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The Jobs Challenge for the BARMM

Nearly 50 years of conflict has significantly impeded the development progress in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Consequently, even with the advent of peace, the region finds itself in the early phases of agricultural transformation, in which the labor market remains closely tied to the overall performance of its agricultural and fisheries sectors. The binding constraint for employment growth in this phase is not so much the lack of skills, but rather the lack of investor interest in the region, stemming from the persistent perception of the region as being unsafe and high-risk. Undoubtedly, the most urgent concern for today’s national and regional policymakers is ensuring that millions of BARMM workers have meaningful jobs. Yet with the gargantuan challenges faced by the BARMM government today, the specter of policy overload or policy proliferation hampers the process of prioritization and implementation. This paper highlights specific policy areas where immediate action could be taken and where low-hanging fruits could be reaped.


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