• 28 February 2015
MANILA, Feb. 28 -- By fast-tracking development in the war-torn Bangsamoro through infrastructure build-up and intensified delivery of social services, the government sees faster and more effective way to rebuild the region from the damages of repeated conflicts that have made it and its people the poorest in the country, a basic objective of the peace process which the government pursued in Mindanao. Faced by a poverty incidence rate of 48.7 percent in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as of 2012, the government sought to fast-track development in the region by proposing a P17-billion Special Development Fund (SDF) in the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), according to government peace panel member Senen Bacani. The BBL, the charter for a new Bangsamoro regional government to replace the ARMM, is pending review and approval in both chambers of Congress. Official data from the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) showed that among the provinces in the ARMM, Lanao del Sur posted the highest poverty incidence rate with 68.9% with Maguindanao scoring the second highest poverty incidence rate at 57.8%. The island provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-tawi have sligh ...Read more

Energy Department working to minimize power outages, Palace says

 CENTRAL  28 February 2015
MANILA, Feb. 28 -- The Department of Energy (DOE) is carrying out measures to ensure minimal power interruptions, especially during the summer months, the Palace said on Friday. Energy authorities have said that the supply of electricity in Luzon might not be sufficient for the demand during summer ...Read more

Philippines, France agree to enhance bilateral ties

 CENTRAL  28 February 2015
MANILA, Feb. 28 -- The Philippines and France agreed to strengthen their bilateral relations and elevate their bilateral relationship to an enhanced partnership during the visit of President François Hollande to the Philippines. President Hollande's historic visit is the first to be made by an ...Read more
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