Business forum tackles ARMM autonomy as baseline for federalism
(September 12, 2016. Cotabato City) The Regional Board of Investments-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RBOI ARMM) recently conducted a “Forum on the Business Experience of Autonomy vis-vis Federalism: The ARMM Case” in Cotabato City. The forum was organized to raise public awareness on the issue of changing the present unitary-presidential form of government to federalism and to present the ARMM experience of autonomy as a baseline for federalism.
Lawyer, Ishak V. Mastura, Chairman and Managing Head of RBOI said that the forum is just timely since the Duterte administration is pushing for a federal form of government claiming that it is favorable to the country due to its diverse ethnic population and existing social pluralism. The RBOI wants to take part in making the people understand the issue and develop the right decision if federalism is good or not for Filipinos, specifically to the Bangsamoro, and tackle in the forum possible advantages to business if ever a Bangsamoro State will be established under a federal government, Mastura added.
One of the speakers of the forum, Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo, former Executive Secretary of ARMM during the Adiong Administration said that Federalism in a Bangsamoro State could decentralize processing and approval of licenses and permits, could allow the region to access to robust capital market and may lead to stability of policies.
Atty. Rasol Mitmug Jr. Chief of Staff of the Office of the Regional Governor (ORG-ARMM) also one of the speakers said that ARMM is the closest actual experience that the Philippines has with Federalism. Federalism is about “Autonomy” and how to deal with it through institutions, Mitmug Jr., further said.
Another resource person, Mr. Edgar L. Bullecer, Director of Unifrutti Group Philippines shared their company’s success of almost 20 years of doing business in the ARMM despite concerns on peace and order, inadequate infrastructure, poor state of education, among others.
Mr. Rizal Barandino, Program Manager of the Hineleban Foundation Inc. (FHI) talked on the Business Sustainability Framework or the BRIDGe Project which is a transformational business partnership among local investors, local communities, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), FHI and RBOI-ARMM aimed to set environmental standards for investment projects and invigorate farmers to join the cash economy and chose the life of peace.
ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman said “the present ARMM set-up with additional provisions from the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) can be good ingredients to push for federalism in the Bangsamoro region which may eventually promote peace and accelerate economic growth in the region.
Source: ( RBOI )
Sep 13, 2016 @ 08:26