Cotabato City (17 June 2015) – Investors and business leaders in the province of Maguindanao participated in a public consultation on 16 June in Cotabato City to promote the region’s industries and to review the 2014 ARMM Investment Priorities Plan (IPP).
The Regional Board of Investments of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RBOI-ARMM) led the consultation with concerned government agencies and other stakeholders.
Lawyer Ishak Mastura, chairman of RBOI, said the exercise is part of the regional government’s objective of increased participation of stakeholders in the planning of the region’s economic development.
“We will conduct the same public consultation in the other provinces of the region (Lanao de Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi),” RBOI chairman Mastura said. The 2014 IPP is a tool for industrial development, economic growth and consists of specific economic activities that are based on industry studies, plans and roadmaps.
This corresponds to the Regional Development Plan of ARMM in accordance with the 2011-2016 Philippine Development Plan. The identified priority economic activities are the basis for the incentives granted to qualified investors in the region.
Chairman Mastura said the parameters in the review of the projects include net value added, job generation, multiplier effect and measured capacity.
The 2014 ARMM IPP preferred activities, or key industries, are agriculture; agribusiness; aquaculture fishery; basic industries; consumer manufactures; infrastructure and services; industrial service facilities; engineering industries; logistics; BIMP-EAGA (Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-
Philippines East Association of Southeast Asian Nations Growth Area) trade and investment enterprises; tourism; health; education; services and facilities; and halal industry.
As of June 2015, a total of about Php1.5-billion worth of projects were invested in the region. Chan C. Mining Inc. invested Php741.8 million for its nickel ore mining and quarrying project in Tawi-Tawi. The Lamsan Power Corp. expanded its existing power plant to an additional 5.5 megawatts capacity worth Php686.7 million in Maguindanao, and the Tawi-Tawian Petroleum Trading, a company into importation and distribution of petroleum products, invested Php121.2 million including building an oil depot in Tawi-Tawi.
RBOI also registered firms into Promotion of Investments Sustainability Organization (PISO) to strengthen investments generation in ARMM through a strong partnership with the private sector. The PISO will serve as an advisory body on issues related to investments and will help promote the region as a viable business destination to potential investors. (Bureau of Public Information)