricity coverage is sporadic and for the most part its people and communities have no access...

ARMM Launches WB-IFC Project For Sustainable Agri Investments

The Regional Board of Investment (RBOI), Head of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Regional Cabinet Cluster on Economic Growth together with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the investment arm of World Bank (WB) and the Hineleban Foundation will launch today the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA)  at the RPDO-ARMM Office, Cotabato City. The HCSA is part of the Bangsamoro Sustainability Framework (BSF) that aims to promote sustainable agricultural investments in the Bangsamoro.
Lawyer, Ishak Mastura, Chairman of RBOI said that despite some uncertainties of a new autonomy framework in the peace negotiations considering also that the country now has a new elected president who may have different plans for the Bangsamoro still, a number of private sector investors are continuing to forge ahead with their plans for agri related investment in the region.  Some of these are Al Sahar Agri–Ventures Inc., Salam Agri-Ventures...

RBOI Conducts IPP Consultation In Upi, Maguindanao

The Regional Board of Investments (RBOI), of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) recently conducted the 3rd leg of its region wide  2016 ARMM Investments Priorities Plan (IPP) Consultation and Roadshow. This time, RBOI chose the Municipality of Upi which is 38 kilometers away from Cotabato City as venue for the said activity.  

IPP discussions focused on the investment opportunities in Upi which is an agriculture rich area with tri-people culture (Teduray, Moro and Settlers). One of the identified investment potentials in the Municipality of Upi to be tapped and supported is the rubber industry given the area’s fertile lands and good climatic conditions.

RBOI Meets Stakeholders To Review 2016 ARMM Investment Priorities

The Regional Board of Investments-ARMM met stakeholders from different sectors to review and update the 2016 ARMM Investment Priorities Plan (IPP). The consultation conducted on April 6, 2016 was held for the first time in Parang, Maguindanao. This is to include the people in this booming municipality to actively participate and share their insights and concerns on investments generation in the ARMM.  It is also in Parang where the Polloc Freeport and Ecozone is located.

Lawyer, Ishak V. Mastura, Chairman of RBOI said that the IPP is the basis for RBOI to grant fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to registered enterprises. The active participation of the government and private sectors in the development planning of the region is one key to sustainable development. Combined strengths of different sectors can create a conducive business environment and enhance regional competitiveness. IPP consultations are avenues to assess the...