SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier, Davao City
6 November 2014

President Benigno S. Aquino III was the guest of honor and keynote speaker of the Philippines Development Forum on Bangsamoro held at the SMX Convention Center at Davao City where the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) was introduced to the public and development partners of the government.

The BDP was an initiative of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) together with the government to lay short-term, medium-term, and long-term strategies for the rehabilitation, recovery and development of conflict-stricken areas within the scope of the Bangsamoro region.

In his speech, the President emphasized on the great efforts that have been made to make way for peace and stability in Mindanao and that it will soon bear its fruit. “The Mindanao we all aspire is within reach. The progress is palpable, and it is apparent that our efforts are having a profound effect,” His Excellency said. “Together, we will realize our vision of a new Mindanao: one seen by the global community as a region of skilled, talented, and peace-loving people, of vast natural gifts, and of boundless progress and prosperity,” he then added.

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