Minbizcon to discuss BBL and federalism

Organizers of the Mindanao Business Conference (Minbizcon) in September have decided to change the focus of the event in anticipation of the approval of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Arturo M. Milan, president of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that from focusing on linking Mindanao with the rest of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the organizers decided to focus how to develop Mindanao in an inclusive way.

Milan said that among the key issues that are expected to impact on the development of Mindanao, particularly in ensuring that inclusive growth is achieved, is looking at the impact of the BBL as well as the much-anticipated proposal on federalism.
“They key points that will be discussed, that will make Minbizcon very exciting and interesting, are the BBL and federalism,” he said.

The local chamber has joined hands with the Tagum City Chamber of Commerce and Industry in organizing the event which will be held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.
Milan said the business sector in Mindanao “wants to understand really what the BBL is all about and how the federalism” will impact the island.

He said that discussing the two issues, which are expected to be intertwined, must be maximized in order that the results become inclusive.

Another key issue that will be discussed during the three day event is the “Build, Build, Build” program of the national government. Milan said there is a need for government to tell the business sector in Mindanao what key projects are set to be implemented and when these projects can be realized.

Among the key projects that have been pushed is the proposed Mindanao Railway System which the Department of Transportation (DOTr) earlier revealed that the first phase will be implemented in the third quarter of the year and is expected to be completed before the end of 2021.

This phase, which is a part of the three phase project, will be a 104-hectare line between Tagum City in Davao del Norte and Digos City in Davao del Sur. Based on the briefer from the DOTr, the segment will reduce time travel by about two hours to about 90 minutes.

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