Bizpeople urged to help BOL succeed
Photo showing a recent celebration in Lanao del Sur at the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law

The government hopes the business sector will help the recently signed Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) achieve 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.

Speaking on behalf of Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Jesus Dureza, he urged all the delegates to preserve 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.

Discussions on the BOL headlines this years Mindanao Business Concerence (MinBizCon), an annual event orgsnized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce snd Industry (PCCI). The law is seen by many as a gamechanger in Mindanao owing to the broad support it has received from various de tors, including former rebel groups.

The recent signig of the BOL law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, drew wide attention to business groups in search of new opportunities in Mindanao, home to 26 million Filipinos, and a growing source of commodities materials and market for products experiencing unprecedented economic growth especially in its southern provinces covered by regions 11 and 12.

With the BOLs passage, hopes are ripe to end the long standing conflict that has stymied business growth in the so called Land of Promise, home to some 26 million Filipinos. It will replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindsnao and is seen as the first federal state under a proposed shift to a federal form of government.

At the same event, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. President Ma. Alegria Limjoco, assured government leaders of support for the BOL but also with the government’s infrastructure 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," she said.