The government is seeking help from the business sector in a bid to make the recently signed Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) successful in building a better future for Mindanao.
In a speech read by Bangsamoro Transition Commissioner Jose Lorena, he said the government recognizes the contribution of the experts in the business and trade industry in their role in peace and progress.
“While the government is doing the work to create an enabling environment in the region, help us by steering efforts that will create job and livelihood opportunities for the people within the Bangsamoro,” Lorena said during the 27th Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) on Thursday at Tagum City.
Lorena substituted Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Jesus Dureza, who wasn’t able to attend the conference due to important matters.
He urged everyone’s cooperation in building and preserving the culture of peace in Mindanao.
“Considering the amount of support coming from different sectors and stakeholders, and no less than President Rodrigo Roa Duterte himself, I urge you to rally behind the advocacy and work with us as we build this culture of peace in Mindanao,” Lorena said.
BOL is one MinBizCon’s highlights as part of its goal in discussing current opportunities and the unexplored potentials of Mindanao.
With the law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, it sought a wide attention to business groups in search of new opportunities in agribusiness, manufacturing, energy provision, mineral exploration and financial services.
BOL, as a transition to the former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the law is hoped not only by the people living under Bangsamoro dominated area, but the whole Mindanao in ending the plagued with war and conflict brought about by injustice and marginalization for a long period of time.
Duing the opening of the MinBizCon, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. President Ma. Alegria Limjoco, in behalf of all the local chambers in the country, made an assurance in its support of the government programs, not only on the BBL and the proposed federalism, but also with the government’s infrastructure program, the Build, Build, Build program.
“The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law is an important step in enabling the vision of building a shaped future for Mindanao that is prosperous, inclusive and resilient,” Limjoco added, “I affirm PCCI’s support of the BOL and it’s implementation.”