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More foreigners expected to invest in Maguindanao

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Brig. Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan of the Army's 6th Infantry Division plants an MAGUINDANAO, Philippines - Local entrepreneurs expect more foreigners to put up more organic plantations in the province following Wednesday’s launching of Asia’s first ever environment-friendly 1,500-hectare banana farm in Ampatuan town.

Bai Sandra Siang, chair of the Muslim Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kutawato, said the new all-organic Cavendish banana farm near the site of the infamous Nov. 23, 2009 “Maguindanao Massacre” sounded interesting to their contacts abroad, who learned about it via social media.

Siang said what is also fascinating about the banana venture is the involvement in its establishment of clerics belonging to its main operating entity, the Al-Mujahidun Agro Resources and Development, Inc. (AMARDI).


All-organic banana farm launched in Maguindanao massacre site

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Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu slaughters a lamb as sacrificial offering during Monday's launching of what could be Asia's first ever 1,500-hectare MAGUINDANAO, Philippines - Local folks on Monday witnessed the launching of Asia's first ever 1,500-hectare "all-organic" Cavendish banana farm near the site of the infamous “Maguindanao Massacre.”

The farm is being developed jointly by a group of Muslim religious leaders, local entrepreneurs and two multinational benefactors, the Univex and the Delinanas, a subsidiary of the international Del Monte fruit firm.

The entity to run the farm in Barangay Masalay in Ampatuan town, the Al-Mujahidun Agro Resources and Development, Inc. (AMARDI), will also put up an Islamic school, a hospital, and a “halal” food processing plant in the area to help address poverty and underdevelopment besetting the local communities.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 August 2014 15:43 ) Read more...

Tilapia brings displaced Moros back to war-torn villages

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A farmer disperses tilapia fingerlings, donated by the Maguindanao provincial government, in a fish cage in Barangay Busligan in Datu Salibo town, scene of bloody encounters between soldiers and Moro rebels from between 2000 to 2008.MAGUINDANAO, Philippines – The fragile peace and the potentials of modern backyard tilapia culture are enticing Moro peasant families to return to a conflict-stricken district in Datu Salibo town which they abandoned due to deadly conflicts in years past.

Life is now returning to normal in Barangay Busligan in Datu Salibo, whose residents were driven away from their enclaves by the deadly encounters between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the military between 2000 and 2008.

For local folks, backyard tilapia culture, which is now a lucrative industry in some areas in Maguindanao, was the 'magnet' that hastened the return of evacuees.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 July 2014 14:54 ) Read more...

Alma Moreno vows help for Maguindanao biz goals

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Parañaque Councilor Alma Moreno, national chairperson of the league of councilors, and Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu pose for press photographers during a break in their meeting in Buluan town on Friday. MAGUINDANAO, Philippines  - Actress Alma Moreno of the national councilors’ league said she will help in the promotion of Maguindanao as investment site.

Moreno on Friday paid Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu a visit in Buluan town to thank him for supporting her candidacy for the league's top post during its March 2014 election.

Moreno, a councilor in Parañaque, is the league’s incumbent national chairperson.


Flooding disrupts Ramadan in parts of Maguindanao

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MAGUINDANAO - It is the recurring flashfloods, not armed conflicts as what authorities had prepared for, that have been disrupting the on-going observance of Ramadan by residents in the province and surrounding towns in low-lying areas in North Cotabato.

Hundreds of commuters were again stranded on Wednesday at the Bulalo-Pinaring stretch of the Cotabato-Davao Highway in Maguindanao’s Sultan Kudarat town after rivers straddling through the area overflowed and inundated the thoroughfare following three days of heavy rains in surrounding hinterlands.

Workers of the Humanitarian Emergency Action and Relief Team (HEART) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the local government unit of Sultan Kudarat, the police, and the military were busy helping commuters and motorists cross through the flooded portions of the highway until dawn Thursday.

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