May 19, 2006
Cotabato City- Envoys of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) met with Regional Governor Datu Zaldy Uy Ampatuan of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) yesterday as part of their field visit to Southern Philippines.
The delegation, composed of representatives from the OIC Secretary General and diplomats of OIC's Committee of the Eight, will go around to identified areas in Mindanao to assess the implementation of the 1996 GRP-MNLF Final Peace Agreement.
Among them were Libyan Ambassador Salem Adam, Saudi Ambassador Mohammed Ameen Mohammed Wali, Indonesian Ambassador Irzan Tandjung, Malaysian Charge d' Affaires Wan Jaafar Mahamud, Ambassador Muhammad Abui Quashem of Bangladesh and Ambassador Emaleen Abdul Rahman Teo of Brunei.
Head of mission Ambassador Sayed El-Masry, Adviser to the OIC Secretary General, said that their visit is intended to have a "true evaluation...
May 19, 2006
Eight (8) ARMM officials from different ARMM offices went on a two (2) weeks training program as part of the ARMM Human Resource Development Program under the auspices of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). This is part of the support package for peace and stability in Mindanao by the Government of Japan. The eight (8) trainees were expected to achieve the following objectives:
- To observe the agricultural/fisheries and their activities in local areas, in order to expand the knowledge about the agriculture/fisheries promotion by local government;
- To visit the local governments who have made a satisfactory achievement in local development, and to exchange their views with officials through discussion;
- To find the Japanese models which are applicable to ARMM...
On January 24 & 25, 2006, Mindanao Investment Forum for Seaweeds was held at Estosan Garden Hotel, Cotabato City. This was hosted by the BFAR-ARMM under Regional Dir. Keise T. Usman sponsored by the Department of Agriculture-ARMM headed by Regional Secretary Datu Sajid S. Druz Ali. The Forum was attended by seaweed producer Regions IX, X, XI, XII, CARAGA Region and the host region, ARMM. Keynote speaker during the occasion was Hon. Domingo F. Panganiban, Secretary of Department of Agriculture, national. Activities presented on the first day were Business Scenario in ARMM presented by Chairman Datu Haron U. Bandila of the ARMM Business Council; Investment Opportunities in the ARMM presented by Assistant Secretary Maritess Maguindra of DTI; Investment Incentives in the ARMM presented by Mr. Larzon Santos on behalf of Chairperson Ms. Sheryl Siao, of RBOI-ARMM and a Video Presentation of ARMM potentials from the Bureau of Forestry and Aquatic Resources , ARMM.