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...

ARMM Stability Brings P600-M More Investments In The 4th Quarter


(Cotabato City. October 29, 2015). A total project investment value of about Php 600 million  was recently approved by the Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). These newly registered  RBOI firms, the Maguindanao Energy Farms Incorporated (MEFI) based in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao and Matling Industrial and Commercial Corporation (MICC) operating in Matling, Malabang, Lanaodel Sur shall be eligible  for fiscal and non-fiscal incentives being provided by the government. The Maguindanao Enegry Farms Inc. invested Php400 million for a 474 hectare-napier grass plantation. The napier plantation with production capacity of 256,133 metric tons per annum   will be used to supply the fuel need of Lamsan Power Plant also located in Simuay Sultan Kudarat. Napier is highly valued industrial crop, a good source of biomass energy which will naturally regenerate or renew...

Business Forum Tackles Economic Consequences Of A Watered-down BBL Less Than ARMM

COTABATO CITY.  September 16, 2015.  The business sector in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) together with the economic agencies of the autonomous regional government held today a discussion on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) entitled “Forum on the Economic Impact of the BBL:  Original Draft vs. Substitute Bills”.

The ARMM Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) sponsored the half-day forum.

The original draft BBL is the one drafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission that was legally reviewed and agreed upon by the Office of the President and submitted by President Aquino to Congress for legislation.  

The substitute bills refer to House Bill 5811 and Senate Bill 2894 for the so-called “Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region” or BLBAR that is supposed to replace Republic Act No. 9054 or the expanded ARMM Organic Act, as a result of the signing of the...

Basilan Needs More Power Generation To Become Next ARMM Investment Destination

(COTABATO CITY, September 8, 2015). Energy is top investment opportunity in Basilan. Taking actions to the power generation needs of the province will make Basilan the next ARMM investment destination. The province needs about 8.8 megawatts daily of power, but the available supply is only 7.4 causing every day rotational brownouts throughout Basilan. The province has a daily power deficit of 1.4 megawatts.

Basilan Province, one of the country’s largest producers of rubber, coconut and  seaweeds was recently visited by the Regional Board of Investments (RBOI), Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao  (ARMM) where the agency conducted a Consultation and Roadshow on the 2015 ARMM Investment Priorities  Plan (IPP). The consultation was attended by over 60 participants from different sectors in Basilan and some businessmen from Sulu.

Basilan’s power shortage has hampered business operations, household...