DTI-ARMM offers free business counselling as region celebrates 25th year anniversary

December 4, 2014 12:08 pm 

COTABATO CITY, Dec. 4 – The Department of Trade and Industry in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DTI-ARMM) is offering free business counselling services as part of the silver anniversary of the ARMM.

DTI-ARMM Regional Secretary Sakiran Hajan said his office is providing free counselling to anyone who would like to do business in the region.

On-going at the office of the regional governor (ORG) compound, the free business consultations have so far served more than 50 individuals eyeing business ventures in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

“We are open until December 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” Hajan said, adding that investors from outside the region are also welcome.

“We would like to let our prospective investors that it is now safe and health to infuse capital in the region,” he said.

He said ARMM has a turn around and everybody knows it.

“I am now inviting our investors from within the region, outside the region and from anywhere in the country,” Hajan said in an interview over DXMS Radyo Bida Cotabato.

During his State of the Region Address (SORA), ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman stressed that the region has a turnaround in terms of investments.

Hataman said that during his reign the region has achieved an accumulated Php5 billion investments from the time he was named by President Benigno Aquino III in early 2012 as caretaker governor until his election in 2013, and until now.

He attributed the dramatic increase in investments to the cumulative positive effects of the peace process and the ARMM reforms on governance, thanking in particular RBOI chairman and managing head, Lawyer Ishak V. Mastura for the remarkable turnaround of investments in the region.

RBOI also recorded a total of 5,753 jobs created from 2012 to 2014.

Mastura said most of the projects invested in the region and registered with RBOI are into agriculture production (banana plantations), biomass energy, petroleum products distribution and construction of oil depot, mass housing projects and nickel ore mining projects. (PNA)

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