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...

OIC Representatives Visit ARMM

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...

Regional Board Of Investments Conducts IPP/NILE

On May 12, 2006. Networking on Investments with Local Exacutives (NILE) together with Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) was conducted at the Municipality of Wao, Lanao del Sur.This was designed to let Local Government Unit Executives be aware of the role of the municipality/city government towards investment promotion. One part of the workshop of the NILE was the identification of the preferred investment areas which is also needed for inclusion in the IPP. Hence, the Board of Investment was required to design a Regional Investment Priorities Plan through consultation with private sector, government, non-government organization and people’s organization; review and update  in identifying and listing of investment priorities plan to be submitted to the national BOI for consolidation before it is endorsed to the President for approval.

Among the Investments...

ARMM Officials' Japan Educational Tour


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:


  1. 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;
  2. To visit the local governments who have made a satisfactory achievement in local development, and to exchange their views with officials through discussion;
  3. To find the Japanese models which are applicable to ARMM...


Cotabato City- Key officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and prominent businessmen in the region came together on March 15, 2006 to discuss the current business climate in the ARMM vis-à-vis the present economic policies and existing support facilities and infrastructures.
The activity dubbed as Roundtable Discussion on the Special Export Economic Zone (SEEZ) Agenda and Regional Economic Zone Authority (REZA) Law was conducted as part of the implementation of the Business and Peace Program of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), a private and non-profit foundation established by the country’s top business leaders, together...