It is wrong to say that Mindanao’s formula for development and progress hinges solely on giving an autonomous government to our Muslim brothers and sisters.
True the Bangsamoro government will usher in peace after decades of fighting between government forces and Moro insurgents clamoring for a bigger voice.
But there is another important factor needed to provide Mindanao with firepower to lure investors and spur progress and development.
The power of power or stable supply of electricity.
Where are we in so far as the power to propel industries is concerned?
In the inside page is a news report about an official of a government agency mapping out economic strategies for Mindanao.
He expects a flood of investors lured next year by the island’s power supply. He was not only talking about stable supply. He was assuring Mindanao will have “excess” power by 2015.
Indeed, hydropower plants, coal-fired power plants and other energy sources are sprouting up today in Mindanao.
For an island hobbled for many years by power crisis, the news about stable power supply is the biggest news in Mindanao today, with as much import as the creation of the Bangsamoro government.