COTABATO CITY, May 16, 2011, The Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) announced that investments registered with their office in the first quarter has surged by 1,650% as a result of the recently approved investment of the EA Trilink Corporation in April of its P1.5 billion telecommunications project in the region. The project seeks to set up and franchise 2,000 internet-ready mobile tele-kiosks where each tele-kiosk will have 3 employees each so it has a potential to generate at least 6,000 jobs. Last year the RBOI managed to register only P91 million investments in a bio-mass power plant in Maguindanao and in a construction project in Tawi-Tawi.

ARMM-BOI chairman, lawyer Ishak Mastura, said that “This is a remarkable turnaround of the investment climate in the region considering that last year investor confidence in the region was negatively affected by the Maguindanao massacre of...

U.S. Ambassador Kenney Lauds “Creativity And Innovation” Of Women.

U.S. Ambassador Kenney lauds "Creativity and Innovation" of Women, Urges Greater Leadership Opportunities During Visit to Cotabato City


Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney traveled to Cotabato City on July 9-10, where she gave the keynote address at the Women’s Forum on Poverty Reduction, a gathering of Mindanao’s female leaders to address issues of poverty, environmental degradation, and conflict.


Pictured above is Ambassador Kenney (center) with the Forum’s organizing committee, including Bai Sandra S. Basar, Council for Women Business Owners and Entrepreneurs and Bai Sandra A. Sema, UNESCO Commissioner and First Lady of Cotabato City.

The Women’s Forum on Poverty Reduction...

Celebration Of The ARMM Symbolic Marker And Installation Of The "Wall Of Light"

ARMM Exec. Sec. Atty. Oscar Sampulna, Sr. with other ARMM Officials
(L-R: RPMA Manager Alejandro Ampatuan, DTI Asec. Maritess Maguindra,
RBOI Chairperson Sheryl Bacar Siao, TMS Dir. Bassit Accoy) during the
Unveiling of the "Wall of Light" 

The unveiling of  the “Wall of Light”,  which is a symbolic marker installation of the Alliance for Mindanao Off-grid Renewable Energy (AMORE) Program in ARMM, was celebrated on February 26, 2007 at   the Shariff Kabunsuan Hall  of the ARMM Complex. 


This important event was witnessed by some of the cabinet members spearheaded by Atty. Oscar Sampulna, Executive Secretary of ARMM who represented the Regional Governor Zaldy...

Seaweeds Processing Plant In Shariff Kabunsuan Province

A five million (P5M) worth Seaweeds Processing Plant,  a pilot project for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to produce Alkali Treated Chips, will soon operate in  Parang, Shariff Kabunsuan Province and the nearby provinces to the benefit of the seaweed farmers in the area.


This was an output of the 1st Seaweeds Congress in the ARMM last February 27-28 at Estosan Hotel, Cotabato City which was spearheaded by the Seaweeds Industry Association of the Philippines (SIAP) and BFAR-ARMM.


ARMM being the top producer of Seaweeds in the Philippine for export gives justice to putting up a processing plant within its region.

The plant is intended to address some of the issues and...

Mindanao-Palawan Seaweeds Mission To Sabah, Malaysia In February 11-17, 2007

The Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCO), in coordination with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources(BFAR), has organized a mission to Sabah, Malaysia, last February 11-17.

This is part of the measures being undertaken by the Philippine government to improve the seaweeds industry in the country.

The mission, which was composed of public and private fishery officials from Mindanao and Palawan, is intended to bolster the performance of the country’s seaweeds industry.

The delegation was spearheaded by the BIMP-EAGA Fisheries Coordinator for Mindanao and Palawan, Mr. George Campeon, Regional Director of BFAR XI-Davao Region. Also with the team is Mr. Keise Usman, BFAR-ARMM Regional Director and Mr. Virgilio Alforque,Region IX-Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Director to provide the mission with technical assistance.

Processing plants and some growing areas in Sabah were visited by the delegation and meet their...