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P33.5-B ARMM budget hurdles House, set for Senate committee deliberation on Sept. 18

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THE P33.469-billion proposed budget of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for 2018 was approved late Tuesday by the House of Representatives and is set for committee-level deliberation at the Senate on Monday, Sept. 18. “We are proud of what we have accomplished in the ARMM and we have answered all queries sufficiently during the pre-plenary hearings. The House has shown yet again that it trusts the regional government,” Gov. Mujiv Hataman said in a statement. ARMM’s economy rebounded by 0.3% in 2016 from a contraction of 0.4% the previous year, boosted by expansions in both the industry and services sectors. Agriculture, hunting, forestry, and fishery continued to be the biggest contributor to the economy at 56.3%, followed by services at 38% and industry at 5.7%. — BW Mindanao Bureau

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